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    Hello all,

    I have read a lot of threads about this and they have been very informative. I just wanted to get a fresher take on it as most of threads I've read are a few years old.

    I'm thinking of starting my own mobile cafe - what does it take to be successful? I am more inclined to getting a custom van for myself than be franchisee because I feel like there's more freedom in it.

    SO based from your experience or just general knowledge of the market, how much do I need to get the business started? What are the common pitfalls and how do I prepare myself for it? I'd love to hear from everyone. Tips and just general advice will be very much appreciated.

    Just a quick background on myself, I'm an accountant/finance manager and I'm not a big coffee drinker but I know a lot of people who are absolutely in love with coffee and I see a very good opportunity in this market if done right. I know that there are a lot of mobile coffee vans out there but I want to try my luck and hopefully fill in the gaps and provide a more innovative service.

    Bazinga

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    Welcome to CoffeeSnobs Bazinga.

    I removed your cross posted message (FYI: it's really poor form to cut 'n paste the same post in multiple areas of a forum).

    A question for you...
    If you went to a steak house for dinner and the chef was a vegetarian would you expect it to taste great?

    If you want to start a coffee business because it looks like good money or lifestyle then thats fine but I expect you are on the wrong forum. If you want to start a coffee business because you love coffee, want to learn more about it, understand it and create something really special then you are at the right forum and will find plenty of information here about great coffee.

    Enjoy the journey ahead!
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    Bazinga, you must have gone through some form of formal education and training process to become an accountant / finance manager, along with the relevant job experience. I don't know much about accounting but I hear it's pretty popular and a good way to make money. What would you suggest I need to start a successful mobile accounting business? Maybe I could try my luck and be innovative and fill in some gaps in the market?

    Sorry, I'm not trying to be a smarty, but relying on luck and some tips from an internet forum hardly seems the most sensible approach to starting a new business in a field where you have no experience and no real passion.

    What do you think it takes to make a successful mobile coffee business?

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    Just park your van in the right place, and you'll sell coffee. Seriously. Mobile coffee vans aren't about repeat business, they are about being parked outside Ikea on a Saturday morning when mum and dad have 2 kids and have forgotten to have a coffee. As long as you don't make really crappy coffee, the general public will be happy.

    As far as making a decent coffee is concerned, you can do it even if you aren't a huge coffee drinker, although it's a harder task. You need a decent palate with the ability to distinguish flaws. I'm not a coffee professional, but I do brew a lot of beer and I'm coming at it from that angle. Professional baristas might tell me I'm off the mark on that, but I really believe that you can make something decent if you're prepared to taste over and over again, and spend the time learning what's good and bad. I'll drink any beer, even infected beer, as each one is an education in what is right or wrong. I know brewers and winemakers who don't drink alcohol and do it well.

    Just my second crack. As a disclaimer, I'm no businessman or barista, but I do enjoy decent coffee. And I agree with Andy when he said:

    If you want to start a coffee business because it looks like good money or lifestyle then thats fine but I expect you are on the wrong forum. If you want to start a coffee business because you love coffee, want to learn more about it, understand it and create something really special then you are at the right forum and will find plenty of information here about great coffee.



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