Coffee Truck  Crash Course

Coffee Truck Crash Course

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How does it work? 

Focus Group meets 1 hour per week for 4 weeks for discussion, Q&A and accountability. Each week we cover a different subject and you are given a homework assignment with study material. 

Comes with material, how-to videos for each chapter.

Week 1

"Know the Cost" 

In this course,  we break down how to calculate the cost of a coffee truck, trailer or van. The course comes with an excel worksheet with predetermined expenses to help determine the cost cost. It also comes with a detailed report of the cost of my last two coffee truck buildouts. 

Chapter 1: Vehicle

In this chapter, we will the discuss the potential cost, benefits/liabilities and risk of the following vehicles : Tear drop trailers, horse trailer, vintage campers, cargo trailer, porch trailer, airstreams, long travel trailers, panel vans/step vans, sprinter vehicles (Ford, Dodge, Mercedes) and trolleys.

Chapter 2: Equipment

In this chapter, we will look at the basic overview of equipment cost. We will analyze the equipment needed for a coffee truck/trailer. No recommendations are made in this section. We strong recommend the Know Your Equipment Course for further detailed analysis on equipment. 

Chapter 3: Labor

In this chapter, we will discuss the contractors needed to hire for the build out of the coffee truck/trailer. They include licensed plumber, electrician and carpenter/contractor/handyman.  We will evaluate what the contractors typically charge per hour, how many hours you need to book, how to hire and what equipment you will need to supply. 

Chapter 4: Permits and Miscellaneous

In this chapter, we will discuss the cost of permits, supplies and other miscellaneous cost included in opening a coffee truck/trailer. 

Week 2

"Know the Code & Regulation"

In this course ,we will breakdown the city/county regulations for opening a food truck. 

Chapter 1: Finding your Regulations

Finding the regulations is the first step. Sometimes they are available online and other times a series of phone calls is required. I will walk through the process of how I find regulations for different cities. 

Chapter 2: Commissaries

In this chapter, we will review what a commissary is and how to find a commissary. I will give you my tricks on how I was able to obtain a commissary for free. 

Chapter 3: The Health Department

Although there is not a national food truck code, there are trends amongst health departments. In this chapter, we will look at the "must haves". 

We will also discuss the trends across that nation involving water tank size, water inlet size, backflow device and water drain size. 

Chapter 4: The Fire Department

In this chapter, we will review what to beware of when being inspected by the fire department. 

Chapter 5: Floor Plan

In this chapter, we will give some basic overview of floor plans and different floor plan ideas. A sample floor plan comes with the course.


Week 3

"Know your Equipment"

In this course, we will discuss equipment that is needed to start or build a coffee truck, a coffee trailer or an espresso cart. 

Chapter 1: Espresso Machines

We will discuss what espresso machines are good for the mobile application. We will answer questions such as: 

  • Should I get a 110v or a 220v machine?
  • Do I need a 1 Group or 2 Group Machine?
  • Should I buy new or used?
  • What brands/models are good for coffee trucks or espresso carts? 

I will also take the most popular espresso machines on the market and give my recommendations, to include Nuova Simonelli, Lamazzorco, Astoria, La Speziale, Rocket, Rancilio. We will discuss steam output and recovery times and how to determine these in a machine as well as why it is important to mobile coffee catering. 

Chapter 2: Espresso Grinders

In this chapter we will review espresso grinders and which are good for the mobile application. We will look at characteristics such as volume load, burr size, wattage, dose vs doseless, and brands and models that are suitable for mobile coffee application. 

Chapter 3: Commercial Coffee Brewers

In this chapter, we will review the different options for commercial coffee brewers, to include airpot brewers, pourover brewers and satellite. We will discuss potential pitfalls, brand names and brewing capacities. 

Chapter 4: Generators

In this chapter, we will discuss generators and inverters. We will discuss how to calculate your wattage hours, the difference between 110v and 220v generators and discuss brand name generators. 

Chapter 5: Water Filter, Water Pump and Water Heater

In this chapter, we will review so basics on water filtration and my recommendation for a water filter, different water pumps and a few water heater options. 

Chapter 6: Blenders

In this chapter, we will review blenders that can be used for frappes and smoothies. 

Chapter 7: HVAC

In this chapter, we will cover some different options for AC units, fans and heaters (both portable and inline). 

Chapter 8: Generators

In this chapter, we will discuss the top options for both 220v generators and 110v generators/inverters.

Week 4

"Mobile Barista"

In this course, we will cover the basics for a solid barista training for the mobile applications. Each drink will be broken down into price so you may calculate your overhead appropriately. Comes as a download, so you can use this to train your employees in the future. 

Traditional Espresso Menu: 

  • Espresso
  • Macchiato
  • Cortado
  • Cappuccino (Dry and Wet)
  • Flat White
  • Latte
  • Americano (Short and Tall)

Flavored Lattes (Hot and Iced)

  • Caramel Macchiato
  • Mocha
  • Vanilla Latte
  • Flavor Combinations: Pumpkin/Chai


  • Caramel Frappe
  • Chocolate Frappe


  • Pourover
  • Drip (Airpot)
  • Cold Brew


  • London Fog
  • Traditional Chai Tea Latte
  • Modern Chai Tea Latte

Catering For A Large Group: 

  • Cold Brew-Hot Serve Method 
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Chai Tea Lattes
  • Syrup Lattes


House Rules: 

These classes sell out! I do not reward slacking! After the class starts, no late admissions. This is a lot of work and I can't catch you up. You'll have to wait for the next class.