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Cowgirls Espresso


Talk about a niche no one else has thought of! Cowgirls Espresso took two strong markets and combined them: coffee and women wearing bikinis. Cowgirls Espresso has quickly built a reputation and loyal clientele not only for their excellent coffee, but also (and more importantly for some customers) their friendly, smiling service by attractive bikini-clad women. Founder Lori Bowden knew in order to succeed with coffee stands in coffee-loving Seattle, she’d have to do something to stand out. Her answer: servers in bikinis. The concept has gained national attention and franchise requests started rolling in by the thousands.

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Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$79,550 - $107,500
Franchise fee
Units in operation


Cowgirls Espresso is planning to expand their concept from the Pacific Northwest region to a nationwide chain. Franchise locations are available to operate a drive-through business, including a walk-up window, offering a menu of specialty espresso beverages and quality baked goods. Cowgirls Espresso is offering single unit and multi-unit agreements as well as Master Franchising Agreements.

Cowgirls Espresso Franchise Opportunities – History

Cowgirls Espresso was founded in 2002 by Lori Bowden, and has since expanded to 14 locations in the Seattle/Tacoma, Washington, region. With franchise requests pouring in, Cowgirls Espresso has plans to expand to California, Texas and other locations.

Cowgirls Espresso Franchise Cost / Initial Investment /Cowgirls Espresso

Franchise Income

The estimated initial investment to open a Cowgirls Espresso business ranges from $75,000 to $115,000, including a franchise fee of $25,000 for up to two locations. For multiple locations (2 to 5), the initial investment ranges from $120,000 to $264,000. A royalty fee of 7% of monthly gross sales is paid to the company.

Cowgirls Espresso Business Opportunities: Other Information

Every Cowgirl Espresso shop is painted in a cow theme, white with big black cow-like spots. Maxim Magazine named Cowgirls Espresso the ‘Sexiest Coffee Shop’ in America in March 2012, and the Seattle-based pop-punk band Quickie featured the original Cowgirls Espresso shop in a rock video in 2010.

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