Where do set up this kiosk? In a mall or something? I do like the mobility of a truck.
I don't know the zoning in your city, but Pittsburgh has a specific set of rules regarding mobile vendors. Everything from having a place to return the vehicle to each evening, to sink sanitation rules, it's about as stringent as opening up your own shop. What methods are you planning on serving this coffee? An espresso machine requires 1000+ watts to operate and you'll need a generator that can handle that amount, not to mention pumps, water towers, grinders, etc. It can be done, but know that you're going to have to put a fair amount of money into getting it running.
Thanks for the replies everyone.
My plan is to start with a vehicle with lots of character and charm...a head turner. I have a couple different ideas swirling around in my head: I have found vintage ambulances for sale online for a "coffee emergency" or STAT theme but wonder if that is too cheesy. Or, an older step van like the one on this website: http://www.espressogiuseppe.com/index.htm Or even a Dodge Sprinter with a great paint job. Or perhaps a bus like the one in attached photo. Heather, I like the idea of spontaneous sales: I want to be able to put the gear in park, step into the back and immediately start making coffee without having to set up. Once I got my feet underneath me, I would like to move into espresso catering. I am working on finding out how many businesses do catering in my city, but I haven't found anyone advertising it. This week I will visit the two prominent local roasters and see what they say.