Grease Trap & ceramic cups
What we are looking at is adding a coffee cart to our existing fashion boutique business in Gold Coast and sell coffee and tea with non hazardous food such as biscuits and cakes...so no hot food at all
We are only doing it to increase retention of customers to our boutique and as a point of differentiation so we are not interested in setting up a kitchen, grease trap and other costly infrastructure. From what I understand we can do takeaway coffee & tea without the need of grease trap or food license, however we would like to serve tea in shop and therefore serve in ceramic cups which will need cleaning so I was wondering if we can install a dishwasher or a sink to clean teapots, saucer & cups without the grease trap
Any help regarding above will be much appreciated
Best bet is to contact your local council as laws do vary.
You may find that as the milk you will be using is classified as a food, your council will want you to meet basic food premises requirements and they may require a food handling certificate as well. They may even want more. There are also regulations for coffee carts.
Due diligence before you spend that first dollar!
Thank You! Chris for replying - yes! we are doing that but I just wanted to ask around if someone has already done the same - thanks
Hi Wendy, what you have in mind sounds a bit like what Hairdressing Salons do although beverages are always complimentary in those establishments.
You are thinking Dripolator coffee aren't you (You aren't going to buy a commercial Espresso machine, are you? $$$)
All sounds the same as staff just making coffee/tea for themselves in a typical lunchroom/kitchenette until you start charging for it, once you are selling stuff it is a different ball-game and you move into the realms of a commercial catering premises. When food (any food) handling is involved the whole thing becomes a bit more complicated .
You could be seen to be trying to compete with the local cafes - who have to meet a range of council regulations.
(if dozens of shoppers were trucking out your front door with take-away coffees I could imagine it wouldn't be too long before a nearby cafe complained to the local council to sic the health inspectors on to you)
Probably wise to think carefully about exactly what you are wanting to achieve and whether it is worth the effort.