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Coffee Blue Franchise
Franchise Description :
Coffee Blue is an award-winning mobile coffee van franchise, providing barista-quality hot drinks and food to workplaces, offices, events and festivals across the UK.
Finance:Yes, through a third party
Contact Name:Robert Jones
Unit 6c, Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly, CF82 7EP
Phone Number:01274 790 145 (GB)
Who Is Coffee Blue?
Coffee Blue is the market leader in mobile coffee franchises.
Our franchisees serve the highest quality barista coffee, along with a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks, to offices and workplaces across their territories. The business provides customers with a convenient service directly to their doorstep every single day.
Coffee Blue’s award-winning blend of coffee, state-of-the-art van and unrivalled support network gives you all the tools you need to make your business a success.
Quality Tools For A Quality Service
Our parent company Vantastec Limited is an award-winning van converter with more than 30 years of experience in vehicle conversions and mobile catering. This has helped us create possibly the best coffee van conversion on the road today.
Throughout our decades of experience, we have gathered extensive knowledge of temperature-controlled vehicle conversions – which is why our van is so ground-breaking.
Coffee Blue vans are converted in-house to the highest specifications by our award-winning team of engineers.
They feature ample storage space, are fully refrigerated and also incorporate our own manufactured holding ovens to keep food warm while also following hygiene regulations.
By converting our vehicles in-house, we are able to save thousands per van and pass those savings onto our franchisees.
Each van serves our very own award-winning coffee blend. A light to medium roast, full-bodied with wine-like undertones and low-acidity, making for the perfect espresso.
Plus, it’s even certified by the Rainforest Alliance, helping provide housing, education and medical support for families in areas where our coffee is grown.
What You Get For Your Money
Coffee Blue has always strived to make franchising as accessible as possible.
Our franchise package is the most competitively-priced of any coffee van franchise available today. And when you see what your franchise fee gets you, you’ll wonder why you didn’t join sooner!
What’s included in your franchise fee:
- Level 3 NCASS qualification
- An exclusive Coffee Blue trading territory – complete with a 10 year guarantee
- Unrivalled training and support
- 24/7 support from our Franchise Development team
- Marketing toolkit and continued support package
- Coffee Blue loyalty scheme and ordering app
- Free delivery on monthly stock orders*
- Business & sales training
- EPOS system for accounting/transactions
- A full set of Coffee Blue branded uniform
Training & Support provided
Before launch, our franchisees receive an extensive eight week training programme that covers all bases of your new business.
Coffee Blue offers a two-week assisted launch, where our franchise development team spends time with you when on your round to make sure everything goes smoothly. We’ll even pay monthly visits to you in your territory to see how you’re getting on.
Part of this programme is our professional barista certificate. We’ll give you up to eight days barista training so you can master the art making coffee.
Here, you’ll be trained up on how to get the perfect milk texture for different espresso-based drinks, how to fine-tune your machine for maximum flavour, and even tips for creating fun and eye-catching latte art.
You will also be given a City & Guilds level three food hygiene qualification from the National Caterer’s Association.
The programme is the best online hygiene course available right now and will guide you on how to avoid a number of potential hazards within a catering environment. Such topics include general food hygiene, legislation, temperature control, waste disposal and more.
General Business Guidance
We’ll even give you in-depth guidance on how to turn selling food and coffee into a successful business.
One of the most important aspects of your training helps you identify quality hot and cold food suppliers. We’ll help you scout reliable food suppliers with great prices. Our team will even guide you on the recommended retail prices of all the food and drinks you’ll be selling.
Plus we’ll even help you set up your own electronic point of sale system to manage your accounts and all cash and card transactions.
Each franchise package comes with a selection of warranties that covers all of your key equipment. Some of which include a Ford manufacturer’s warranty for your van, a Fracino manufacturer’s warranty which covers your coffee machine, and warranties for both your refrigeration system and holding oven.
Finally, you’ll also receive an extensive support network when it comes to marketing. We cover all bases of digital and traditional marketing to gain maximum exposure for your business. Plus, it comes at no added cost! Here’s what’s included:
- Registered coffeeblue.co.uk email setup
- Facebook page setup
- In-depth social media training and tactics
- Promotional photographs and social media assets for seasonal promotions
- Search Engine Optimised (SEO) enquiry page with automatic lead allocation
- Bespoke graphic design work – menus, flyers, business cards and more
- PPC advertising campaigns
- Continued support and ongoing consultations
Our journey started back in 2006 when our Directors, Gareth and Colin, founded Vantastec Limited. Vantastec is a one-stop-shop for all things vans and van conversions. From polyshielded crew and panel vans, to temperature-controlled vehicles, dog vans and even bespoke conversions.
What started as a project in a home office has grown into a nationally-recognised company, determined to innovate and change the light commercial vehicles sector for good. From their initial premises in Penallta, South Wales, they began working towards becoming the number one provider of refrigerated van conversions.
In 2013, the company moved into a larger, 28,000 square-foot unit in Ystrad Mynach. This is where their team of 50+ office and workshop staff are still hard at work.
Moving Full Steam Ahead
In 2017, at an Exhibitor’s show in London, Gareth and Colin got their first taste of what the mobile coffee industry looked like – and instantly knew they could do better. Within 10 minutes of the ride home, a business plan was already written.
In September 2018, we officially launched our first franchise in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Less than a year later, our 10th franchisee joined the team. So, it’s safe to say Coffee Blue is moving full steam ahead.
Our behind-the-scenes team has grown significantly, and we now have franchisees spread across the country delivering delicious coffee and food to their customers. What’s next for us? Well, we have plenty of exciting stuff in the pipeline, and we’d love for you to be a part of it!
The Ideal Coffee Blue Franchisee
- A coffee lover
- Shows initiative
- Has good communication and interpersonal skills
- Has good business sense
Check Out Our Videos
Take a first-hand look at what a day in the life of a Coffee Blue franchisee looks like
Our Director, Colin, shows you around our award-winning mobile coffee van conversion.
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