Starting a Mobile Coffee Cart

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Mobile coffee carts serve fresh filter coffee and a wide range of freshly prepared 'speciality' coffees, such as lattes, mochas and cappuccinos, from street trading 'pitches' and at regular markets and outdoor events. Most also serve tea, hot chocolate, iced coffee and other chilled and soft drinks, along with a selection of biscuits, cakes and muffins.

Coffee cart proprietors typically trade from a purpose-built or adapted van, trailer or three-wheeled vehicle, or from a light cart that can be towed by a bicycle.

Anyone operating a mobile coffee cart will require a street trading licence from their local authority. Separate permission may also be required in order to trade from pitches in retailers' car parks and at visitor attractions.

Food business operators, such as mobile coffee cart proprietors, are subject to significant amounts of legislation relating to registration of premises, food safety, waste disposal, and health and safety.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a mobile coffee cart. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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