45 Creative Coffee Shop and Cafe Names

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.

Catchy Coffee Shop Name Ideas

Aroma Mocha
Grinders Cafe
Steamy Beans Coffee
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
Steam Beans Cafe
Wide Awake Cafe
Grind House
Steamin' Mugs
Yo Jo Coffee Shop
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!

What's your favorite coffee drink?

  • Frappuccino
  • Cappuccino
  • Latte
  • Macchiato
  • Espresso
See results without voting

More by this Author

  • 50 Best Burger Restaurant Names

    If you have a deep love for burgers and the money to start a business, then a burger restaurant is just what’s in store for you! Here are 50 tasty burger restaurant name ideas.

Comments 41 comments

carmyn koberinski 2 years ago

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

tutta profile image

tutta 2 years ago from Florida Author

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! :)

Java Moe 2 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

yeah 2 years ago

The Frapp House

Paradox 2 years ago

The bean hive

fernanda coffe 2 years ago

sephy coffe

Carlos :P 2 years ago

Bits And Bites

David 2 years ago

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

Johne818 2 years ago

Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such excellent info being shared freely out there. cbedgkddkaae

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.


MasterDripper profile image

MasterDripper 2 years ago from Philadelphia

very creative names indeed - thanks

Emilia Riera profile image

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!

arjun 22 months 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 ...

alejandra 21 months 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...

SabrinaH1 19 months ago

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

iqbal 17 months ago

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

Ben 17 months ago

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

Pringle 17 months ago

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

Java Moe 16 months ago

Selma Alabama,

The Pinto

King Cotton Cafe

The Long Walk Cafe

The Picket Fence Cafe

The White Pillow Cafe

George Nyakundi 15 months ago

Nice names,but am yet to find the best

Tousef Zakir 12 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

owais 12 months ago

bla bla coffee bar

Mayoorii 11 months ago

Im opening a terrace cafe please suggest a cool name

Ramon 11 months ago

Your cafe should be named

'Zakir's Deli'

Glace 8 months ago

That's a good name.

MOHAMED SHAFEER 8 months ago

noni restaurant

Emary M. Dalida 7 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?

Emary M. Dalida 7 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???

Java Moe 7 months ago

where exactly is this coffee located?

Emary M. Dalida 7 months ago

Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro Philippines

Ni3 Chemate 7 months ago


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

mike brown 4 months ago

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

Jignesh 4 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.

Rachel 3 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.

Harley 3 months ago

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

christina 2 months ago

love the names i need a craft name

karen 7 weeks ago

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


hemant 7 weeks ago

very nice

vinay rai 2 weeks ago

can you please help me naming a cafe using my name ?

Tom 2 weeks ago

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

Crysta 11 days ago

Opening a coffee shop in a mall. I need some ideas for names.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article