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45 Creative Coffee Shop and Cafe Names

Updated on March 22, 2017
What to name your cafe?
What to name your cafe?

Choosing the Perfect Coffee Shop Name

So you’ve got what it takes to open a small, local coffee shop: serious barista skills, recipes for a bunch of awesome beverages, and the knowhow to whip up some delicious eats.

That’s all great and totally necessary, but what are you going to call your cafe? Brew up a big pot of coffee for this one because this is going to require your attention.

Look around at all of the successful coffee shops and you will find that a majority of them have great names. Much like in any other type of business, choosing a name that is both unique and catchy is an important part of the business-planning process. You want a passerby to actually walk in, and a good name can make this happen.

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Catchy Coffee Shop Name Ideas

 
 
 
Aroma Mocha
Grinders Cafe
Steamy Beans Coffee
Baristas
Ground Up Cafe
Tatiana's Cafe
Beans 'n Cream Cafe
HuggaMug Cafe
The Busy Bean
Beany Business
Impresso Espresso
The Coffee Club
Boston Barista
Jacked Up Coffee
The Family Bean
Club Coffee
Jumpin' Beans Cafe
The Friendly Bean
Coffee Express
Jumpstart Coffee Shop
The Grind
Coffee House
Lava Java
The Hideout
Coffee Time
Manhattan Mocha
The Roasted Bean
Cup o' Joe
Mugs Coffee
The Split Bean
Dream Bean Coffee Shop
No Doze Cafe
The Steam Room
Espresso Cafe
Screamin' Beans
Topped Off
Espresso Express
Spiced Chai Cafe
Wake Up Cafe
Expresso
Steam Beans Cafe
Wide Awake Cafe
Grind House
Steamin' Mugs
Yo Jo Coffee Shop

Creative Business Naming Tips

What will you name your cafe?
What will you name your cafe?

Cafe Name Brainstorming

A few things should be considered:

  • Keep it simple. Choose a name that's short and sweet and try to avoid cafe names that are difficult for the average Joe to pronounce or spell (pun intended)! You want them to be able to remember you rather than settle for the nearest chain coffee shop. (Yeah, we’re looking at you, Starbucks!)
  • Look to your specialty beverages and treats. Find inspiration, perhaps at the bottom of a cup of coffee (or two, or three...). "Espresso," "Mocha," and "Latte" all sound good in a name, especially to someone yearning for a cup.
  • Use your name. If your name is Joe, celebrate with a shot of espresso! Espresso Joe’s sounds pretty good! Even if your name isn't Joe, it will add personality and homeyness to your cafe's name.
  • Use your location. Location plays a big part in the success of your coffee shop, so why not emphasize it in your shop's name? Manhattan Mocha, Jacksonville Java, and Boston Baristas are a just a few examples to get the juices (or should I say coffee) flowing!
  • Use adjectives. Using a coffee drink or tasty treat in the name? Try adding different adjectives (hot, homemade, sweet, etc.) to see what flows nicely together.
  • Use the theme. If your cafe will have a theme, incorporate it into the name if possible.
  • Think of your audience. Are you trying to gear your cafe toward a certain crowd of people? If this is the case, keep this in mind when thinking of cafe names. Youngsters aren’t likely to frequent a cafe called “Old Geezer's Coffee.”

Finding the perfect name for your coffee shop.
Finding the perfect name for your coffee shop.

Get Opinions From Others

After making a very long list of possible names (it is okay to list some that seem silly or outrageous, as this list will be narrowed down, and after reading these outrageous names a few times over, they may grow on you), give the list to close friends and family members and have them choose the names they like. This will give you an idea of what names will give your cafe that frontline appeal, the kind of appeal that can make all the difference.

If you are really having a hard time coming up with any names, or if you find yourself stuck between a few good ones, invite a group over to discuss it over some coffee (how suitable)! Just keep sipping that coffee, the name will come to you!

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      carmyn koberinski 3 years ago

      I like your names but can you think of some names that you can use if your cafe is not about coffee

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      Tatiana 3 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Carmyn. I hadn't included other names since the main focus was on coffee shop/cafe names. Check out my article about bakery names; it might have more of what you're looking for. Have a great day! :)

      https://toughnickel.com/starting-business/bakery-n

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      Java Moe 3 years ago

      Why.. Hello Carmyn Koberinski my name is Java Moe and if you like I can make some suggestions about your naming issue. Perhaps you can tell me a little bit about your shop.

      Below are some suggestions I made to a friend earlier but hers was a different situation. Perhaps with more info I can be of help.

      Solar Cafe

      Sunspot Cafe

      Sparrows Coffee House

      Eagles Point Cafe

      Kneed Cafe

      The Mighty Red Cafe

      Blue Bliss Cafe

      Paradise Coffee House

      Sanctuary Cafe

      Perch Cafe

      Roosting Point Cafe

      Boots Off Cafe

      Laid Back Coffee House

      Easy Chair Cafe

      Remember You get Moe with Java Moe

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      yeah 3 years ago

      The Frapp House

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      Paradox 3 years ago

      The bean hive

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      fernanda coffe 3 years ago

      sephy coffe

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      Carlos :P 3 years ago

      Bits And Bites

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      David 3 years ago

      My coffee shop will have an old General Store theme. Any suggestions for a name?

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      Johne818 2 years ago

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      Elisabeth 2 years ago

      I've been thinking about opening up a cafe for a few months now, as I've been drinking coffee and loving it for the past couple of years. I think I've got what it takes to create a place where coffee lovers will feel like home. This article has been really inspirational for me in my endeavors to find the right name for my coffee shop.

      Elisabeth

      http://coffeedrinker.net/

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      MasterDripper 2 years ago

      very creative names indeed - thanks

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      Emilia Riera 2 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Fun. I once met a business couple who owned a gas station with a drive through espresso shop. It was called the "Pump and Grind." Seriously!

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      arjun 2 years ago

      Hi my name is arjun paul and I have a place in india mukteshwar. It's a cold place , super cold rather..what should I name my cafe ...

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      alejandra 2 years ago

      Well, thanks for the help. I think that works for someone who knows what to sells or what he/she wants. Not like the person who i'm working for right now... Would you bealive me if I tell you that his star product are Doughnuts, but he doesn't like them?! he doesn't like his commercial name either... The only thing he knows is he wants to build a café and compete with a Starbuks which is 2 blocks the place... The closest name i have for this is "Come here and give us your money". He doesn't even have a good coffee's offer...

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      SabrinaH1 2 years ago

      Thanks for your suggestions! Any ideas for a cafe serviced by special needs individuals or shall I say special baristas!

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      iqbal 22 months ago

      SabrinahH - The caring Coffee? or the caring mug? Serenity?

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      Ben 22 months ago

      I need a name for my Coffe shop I live in Sydney australia? Strong and catchy name

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      Pringle 22 months ago

      I am opening a coffee shop in historic selma, alabama need a name for the coffee shop

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      Java Moe 20 months ago

      Selma Alabama,

      The Pinto

      King Cotton Cafe

      The Long Walk Cafe

      The Picket Fence Cafe

      The White Pillow Cafe

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      George Nyakundi 20 months ago

      Nice names,but am yet to find the best

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      Tousef Zakir 17 months ago

      hi iam tousef zakir i have open cafe in karachi -pakistan my cafe loacted in that area where is high class n middle class people living and people most like desi food such as bbq, fast food, burger, rolls, biryani, etc

      can u help me to suggest any name?

      i shall be thankful to u

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      owais 17 months ago

      bla bla coffee bar

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      Mayoorii 15 months ago

      Im opening a terrace cafe please suggest a cool name

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      Ramon 15 months ago

      Your cafe should be named

      'Zakir's Deli'

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      Glace 12 months ago

      That's a good name.

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      MOHAMED SHAFEER 12 months ago

      noni restaurant

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      Emary M. Dalida 12 months ago

      my Sister in law and I are planning to have a coffee shop along the highway nearest to college and higschool.What should we name about our cafe?

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      Emary M. Dalida 12 months ago

      My name is Emary and my sister in law is Elma.We are planning to have a coffee shop along the high way closest to college and highschool. Any suggestion for a name for our cafe???

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      Java Moe 12 months ago

      where exactly is this coffee located?

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      Emary M. Dalida 12 months ago

      Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro Philippines

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      Ni3 Chemate 12 months ago

      Hi

      I m opening speciality cafe serving only buttery EGG menu please suggest me name, it's located nearby college campus and middle class residential area

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      mike brown 9 months ago

      I am opening a drink stand on campus mainly juices ....any brilliant names? I'm in Accra Ghana by the way

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      Jignesh 9 months ago

      Can u suggest an all day veg cafe bistro with beautiful retro indoor and greenery outdoor seating tucked in a quiet back of the house. BTW I'm from Chennai, India.

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      Rachel 7 months ago

      I am in the beginning stages of opening my coffee shop and have come up with the name of

      Heavenly Java

      please tell me what you all think.

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      Harley 7 months ago

      I need a lil help with naming a cafe shop with cake and tea

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      christina 7 months ago

      love the names i need a craft name

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      karen 6 months ago

      Adding a coffee shop to my gift store, cant come up with the right name. anybody have any good names? need help

      thanks

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      hemant 6 months ago

      very nice

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      Tom 5 months ago

      I think a good name would have bean (pun intended). "Mean bean" cafe

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      4 months ago

      cherry bomb cafe

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      Masseyfabfive@gmail.com 3 months ago

      What do you think of Jim's Beans for a drive thru coffee shop?

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      nicky & Darren Abrahams 2 months ago

      im opening a rural coffee shop warehouse style fitted we struggling with names

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      Wow 2 months ago

      You're so cute

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      Vicki 8 weeks ago

      Sips with Bites

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      Nickiesha murray 7 weeks ago

      Hi Java Moe I would really like your help I live in Kingston Jamaica and I want an amazing name idea for my coffee house its a variety of items there like pizza, hot dog and sweets treats and of course coffee but I can't come up with a name I want something unique,memorable and very catchy I want when people hear the name they feel happy and want to go there and feel relaxed and special. Thanks in advance

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      runa 6 weeks ago

      hi guys, can you please help me come up with a name of the bar im gonna be planning to open?

      thanks a lot!

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      Rowan Malin 5 weeks ago

      Kappa

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      Bonnie 2 weeks ago

      Are these made up lol

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      Camdyn 10 days ago

      What if your looking for coffee/bakery names? I'm doing a school project on economics and have to start my own business.

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