I was wondering if anyone on here has or can share any info regarding starting a coffee cart type buisness? I am currently a working barista, however the local shop which I work for is going under.  I plan to purchase the espresso machine and a grinder, just wondering if anyone has any pointers as to what I need to get that bad boy mobile. Any feedback is appreciated, thanks
-Alex

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Problem with a pourover machine is the resevois isnt always the biggest. Depends on the events you're doing you probably dont want to be stopping & pouring water in the spout in the middle of service. Most smaller espresso carts have a flojet or shurflow on demand diaphram pump that pump water out of a 5 gallon jug under the cart. Astra's line of Gourmet machines work great for catering. I've been using them for years in my catering business. 110V under 20amps light enough 1 person (with some muscle) can carry it if need be. Small enough of a foot print for a small cart that will easily fit through any door. Easy to work on (Im pretty hard on machines since they are stored in my trailers without climate control & have in the past fallen off the cart when a hard pothole was hit or a tie down broke or came loose) & I've found myself working on a machine 30 minutes before a wedding starts. I've also got an Astoria I use (I had to buy it on the fly one day when I couldnt get my old old nuovo simonelli working & I had a big wedding that weekend) & it works well but I've had some problems with it on the road & it takes an hour just to keep the case off! Im getting to where I love the Astras now (I've got 3).

Mitch
Bella Caffe
http://www.bellacaffecatering.com

Alex Maes said:
I was thinking pourover was a good possibility

Paul Yates said:
Alex, I am starting a separate thread on the following link, going in a slightly different direction, but you should check it none the less.

http://gizmodo.com/5550501//gallery/20
the link you've provided to that article requests payment for online access to that issue of the publication, but the following link is free: http://espresso101.com/newsletter/2029

Karen Claunch said:
I don't know if you could get your hands on a copy of the Dec/Jan 2008 Barista Magazine but I think it was in that issue that they did a good 2 or 3 page article about exactly this. They broke down all of the details about location, power needs, security issues, start up finances, etc. It was very good.
Here is a link for youuuu: http://www.baristamagazine.com/Issues/VolumeIII/decjan08issue.html
So sorry to hear about your shop :( Best of luck to you!
Pourover is a good option but if you're in a busy situation you'll find keeping it filled will be troublesome. You're better bet is to just use a 5 gallon water jug & on demand pump. FloJet & ShurFlow make them. They're easy to use & do a great job. You also can get a 5 gallon jug water pump kit (I think FloJet makes it) Thats made specifiacally for using a 5 gallon jug. It has a cap & all. Small pump so it fits anywhere. THis is what Im going to use on my next setup. I do weddings where I might serve 250 drinks in 2 hours & 1 full 5 gallon jug is enough.

Alex Maes said:
I was thinking pourover was a good possibility

Paul Yates said:
Alex, I am starting a separate thread on the following link, going in a slightly different direction, but you should check it none the less.

http://gizmodo.com/5550501//gallery/20

Hello, about coffee machine and everything you can take inspire on this page. There is also a picture of connection.

Bike-Coffee

Coffee cart business has its advantages. The main one is that you can buy a cart for just 5000 euros. Comparing to opening a cafe, it would cost at least 60 000. If you're a barista, you're probably already skilled in making coffee, so it would be a bit easier for you to start. You need to get all the documents allowing you to sell, establish your target market, location, figure out your competition, menu and pricing and at last, find where to get all the supplies from. Not only products but packaging etc. My brother used to have a cart and he bought some classy vegan packaging here https://mcdonaldpaper.com/, so you can make it your thing. Eco friendly coffee cart, why not :)

You can try with some franchise, and then if everythink is ok, open your own coffee lable

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