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Starting our cafe in Melbourne (not CBD thank goodness) - Advice appreciated!

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  • Starting our cafe in Melbourne (not CBD thank goodness) - Advice appreciated!

    Hi guys,

    Long time lurker/reader, first time really posting!

    My colleagues and I have finally scraped together close to six figure capital to start up our cafe. We're aware this is on the lower side, so we have to keep to a tight budget any way we can. We have collectively ~6 years in coffee, and specialty is what we love and want to do for ourselves. Will start out primarily as takeaway coffee with kitchen-less food setup, with the possibility to expand into kitchen later (ie. allocation of water/gas/elec + floorspace).

    Would heartily welcome any advice, especially on the more difficult stuff. (Roasters, bean choice, equip, branding we've got down, of course
    Some of the things we're looking at:

    - water quality in Maribyrnong - esp in relation to extracting compounds & filtration type
    - any permits (we're aware of trade waste, facades, food safety) and how to approach them
    - how to identify and cost plumbing/electrical requirements
    - leasing vs purchase of hydra/strada-level machine - what's best for startup/initial cashflow. and how many providers are there for leasing in Melb?
    - self fitout: best places to source for cheap fitouts? (we will empty interior to a shell and work the tenancy)

    - And of course, any pearls of wisdom you can only get from actually having done it!

    Thanks, any comments appreciated!

  • #2
    I can't help with your questions but wish you luck. Great place for a cafe


    • #3
      Sorry to say but you need to know the answers to these questions yourself before you go into business, and if you're planning on roasting yourselves I would focus on saving your capital to allow for unforeseen expenses and to cover the prospect of running at a financial loss for the first one to two years of trade, before parting with that extra cash


      • #4
        Thanks. We ask more to verify what we've worked on, and to see if there's anything we've missed. There's a lot of good knowledge out there. Don't worry, I don't think anyone would be as irresponsible as to not plan!

        For us, roasting will be much further down the track