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    Hi, I am looking at starting up a coffee trailer business in WA. Which are the best forums to start with in here and what are the top 5 things that I should spend time researching. Thanks in advance.

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    Well, if I may ask what is likely a rather obvious question to kick things off: do you want to learn how to run a cart, or do you also need to learn about making great coffee?

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    • #3
      Kaparach, welcome to coffee snobs.

      Use the Advanced Search at the top right of this page tio see what has been discussed here.

      Barry.

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        Hi tobeanornottobean. Both. I plan on doing a basic barista course and then getting some on the job training from a friend who runs a cafe and has been making coffee for 10 plus years. I have run a small business previously so have a little experience but nothing in coffee/food area. I am starting by trying to research as much as I can from those who have done it before.

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        • #5
          Thanks Barry. I will give it a go.

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          • #6
            I cant help re business side of things, but there is plenty of info here and on the web about making great coffee. Maybe check out things like brew ratio/dosage, extraction time, it's relationship to grind size, the need for good distribution, fresh beans, frothing milk...highly recommend a site called barista hustle. The guy who runs it has world titles in coffee making. He's a bit of a nerd, who explains some important concepts quite well. Should get you started on your journey on an excellent footing. Make good coffee and they might come.

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            • #7
              Hi kaparach, from someone that has just built a coffee truck I have some fresh insight. Decide on equipment you intend to use, then source your generator/ power supply. It was and still is my main problem, if you intend to run of mains power your ok. Power demands are crucial to us mobile guys. Secondly, thoroughly plan your hydraulics. Fresh water, waste water, R.O etc etc. Its vital you get this balance correct for a decent run time away from any source of fresh water. Best of luck

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              • #8
                First thing I'd be looking at, if you're planning on manning the trailer yourself, is whether it's likely to be profitable enough for you for the effort involved. I've read many stories of people selling after a year or two, which doesn't mean much in itself, but worth looking into IMO.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by simonko View Post
                  First thing I'd be looking at, if you're planning on manning the trailer yourself, is whether it's likely to be profitable enough for you for the effort involved. I've read many stories of people selling after a year or two, which doesn't mean much in itself, but worth looking into IMO.
                  This is a valid point and well worth the consideration. Presumably your feasibility has indicated it will be profitable.

                  Nate

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                  • #10
                    Thanks nathanharley. Great advice and will factor into the plan.

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                    • #11
                      Fortunately or unfortunately it will be my husband manning the trailer. He is currently self employed one day a week and is looking for a new business venture to take up. On paper it works and we should do well in time....So while yes we don't want to invest the time and effort if it is not going to be profitable, we have the luxury of not being dependent on his income from day 1. Just gives a bit more breathing space while we learn the ropes. I realise this is a pretty lucky position to be in so am grateful for the opportunity to give this a go.

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                      • #12
                        If you have any specific questions just shoot me a message Kaparach.

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                        • #13
                          The general opinion I've come to after hearing of many stories is that it can be very profitable if you can whip out coffees fast and are in high traffic areas, but it is exhausting. I'd have a look at what events are on in the local area and the industrial estates, see what competition there is.

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