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    Hi guys,

    I am really interested in getting a mobile coffee cart started. I was hoping someone might know some useful information on things to do with starting a coffee cart business. Any information would be appreciated e.g. laws, licenses, profitability thoughts?


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    Regulations can vary state to state.
    Where are you?

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    NSW..south coast

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    Just ring your local council and see what they require you to have in you cart and just go from there. work out if you want a van,trailer, or speedie cart and what events you can pick up and who else in your area is in the same business

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    You could try Carts Australia. There are a lot in Brisbane CBD and they are working well.

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    Hello, I am a new member of CS. I would like to ask those in this forum if they think the coffee business is still viable or is it saturated>? Im in the Brisbane area. Thanks! :)

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    Brisbane is a big area Nancy.
    Care to narrow it down for us?

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    I reckon that the Australian market is pretty much saturated with bad coffee, especially in the CBD of most big cities. If on the other hand, you want to invest in great coffee, staff and equipment and produce coffee to the best possible standard, you will offer something special and like the great places, also be successful. This requires commitment to the bean and the process, not the dollar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 25232A393D2E327A4B0 link=1258113592/5#5 date=1260655155
    I would like to ask those in this forum if they think the coffee business is still viable or is it saturated>?
    In my opinion the answer is yes to both.

    Yes its saturated (with mediocre and bad coffee).
    Yes its viable if you are going to make GOOD coffee and can get your reputation out there.

    *snap Chris (I should have refreshed my screen).


    P.S. Welcome to CS Nancy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 60666F7C786B773F0E0 link=1258113592/5#5 date=1260655155
    Hello, I am a new member of CS.I would like to ask those in this forum if they think the coffee business is still viable or is it saturated>?Im in the Brisbane area.Thanks
    Dont know about Brisbane, however while in Adelaide last Friday I commented to my better half that I would hate to be trying to make a living out of coffee, there seems to be a roaster/espresso bar on every corner.

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    Friendly and personalised customer service
    Fast service and turnaround times
    Amazing espresso and milk drinks
    Foot traffic

    I think if you can tick the above four criteria you have a recipe for success anywhere in Australia no matter how strong the competition is.

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    Regulations for a mobile Cafe

    Regulations for a mobile Cafe...Is there any..I imagine there is some health issues ..anyone know ....I live on the northern beaches in Sydney....Thanks in advance..

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    Hi Smiley,

    Over yonder ^^^^^^^^^^>>>>>>>>> is quick search. I tried "coffee cart regulation" and turned up quite a few threads.

    Its always worth a crack first....

    I have spliced your thread to a similar one...

    2mcm

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2A756D7B707B777E7E7D7D757976180 link=1258113592/12#12 date=1292234715
    Over yonder ^^^^^^^^^^>>>>>>>>> is quick search. I tried"coffee cart regulation" and turned up quite a few threads.

    Its always worth a crack first....

    I have spliced your thread to a similar one...

    2mcm
    Cheers.

    Still getting my head around computers,searches ,and different protocol on individual sites..I will get it together....with time...in the mean time ..bear with me please.. :)

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    If you do a search with google I think the Sydney City regs are there in a PDF somewhere, they seem to be the defacto standard used by a lot of councils. Basically 2 sinks one for hands one for wash up. Easy clean surfaces (read metal) refrigeration and know how to handle food without killing anyone ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 787F7B747C766373747D1A0 link=1258113592/14#14 date=1292278334
    f you do a search with google I think the Sydney City regs are there in a PDF somewhere, they seem to be the defacto standard used by a lot of councils. Basically 2 sinks one for hands one for wash up. Easy clean surfaces (read metal) refrigeration and know how to handle food without killing anyone Wink

    Thank you Will do

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    Foot-way rules, Brisbane council:
    http://www.lgtoolbox.qld.gov.au/BrisbaneCC/EH/FoodBusinessTemporary/Pages/Overview.aspx

    Fees:
    http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/laws-permits/roads-footpaths/footway-fees-charges/index.htm

    For Queen Street or Chinatown, Contact Brisbane City Council City Malls on (07) 3403 8888.

    Valley also has special rules.

    Brisbane mobile food rules:
    http://www.lgtoolbox.qld.gov.au/BrisbaneCC/EH/FoodBusinessMobile/Pages/Overview.aspx

    Qld rules for all hospitality businesses:
    http://www2.business.qld.gov.au/documents/restaurant_cafe_takeaway_smartguide.pdf

    As I understand it, you dont need a food license to just sell coffee, but you can give the council a call to be sure.


    Other reading:

    Online tool to find Qld government forms for business: http://www.sd.qld.gov.au/dsdweb/htdocs/slol/

    http://www.business.qld.gov.au/starting-a-business/index.html

    http://www.business.qld.gov.au/before-you-start/legal-obligations/legal-requirements.html

    Heavy reading:
    http://www2.business.qld.gov.au/documents/what_you_need_to_operate_a_business_in_qld.pdf


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    Coffee Cart Business in NSW

    Hey folks,

    Trust everyone is having a nice start to the week.

    Ive been a home barista (roasting is up next in my list) for the past 4 years now and have been keeping myself up to date with industry news through magazine subscriptions (i.e. BeanScene and Cafe Culture). I still re-read old articles over and over again, each time with a higher sense of motivation and inspiration to introduce a concept into cafe industry. The market is saturated with mediocre coffee, and I think there is opportunity there.

    I am thinking of starting a little cafe; but thought it would be wiser to start small by doing a coffee cart business first. Perhaps just try getting my concepts out there (e.g. choice of food) while keeping in line with the likes of espresso standards served in Campos Newtown (NSW), Di Bella (QLD) or Tobys Estate (NSW).

    While I was just walking around the city, I noticed a few coffee carts around the streets of Sydney. Perhaps I have not Googled hard enough, but is there a NSW government site that details the area coffee carts are allowed to trade? Food Authority NSW and CityOfSydney provide details of health requirements and permits, but nothing much on the location where small business owners can set up their stalls.

    Is there anyone out there who knows of this information? Im interested in bringing coffee to the public on a daily basis, not just in markets/exhibitions.

    If you have any experience in this field, I am more than interested to hear your thoughts or challenges faced too (via PM), and what kept you going in this competitive industry?

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Thanks,
    Darryl.

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    Hello mirx,

    A quick search >>>>^^^^ on the term coffee cart returned plenty of hits- including the thread I have spliced your your post to ;)

    Good luck...

    2mcm

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    Sounds like you are pretty early in your planning, each area has its own unique interpretation of "the rules" so you need to go and talk to your local council. They will put a lot of obstacles in your way so you need to be persistent, go and talk to them early in your planning so you know if it is a waste of time or a possibility. Also running a cart will be hard work and you have to realise that there is a lot more than just making coffee. You will be a running a small business so you have to handle staff, stock control, and a million other things so just loving coffee wont be enough. I hope it works out for you but make sure you go in with your eyes wide open.

    Brett



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