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101 Coffee Shop and Cafe Name Ideas

Updated on October 30, 2015

Choosing a Name for Your Business

Deciding on a name for your new business can be difficult and stressful. You want a name that that captures the essence of what you are providing. You want a name that stands out from a crowd of competitors. Most of all, you want a name that will remain relevant for years to come.

No wonder they're so hard to come by. Fortunately, some rules do apply, and these can help you decide upon a name if none in the below list fit the bill. In this article, you'll find:

  • 101 cafe and coffee shop name ideas
  • Rules and general tips to follow when deciding on a name
  • Tips when it comes to brainstorming about your business' name

101 Cafe and Coffee Shop Name Ideas

We spilled the beans below on some great name ideas for your cafe!
We spilled the beans below on some great name ideas for your cafe!
 
 
 
 
The Village Cafe
Epic Cafe
Providence Cafe
Pot Luck
Sweetbrew
Coffee & Cake
The Jam Jar
Cosy Coffee
The Atrium
Royal Coffee
Basket & Green
Cocobean
The Lab
Star Cafe and Coffee
Inside Cafe
Eastside Cafe
Cinammon Cafe
Le Cafe
Cafe Thirteen
Stillwater Cafe
Basin Cafe
Hillside
Edge Cafe
The Daily Grind
The Antique
Bean & Gone
Espresso Joe's
Uncle Joe's
Cafe Culture
Cafe Mode
Temptations
Cafe Latte
Yummies Coffee Shop
Coffee Central
Fresh
Steaming Mugs
Cafe Arabica
Robusta Cafe
Aroma Coffee
Coffeeville
The Coffee Lounge
Ol' Cafe
Sweet Treats
Town & Country Coffee
Urban
The Coffee Grinder
95 Degrees
Riverside Cafe
Cafe Plus
Zone Cafe
Beans & Cream
Sugar Cube Cafe
Dream Bean Cafe
Express-O Coffee
Coffee 101
The Cube
The Little Cafe
Bits and Bites
The Hideout
Eight Acres Cafe
Capital Coffee
Yo Yo Coffee
Kaffeinate
Cocoa Coffee
Interact Coffeehouse
Spectrum Cafe
Flip Cafe
The Parlour
Coffee Shot
Essence Cafe
Zest
Oh!
The Busy Bean
Streets Cafe
Cafe Java
Coffee Break Cafe
Cafe Bellissimo
Flamenco
The Boardwalk
Coffee Hut
Coffee Republic
Cafe 2.0
The Barracks
7 Monks Cafe
Cafe Italia
Parisian Cafe
Myriad
Honest Coffeehouse
Globe
Waffle On
Country Lane Cafe
Spoonful Cafe
The Brim
Brekky Cafe
Coffee Crew
King's Cafe
Tulip's Cafe
Waterfront
Coffee Lab
Cafe Pronto
Cafe Continental
 
 
 

Rules of Choosing an Effective Business Name

Some names are both memorable and simple.
Some names are both memorable and simple.

Here we go. Choosing a name for your new cafe or coffee shop shouldn't be that hard. But you do want to get it right. So, I've compiled the following list of general rules for naming a business:

  • A business name should be memorable and lasting

The perfect name should roll off your prospective customers' tongues. It should be easy to spell and pronounce, because the best publicity of a business can often be found through word-of-mouth. If adoring customers can't tell all their friends about the great service they received at Joe Blogg's Patisserie and Coffee Shop, they might just talk about Starbucks instead.

Having an easy-to-spell name also makes it easier for potential customers to find you in a phone book or business directory.

  • A business name should have a visual component

A business name should be accompanied by a complementary visual element. This is different from connotations, which will be discussed below. This will help build affinity with customers — who can now relate a name to an image and vice-versa — and help develop a business brand.

Many people also find it easier to remember an image rather than a name. However, this can work in your favour as well as against it, which brings me to the next rule.

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  • A business name should have positive connotations

If the image you've decided to combine with your business name brings about a negative emotional reaction from your potential customers, they are less likely to eventually become your customers.

This relates to colours as well as anything the business logo represents. If you have a cafe concept in your head that involves heavy use of the colour black and bright pink, this may dissuade customers from stepping inside to have a cup of joe. If by contrast your logo is a warm brown and depicts a lady delicately sipping a coffee, this would seem comparatively more inviting.

Pretty simple stuff. If you operate a legal firm, you don't want a name such as "Lilac Legal Affairs" that will undermine the serious nature of the business. You should prefer a name that conveys strength to your customers, such as "Rockwell Solicitors." Notice how both names convey strong metal imagery.

  • A business name should tell customers what you do

A good business name should need no explanation. Without being too boring or explicit (No name such as "My Cafe" would suffice), a name should tell a customer what good or service you provide, and invite them in to spend money.

This also makes your business easier to find. By having a name that conveys what your business does (whether this is architecture, legal work, or landscaping), a name that includes the service you provide is easier to find in a phonebook or online, and easy for the average customer to identify.

Brainstorming Your Own Business Names

In case none of the 101 cafe and coffee shop names appeal to you, here is a short guide on how you can come up with one by yourself. You have the rules already, you have the business concept, and now you only need to know how to capture the perfect idea on paper.

  • Keep it simple. When deciding upon a name for your business, keep it simple. Keep it short and descriptive, and choose a name that will convey what you do.
  • Make it relevant. Make sure you choose a name that relates specifically to your business model or theme. If you have a Parisian theme, use a name that evokes thoughts and emotions about France. If you specialise in espresso-making, and your name happens to be Joe, consider a name such as "Espresso Joe's."
  • Incorporate your own name. On that prior note, you can also incorporate your own name into the business. This builds a reputation for your business, and conveys ideas about a small business with personalised service straight from the owner or manager.
  • Use your surroundings. This adds a local and relatable touch. If you live in a town named Stonefair, consider naming your business "The Stonefair Cafe," for example.

Ask Others for a Second Opinion

Last but not least, always seek the advice of others before deciding upon a name for your cafe or coffee shop. It is sometimes possible to miss the forest through all the trees, or become too emotionally invested in choosing a name.

Getting someone else's opinion can be a breath of fresh air, and is sometimes necessary to create some distance between "the best idea for a coffee shop name you've ever had" and just a genuinely good name.

An Important Note: Double-Check Your Name

Espresso foam art, like snowflakes, are one of a kind. Unfortunately, cafe names are not.
Espresso foam art, like snowflakes, are one of a kind. Unfortunately, cafe names are not.

One final, but important note: double-check to make sure your name isn't already being used.

While I have made every effort to think of unique names, it is very possible that some of them are already taken by other businesses, especially in such a competitive industry as coffee shops. Be prepared for the possibility that you find the perfect name, only to find that it has already been registered. Don't fret, though, there are many more out there.

Good luck and have fun!

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      Rebecca Graf 5 weeks ago from Wisconsin

      Good tips. I have seen some very unique ones around here. I love it when I read one and get a laugh out of it.

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      Dreammore 6 weeks ago from British Empire

      I love coffee houses/shops. The best coffee house that has ever been is Caffe Nero. I love the "Nero" cappuccino. The best brand names tend to be the ones that stand out from the crowd in a domineering way. Starbucks - a way better brand name that Caffe Nero, but the coffee is not as good. Plus, has Starbucks ever heard of air conditioning, their customers are sweating before they have even got in the queue.

      As far as independent coffee house branding goes I would suck at naming any. How about shire/land/green/, a combination of something that relates back to the UK. Traditionalist thinkers may see the appeal in a coffee shop brand that takes the heritage seriously in the UK.

      If this is America that we are setting up this new coffee house brand in, then what about a take on Antarctica. As far as I'm aware, everyone in the UK likes Antarctica. I don't know.

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      MG 3 months ago

      Hello guys

      I own a cafe already and named it as orange tree cafe n restaurant

      I need to change the name

      Please suggest me with some catchy names

      I'm looking forward for your comments tq.

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      Unknown 4 months ago

      This was helpful to pick a name for my play hiyse cafe it is The Enchanted Cafe. How does that sound.

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      Moaaz Malik 4 months ago from Pakistan

      Well Written

      Moaaz Malik

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      Pettr Kasasira 4 months ago

      This gives a big push to my ideas. A snick pick into my business. It opens up my new world

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      Yadav Suresh 5 months ago

      Thanks

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      Katie Cruz 5 months ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Amazing ideas! Thanks for such an informative hub, I truly appreciate this.

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      Umar king 5 months ago

      Hy my name is umar King your name

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      Emmanuelnuamah 5 months ago from italy

      What a nice hub out there, keep it. I need people that will follow me on: http://hubpages.com/@emmanuelnuamah

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      monerhossain54 9 months ago

      Carbonated Coffee

      very good

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      Carbonated Coffee 9 months ago

      Nice list, was fun to read.

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      K Mani 10 months ago from Mumbai

      Oh...this is an excellent hub with lots of fun-filled ideas. Keep it up.

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      Seemab 10 months ago

      Hey i am an interior designer Nd i need a theme to design my own coffee shop. Can anybudy help me out?

      I am the theme should be more interesting to the viewers

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      Muhammad Umair Ghufran 12 months ago from Sargodha,Pakistan

      Hey Author ,

      I have one question about this topic , Coffee shop cafe name should depends on Target Market or not

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      Nayla Binhadyia 12 months ago

      Hey I want some help I opening a cafe and bakery please I need catchy names

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      Swing Dance 12 months ago

      Very good information here. Creative names. Thanks.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 14 months ago

      If I had a coffee shop, I'd name it 'Cool Beans,' lol.

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      Brandon Spiegel 15 months ago from North Texas

      These are fantastic! Thank you so much for the ideas, I will defintally have to show this article to some of my friends!

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      Ramya Sarma 16 months ago from United States

      Kaapi

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      Guided Abundance 16 months ago from Mobile, AL

      I like so many of these names. Very cool read!

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      Linda Robinson 16 months ago from Cicero, New York

      Hello Jared nice meeting you and happy to be following you. You have many very excellent brainstorms. A well written, very informative hub about a subject that nearly everyone can relate to. An extremely helpful hub, I really enjoyed it. And a definite must read for all those entrepreneurs. Linda

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      Jen Teague 18 months ago from Central Florida

      Really good ideas and tips here. I really like 95 degrees and SweetBrew. Thanks for sharing!

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      fahad 18 months ago

      im opening a specialty coffee shop and i want something creative and catchy so im thinking of " Brainwash Cafe". what do you guys think? any other options?

      thank you

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      John R Wilsdon 19 months ago from Superior, Arizona

      My kids own a coffee shop and have named it well. But this article has a ton of good ideas, I am recommending it to friends contemplating a new business. Well done!

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      Fatima Jalil 20 months ago

      Very interesting and informative hub!

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      Amit Ahuja 21 months ago from India

      -Beans & Mugs

      How is it....

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      konto 21 months ago

      Nice tips and valuable article overall. Thanks.

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      Kemsigns 23 months ago from 6/993 North Road Murrumbeena VIC 3163

      Love your technique. However, a combination of nice graphics and readable displayed shop name is also important.

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      d.k 2 years ago

      Very helpful...

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      Tamera 2 years ago

      Jared this is such a great help for many. I really enjoyed reading everything. Wow! Great that a person can share their experiances with others . Thankyou!!!!

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      Jared Miles 3 years ago from Australia

      Wonderful thank you techygran! As you know there's an immeasurable number of cafés around the world haha, I was bound to land on one that had already been taken! Thanks for the time taken to read my work, and I look forward to seeing you again in the future!

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      Cynthia 3 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Wow, Jared, this is brilliant and I prophesy that this article will soon be much read and applied! I know that "The Daily Grind" has already been snagged up, so thank you for that! (I forgot where I saw it). I'm sharing and voting you up! All the best! (I'll be back to read your other hubs)

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      Josef B 3 years ago

      Wow what a wonderful list, thank you heaps for so many ideas!