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18-06-2016, 13:44   #1
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Setting up a mobile coffee business

Hello Everyone,

Could you please please advise me.

I'm thinking of setting up a mobile coffee business. I wish to trade coffees and snacks at a local parks,Sunday football matches/GAA etc in Dublin. I was wondering is anybody tried that type of business before and have their experiences was it profitable?

Is anybody in here knows what licences I need to buy,what paperwork is required and what standards I have to meet? I would be grateful for all useful information.
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18-06-2016, 18:51   #2
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Mod: Moved your post - dont go digging up old threads from 3 years ago and replying when you are starting a new topic.
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18-06-2016, 19:06   #3
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Coffee is profitable enough ... if you have turnover and customer numbers...
You'll need places to set up..some will be by arrangement, some by brass neck.. get insurance (public liability and product liability).. the more often you have to move the less time you'll have to sell... hse cert should be easy enough for coffee... are you planning a stall,trailer or little van ... ?
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Heres a post from another thread from 2012

http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showp...0&postcount=13

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My wife had a mobile coffee van a few years ago. People loved it and the coffee but she found it hard to make money. The main problem, as others have alluded to, is that you can't just park up on public property and start trading - the local authority won't allow it.
Business parks seem to be quite accommodating and if you could be in several at the same time you could be onto a winner but, generally the business from one just isn't enough.
The pitches at street markets are expensive - clearly some stalls can still make money because you see the same ones popping up again and again but you'd want to do your sums.
Farmers market's are probably your best bet and there are loads to choose from but your stall will have to be able to do a bit of mileage.

I don't mean to discourage you as I love the idea of good street food but make sure you work out where you can trade at what cost and what kind of footfall you'll have before you invest your money and as Mark, says, talk to the HSE before they come to talk to you!!
You can't just pull up and start selling coffee anywhere. If you could the cities and big towns of Ireland would have great food trucks serving all sorts of amazing foods from them. Alas, in Ireland specific spaces are allocated, so the restriction is on where rather than what you sell. You need to contact the council in the area you wish to operate and find out all the restrictions rules from them.
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19-06-2016, 14:59   #5
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thank you everybody.
really appreciate.
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19-06-2016, 20:53   #6
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You posted a reply on a thread that no one had been active on in 3 years, its better to start a new thread on the topic than resurrect one that old.
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Hi lads, I am thinking of setting a mobile coffee shop, would buy a horse box and do it up, no expenses spared.

I am wondering what are the yearly costs ?

Stock
Insurance
Licence
Permit
Gas for the generator

What else?

How much is insurance?

How much is a licence and permit ?

And can you trade anywhere with a permit ? Or what's the story with them.

All help greatly appreciated
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So is everyone else at the moment ...
Main thing is where are you going to trade ... Once you have your pitch sorted you can work out the rest ...
Insurance is relatively easy ( maabs ) , permit is from local authority and only if your on their land ... ( Usually easier to start trading and get permit later )
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So is everyone else at the moment ...
Main thing is where are you going to trade ... Once you have your pitch sorted you can work out the rest ...
Insurance is relatively easy ( maabs ) , permit is from local authority and only if your on their land ... ( Usually easier to start trading and get permit later )
How much does it cost to trade / get a permit ? Like do I need a different permit for different locations? Obviously matches and stuff would cost extra?

I am from killarney, nothing like it here yet..
I would love to set up somewhere in the town and open 6 days a week

What would be the actual cost for a permit for a place like killarney ?

Am I missing any other costs ?

Any help atall is greatly appreciated
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Pub carparks are the latest place for mobile coffee shops like this. They are doing a roaring trade, plenty of space for social distancing, work with the pubowners to keep stock on premises etc. You may have missed the peak of the business now though as the lockdown has weeks instead of months left in it.
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Pub carparks are the latest place for mobile coffee shops like this. They are doing a roaring trade, plenty of space for social distancing, work with the pubowners to keep stock on premises etc. You may have missed the peak of the business now though as the lockdown has weeks instead of months left in it.
Level 5 has weeks, we'll be in level 3ish for a long time.
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I was talking to a coffee shop owner a few years back and he did have a mobile coffee wagon - but it was purely for marketing purposes - he claimed that there was no way it would be a stand alone business for him. The costs were just bonkers. He tried the festival circuit and worked out that he’d physically couldn’t produce enough coffee to a proper standard to cover the costs of the pitch, insurance, fuel, stock and staff over a weekend.
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How much does it cost to trade / get a permit ? Like do I need a different permit for different locations? Obviously matches and stuff would cost extra?

I am from killarney, nothing like it here yet..
I would love to set up somewhere in the town and open 6 days a week

What would be the actual cost for a permit for a place like killarney ?

Am I missing any other costs ?

Any help atall is greatly appreciated
Where are you thinking of locating ?
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[quote="newman10;116005635"]Where are you thinking of locating

Different areas in killarney and outskirts
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How much does it cost to trade / get a permit ? Like do I need a different permit for different locations? Obviously matches and stuff would cost extra?

I am from killarney, nothing like it here yet..
I would love to set up somewhere in the town and open 6 days a week

What would be the actual cost for a permit for a place like killarney ?

Am I missing any other costs ?

Any help atall is greatly appreciated
Not to pi#$ on your parade but one particular coffee shack in Killarney ( which serves great coffee) launched there mobile coffee vehicle at the Killarney Xmas fleamarkets in December and it was a good success by all accounts so you would have competition in your area.

With numerous decent coffee shops opening in the Killarney and Tralee location over the past 18 months I think you may have missed the boat.

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