Coffee Franchise List: Quick Info on 5 Popular Coffee Franchises

Interested in joining a coffee franchise? This coffee franchise list offers a quick comparison of the five most popular coffee franchises.


The average American adult has coffee interwoven into their daily routine. Whether it’s an early morning eye-opener or an afternoon pick-me-up, coffee helps fuel our day. Statistics indicate that 60% of U.S. coffee drinkers visit a coffee shop once a month, while another 50% prefer the convenience of drive-thru locations. In either case, people are showing up for their caffeine fix in a big way.

With so many options out there, let’s take a look at some of the most popular and successful names on our coffee franchise list for 2022. This is only a brief overview, so if something piques your interest, be sure to dig in and learn more about them before committing.


What was founded and first known as Beaner’s in 1995 changed its name to Biggby Coffee in 2007, with all existing franchises converting to the new brand. With over 260 locations across 13 states, Biggby Coffee prides itself in supporting people in “building the life they love” in addition to offering gourmet coffee.

The initial investment to own a Biggby Coffee franchise ranges from $202,450 to $418,700, including the $20,000 initial franchise fee. Biggby Coffee also offers a 50% franchise fee discount to qualified veterans seeking to own a location. Biggby Coffee was recently ranked No. 265 on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list for 2022.


PJ’s Coffee brings a special New Orleans flair to its coffee business, along with Southern charm and the iconic beignet on their menu. They are known for embracing high-quality beans and superior roasting methods. Franchising since 1989, PJ’S Coffee of New Orleans has been growing steadily, now sitting at No. 280 on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List.

The brand currently operates 122 franchise locations and is actively seeking new franchisees. The initial franchise fee to own a PJ’s Coffee franchise is $35,000, with total initial investment ranging between $200,775 to $584,000. Veterans are offered a 20% discount off the initial franchise fee.


The Human Bean first appeared as an espresso stand in Ashland, Oregon, in 1998, expanding to other locations throughout the state over the next five years. The brand became a drive-thru franchise in 2002 with a focus on environmentally sustainable growing, harvesting, and processing methods, rewarding farmers by offering above-market prices and using the extra money to fund improvement projects in their communities.

With 121 locations in operation across the U.S., The Human Bean is still actively developing new franchise deals. The brand asks an initial franchise fee of $30,000 with a total initial investment between $380,025 and $905,205. Due to higher investment costs, prospective franchisees are required to possess a net worth of $500,000-$1,000,000. The Human Bean is currently ranked No. 88 on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, up 11 spots from last year.


No coffee franchise list would be complete without mentioning Dunkin,’ a ubiquitous presence in the coffee industry for nearly seven decades. With 12,800 locations across the globe, Dunkin’ is one of the largest coffee and donut shop chains in the world. With over 70 varieties of donuts as well as endless coffee options, the Dunkin’ brand and its franchisees have maintained success by consistently following the company values set forth by their founder, Bill Rosenberg.

Dunkin’ currently occupies the No. 11 spot on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List. The initial franchise fee to own a Dunkin’ location ranges from $40,000 to $90,000, a notable increase from others on our list. The total initial investment is between $437,500-$1,787,700. Net worth and cash requirements are comparable to others, but ongoing royalties are higher, which is in line with the size and scope of this franchise. However, it may not present an ideal opportunity for first-time franchise owners.


If you’re looking for a franchise coffee shop with the perfect combination of affordable startup costs, flexible business models, comprehensive training, ongoing support, a world-class marketing team, and a killer extended franchise network, look no further than Scooter’s Coffee®. With over 400 unique Scooter’s Coffee kiosks and coffeehouses open and operating around the country, we look forward to working with new franchisees who can get on board with our motto: Amazing People, Amazing Drinks…Amazingly Fast!

Scooter’s Coffee is currently ranked No. 66 on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List, up 37 spots from last year. With an initial franchise fee of $40,000, the total initial investment to own a Scooter’s Coffee franchise ranges between $512,400-$860,000, a reasonable buy-in for one of the fastest growing coffee franchises on the market.

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