12 Week Coffee Truck Crash Course
Next Class begins December 17th, 2020 (Thursday 4pm)
There are three separate units to this course:
Unit 1 Planning
Breakdown Local, City and County Codes (possibly state)
Determine steps needed for electrical, plumbing and fire codes
Business Registration with City, State and Federal Level
Unit 2 Prepping
Determine Equipment Needed
Establish a Blueprint and Workflow
Begin to Purchase Equipment
Unit 3 Buildout
Obtain Contractor Quotes
Begin DIY Construction
The group will meet once per week using Google Meet. Each week, I will guide conversation in lecture format and allow for Q&A at the end of each lecture.
For some assignments, you will be assigned a partner. Partners are assigned based on similar business vision and municipality code.
Netiquette: We are meeting as a group, which will require you to work in an environment with others. Mutual respect is needed. Any disrespectful, sexually inappropriate remarks or racial slurs will not be tolerated and will have you immediately dropped for the course with no refund. Please, be nice.
- EIN, LLC vs Sole proprietor, S-Corp
- Tax Strategy
- Social Media accounts
- Trademark Search
- Other coffee trucks
- Coffee shops
- Coffee Caterers
Establishing the Code Standards:
- Fire Permit
- Seller Permit
- Wholesale Permit
- Health Dept Permit
- Food Handler Permit
- Commercial Kitchen vs Commissary
- Building business credit.
- Setting up a commercial loan
Picking menu thus picking equipment:
- Coffee Makers: Commercial, Pourover, French Press, Cold Brew
- Espresso Machines and Grinders
- Water Tanks, Filtration, Pump, Accumulator
- Microwave, Fridge, Freezers
- Tables, Shelving
- Serving: Cups, Lids, Sleeves, Coffee Totes, Product Labels/distribution
- Clean Up, Sinks, Grey Water, Mops, Brushes, Detergents
- Powering Truck, Solar, Propane, Electric, Generator
Picking a Trailer vs Truck vs Cart
Creating a Blueprint
- Weight Loads
- Water in, Water Out
Building a Cart:
- Indoor Catering
- Farmers Markets
- Low Cost Start Up
- Used vs Refurbished vs New
- Family & Friends
Establishing a Total Cost:
- Picking a space
- Talking to Private Landowners
- Figuring a Route
- Booking Events
- General Liability
- Vehicle Insurance
- Workers Comp
- 1099 Contractors vs Employees
- Latte, Cappuccino and Espresso Shots
- Coffee in Bulk
- Hot Chocolate in Bulk
- Latte in Bulk
Do I need all the money to start my mobile coffee truck to begin this class?
No. In fact, the way I like to build trucks, is by first building a cart that rolls into the truck. I do this for many reasons (indoor catering, farmers markets, renting office space during the winter months, preventing from freezing). Point is, this is an educational course. Obviously if you have the funds, you can get started right away with your truck. But even if you don’t, you can still build your cart and when you earn enough, start on your truck.
Will you help me understand my permitting code?
Absolutely. I will read each student's code and will require you to do the same. We will also be making contact with the inspectors with specific questions. The whole point of the course is to help guide you through the process.
If I need to drop out of the class, do I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately not. There is a limited amount of seats in the course and when you sign up, you are filling a seat of another potential student. But I will continue to send you videos of each meeting so that you retain the information that you paid for.
What if I miss a meeting?
Students that miss a meeting will be sent a video so they may catch up.
Do I have to do the construction by myself on my truck/cart?
No. Some people are going to be comfortable doing a lot of work by themselves. Some will not. I personally feel that most people can do the floors, the plumbing (after watching my video) and most equipment installation themselves. Most people will contract the electric work to an electrician. Many people will wrap their trucks while others will paint themselves (I’ve done both and will give you feedback on both). My job is to guide you through the process so you can make the best decision for you.
You'll be surprised on what you can do yourself with a little guidance and a lot of Youtube. Remember, I had no construction experience when I started. Now, I can weld, do plumbing, basic electric and refurbish espresso machines. The world is your oyster if you're not afraid to get messy.
Instructor Bio: Vincent LaVolpa is the owner of Green Joe Coffee Truck. He has built 3 coffee trucks and 2 coffee carts. He has owned a brick and mortar (Helix Coffee) and has experience roasting his own coffee beans. He has written a book on how to build coffee trucks, has a Youtube page and sells consultation services on building mobile coffee applications. He has taught a coffee history course at University of New Mexico. He has placed Top 3 Best in the City for Barista. Prior to his work in coffee he was a Paramedic with Albuquerque Ambulance and a Combat Engineer with the 1st Armored Division, 16th Engineer Battalion. His favorite cup of coffee is a medium/dark cold brew in the summer and a quad shot mocha cappuccino in the winter.