With R150,000 in cash, you can buy a coffee shop on wheels – with pots and pans included

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A Daily Express food trailer
  • Franchise group The Daily Coffee now sells a R400,000 coffee shop on wheels; you just need a vehicle that can tow it.
  • The trailer comes ready to make coffee and food, down to the pots and pans needed, and includes a generator.
  • It is also delivered licensed, and certified for health and safety.
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If you have R150,000 in free cash, it should be able to help you find financing to pay for the balance of its new, R400,000 coffee shop on wheels, franchise group The Daily Coffee says.

You'll need a "medium sized vehicle" to tow it, but other than that you should have everything you need to open up shop, down to pots and pans.

The trailer comes fully licensed, the company says, and that includes the health-and-safety certification required to sell food.

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The Daily Coffee now counts two dozen cafes under its brand, and is actively looking for more franchisees. But setting up a full coffee shop doesn't come particularly cheap; you'll need R1.53 million to get things set up, plus another R60,000 in working capital. After that, franchise fees are 6% of turnover.

For The Daily Coffee Express trailer, on the other hand, you'll pay R390,000 for the base model, and a flat monthly fee of R5,000 after that.

The Daily Express coffee trailer interior

That buys you:

  • an espresso machine and coffee grinder
  • three refrigerators
  • sandwich press, oven with four gas burners, double deep-fried grill, flat top grill
  • a built-in extractor canopy
  • and industrial blender
  • the necessary pots and pans, and
  • a portable generator.

The standard menu includes a shot of espresso for R22, a R55 grilled pastrami bagel, and R34 for two Nutella pancakes.

As with fixed franchises, The Daily Group says it will help with recruiting staff, and identifying potential locations.

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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