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  1. cc85

    Coffee Van

    Hi all Im looking for a bit of advice/info and figured this may be my best place to get it. Im looking to start a small mobile coffee business! I was wondering if anyone could tell me if 1. Should i buy new and custom made or should i buy an second hand van and then get it converted? 2. what are the best quality and value companies to use? 3. I've been looking for some small quirky vans i.e piaggio ape, mega van, what other vans would you recommend 4. lastly what what coffee machine? could i fit a 2 group auto on these vans? I understand I've asked a few questions but really wanna do my research before buying. Many thanks Craig. :coffee:
  2. A unique opportunity has arisen for the purchase of a VW T2 Bay window camper which has been converted to sell espresso coffee. The van itself is in excellent condition with a superb engine and very solid underneath. No expense has been spared in fitting this out and the conversion was done by a VW specialist who can vouch for the work and van. It comes with a years MOT and tax exempt. The installation has been done so as not to ruin the vans' looks or integrity, the rock and roll bed still folds flat! The coffee unit has been done so it can function on gas, electric or battery covering every situation. The unit consists of the following equipment: BFC manual retro espresso machine (runs on either gas or electric) Britta water filter Water pump Gas bottle Water container Coffee grinder Fridge Power inverter Electric hook up (located under rear bumper) Also included in the sale: Website, email, twitter and facebook pages All cups, lids sugar, stirrers etc. Coffee Table Gazebo (and weights) Lights I have done a few events and the van has always pulled a decent crowd and makes good money. Its a great talking point and has lots of potential - weddings, events, gigs, shows etc... Unfortunately other business ventures have taken priority hence the reluctant sale. The van alone is worth ££££'s Please email me with any questions.
  3. Hi all, I am looking to set up my first business. I am thinking of buying a Piaggio ape tm to sell from. I need some advice on where are the best places and events to sell? I want to have a pitch at my local train station does anyone know how to go about this? what is the best coffee to use? also how much is the insurance on these vans? any other advice or suggestions would be great help! Thanks
  4. Chaps, I couldn't find any guidelines whether Ebay links were not allowed, so here it is: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/fracino-coffee-machine-/290899218910?pt=UK_BOI_Restaurant_RL&hash=item43baf1d1de Anyway, it's only up for another few hours - good luck if anybody bids! Cheers, Nobby
  5. Hi everyone, we've been running a mobile coffee business since 2011 in the South Oxfordshire area. http://camper-cafe.co.uk. We are expanding and this year we will have 3 units at Henley Regatta. We're looking for a barista to join our team of 6 who can work 4-8 July. If you're interested drop us a line at [email protected] Barista skills would really help! Thanks, Beth
  6. Hi all, I'm Caroline, I've been using the forum anonymously up to now for info whilst starting up my own coffee business, so it's about time I joined properly. I've got a Fracino contempo dual fuel machine and mazzer grinder in a Piaggio Ape van. I've gone from working in an office, to a coffee shop, to outside with my van in the last year. Currently looking for more work bookings in London (markets, events, private parties, etc.), so any tips on getting these would be welcome Thanks, Caroline Perky Coffee http://perkycoffee.co.uk
  7. Hi, We have setup a nice looking three wheeler coffee van and its all ready to go. We are roaring to go but someone has brought to our attention however that travelling with a coffee machine ( we have a MyWay Pompei Lever) might cause serious damage to it when changing location unless the machine is left to cool for a couple of hours. Although I can imagine that pressure build up, if not reduced, may be dangerous especially on bumpy roads I find hours to depressurize an operational problem. I was wondering if anyone could give some kind advise on the above and any procedure used to avoid such damage. For example does opening the steamer fully while waiting for the machine to cool down solve the issue? Or does this cause other damage? I look forward to anyone's feedback, thanks in advance
  8. Hi, New to this site today, in need of some help please. I have just purchased a Peugeot Bipper which I am getting converted into a coffee van, however having fun trying to get decent insurance quote. Can anyone suggest any ideas?
  9. I'm selling my coffee van, it's a Citroen Nemo with just short of 70k, runs and drives fine. The coffee machine is a 2016 Astoria Lever dual fuel. The van van is rigged up with electrics enabling you to either run everything from mains electric via a hook up point, or run the grinder and pump via the leisure battery and the coffee machine from LPG gas. There is a 25l fresh water container on board and plenty space to add others. The grinder is a Casadio on demand. looking for £6495 ono, located just out of Doncaster. Any inspection/viewing more than welcome. Cheers Ryan
  10. Hi All, I have just registered to the forum and was wondering if anyone had a bit of advice for me. Being new to the idea, but being very passionate about acquiring a small coffee van, I have been looking into the options of leasing or buying a vehicle. Obviously a plus of leasing is a guarentee and support, but how reliable is it to buy private. I know it all depends on who, how old, mileage etc, just like a car, but I have noticed people selling there vans after the lease is up with a guarantee from their previous suppliers. I was wondering if anyone knew of any good links for buying/selling vans, or leasing vans, or any other info that might be helpful to me. Kind Regards, Ian
  11. Link to ebay advert https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183687439...84.m1555.l2649 After using this for a few months at the pitch i wanted - it sadly wasn't busy enough to be worth while. Hopefully someone else can make a go of it. Probably best to contact me via the number in the advert. Thanks
  12. The Piaggio Ape 50 van comes with a Fracino 2 group espresso machine, a Mazzer electronic grinder, built in drawer fridge, and knock out tube. I'll also include the remaining cups, lids, stirrers and sugar sachets that I have. The van is just over 1 year old, has very low mileage (just under 200 miles), and the paintwork is in good condition. It drives well, but for longer distances I would recommend towing it. I bought it last year intending it to be an additional income source, but unfortunately I don't have enough time to be able to dedicate to running it properly. The van's ready to start trading, and includes: Piaggio Ape 50 professionally converted to sell freshly roasted coffee, finished in superior quality stainless steel for a contemporary look. Award winning Fracino 2 Group semi-automatic coffee machine. The machine comes in a split brushed and polished steel, which compliments the conversion perfectly. This machine is "duel fuel" and can run from both gas, or electric. Mazzer Mini Electronic Model A - doserless grinder. Industry brand leader used by some of the biggest name like Costa. A more robust, reliable steel framed grinder. Also finer adjustments can be made to grind your beans to perfection. 12v Compressor Fridge drawer. Keeps milk perfectly chilled. Adjustable temperature and low power consumption. Commercial grade battery power system, upgraded from the standard size Built-in Gas Compartment 70L Built-in Water Tank Commercial Coffee Knock Out Tube. Coffee Knockout Tube is 860mm tall. The strong and sturdy knock out tube holds so much coffee waste it will last you all day before emptying. Knock out tube Cash drawer Waste Tank Sink Unit Huge Storage Area I'm open to offers over £9K, collection only from London. If you would like to see the van, give Caroline a call on 07719929658 to arrange a time
  13. Hello folks! Sorry if this is a repeat of other threads previously but thought I should make a new one so everyone could see it. So... unlike the previous thread about a new mobile coffee business, I have the experience of making coffee (3 years Pro Barista in Speciality Coffee) working in some great shops in Yorkshire with top coffee from roasters such as Square Mile, Workshop, Dark Woods etc. Although I have experience of making good coffee my technical experience with equipment and electrics is not so good. Ideally I wanted to go down the route of opening my own shop but just finding it difficult with finance and I think a little lack of confidence, so thought it may be best to go down the mobile route for a bit to start with. I'm here just to get some advice really as this forums seems full of people with lots of sound working knowledge. What I have currently is a Toyota Hiace van (Reliable but not new) with a tailgate back door. My intention is to put a coffee machine, grinder, sink and jug wash in the back and serve coffee at events starting asap. I'm even thinking of going down the route of driving around business parks throughout the week to serve coffee to the corporate world. I'm based in the North East, approx 45 minute drive from Newcastle and so was thinking of Christmas Markets or finding a regular pitch on a weekend in a city. My dilemma is that I already bought a machine back when I was thinking about opening a shop. It's a lovely machine Faema E61 Legend but it's not so suitable for mobile. It's a machine that I'm reluctant to sell as it fits with my business model when I eventually get round to doing it, so if I could use it it would be ideal. I've spoken to someone who has experience with this machine (technically, he's a lot more clued up than me) and he suggested not to downrate the machine but to just buy a generator that will power it. The max power of machine is like 4-4.5KW, I'd obviously need a grinder, and as the machine is single boiler it's not so great in recovery so would probably need either a separate hot water boiler for Americano or use a Fetco for batch filter as black coffee option. The generator I was looking at (although it's not silent diesel) its a more affordable and quieter petrol/LPG that I was going to run in the back of the van, piping out the exhaust. Do you think I would be stupid to try an run this set up or should I just try and invest in something like a Fracino level machine, which I could run on LPG and leisure battery? I would also be looking a weddings, which could be indoor and no way of lifting that beast. Does anyone know if the Fracino 2 groups are liftable by one person? Would appreciate any advice. I'll keep this thread as my ongoing progress so can ask further questions. Cheers, Steve
  14. We are looking for outdoor events to attend this year in the Midlands and London areas with our eye-catching VW Transporter coffee van. Anyone with any suggestions/contacts please! See what we look like at http://www.volkscafe.co.uk
  15. Hi, I'm planning to start a coffee van with my partner and we're now at the point of planning the conversion. We are very much bootstrapping so being cost effective is a priority at the moment (very little disposable income to throw). As cost is a big issue during start up phase, I was wondering if it would be possible to run a traditional machine from a system of deep cycle leisure batteries as against going down the traditional (and simpler) route of an LPG machine? We would upgrade when cash and demand allowed, but is it feasible whilst starting out with low volume requirements? Thanks, Joel.
  16. Following an abortive coffee van venture, I am disposing of everything I gathered a few years ago, as I need the room and they're sat, unused: Purchased the van a few years ago (Piaggio Ape 3 wheeler) in working condition, though it's been sat a while so will require re-commissioning/testing etc. Photos to follow. it has a slightly larger coachbuilt box type rear body, with opening doors to work/service from. It also has a 'false' bottom, in which the batteries/pumps etc would be located. finished in red, it has extremely low mileage (50ish... yes FIFTY miles I think... I'll check and update) and was only used from a trailer. I also have, by separate negotiation, a towing A-Frame which raises the front wheel of ground and turns it into a trailer. Never fitted to this, but a very quick few bolts to fasten job. would like £2500 for the van based north/north-east. Cheers, NBN
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