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  1. #1
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    New Mobile Coffee Adventure!

    Hi there!

    I finally signed up, but I've been lurking for a few months. My wife and I just pulled the trigger on a cargo trailer we plan to convert into a highly mobile coffee business here in the pacific northwest!

    There are some insightful folk here and I'm hoping I can contribute to the conversation as well as gleem what I can't from them who done it before.

    Website should be up soon! And we'll blog the whole thing as we put it together! Much like the inspirational Mr Shave. :P

    So thanks for letting me join and let's get right into it!

    I am having a hard time finding resources on plumbing and electrifying this bad boy. Anyone have any advice on where to start? Thanks ahead of time!

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    Hello PQlliar,

    Welcome!

    It's great that you decided to join us!

    As time goes on, if you don't get a response to your questions in this thread, just start a separate thread asking for specific help finding plumbing and electric resources for your mobile coffee trailer. The thread title is important, because it get's people's attention.

    Good luck with your new adventure.

    Rose

  3. #3
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    Welcome PQlliar,
    will you be using a gas powered generator for your electrical needs? what are your power requirements? (110 or 220) it shoudnt be difficult finding plumbing and electrical supplies for your mobile coffee biz. have you done a google search? should be able to purchase most all the hardware from a Home Depot or similar store.
    Good Luck!

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    Good luck with the new adventure!

  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by namballe View Post
    Welcome PQlliar,
    will you be using a gas powered generator for your electrical needs? what are your power requirements? (110 or 220) it shoudnt be difficult finding plumbing and electrical supplies for your mobile coffee biz. have you done a google search? should be able to purchase most all the hardware from a Home Depot or similar store.
    Good Luck!

    I would do Youtube search first under mobile home for plumbing and electrical can be found in Google search. I am sure you want to use 220 since most of the double head espresso maker uses 220. Make sure you have enough power for all your equipment and more.

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    Howdy PQlliar,

    You need a power for your coffee machine. An electrician also can suggest the best generator that matches your mobile coffee business. Anyway, you better have to ask advice from any local electrical and plumbing experts. They can have some suggestion on how you are going to set electrical and plumbing.

    Good luck!

  7. #7
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    Thanks for all the input folks!

    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeJunky View Post
    I would do Youtube search first under mobile home for plumbing and electrical can be found in Google search. I am sure you want to use 220 since most of the double head espresso maker uses 220. Make sure you have enough power for all your equipment and more.
    Thanks! Dunno why I hadn't thought of youtube. There is some good stuff on there! Boston Concession has some awesome plumbing videos that will be super helpful.

    Just found out today also that I dont need to include any plumbing / electrical on my "mobile unit plan review" for the local health dept. So I can submit that a lot sooner than I expected.

    Onward!

  8. #8
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    Much belated followup! We've been building! Here's the site so far.

    refuelcoffee.com

    In need of an update as we have fridges and the lower cabinets framed in now. As well as all the plumbing. There should be more pics soon!

    So now I'm into the electrical for reals! Added up all my watts and I'm looking at a massive generator. 10k watts or more... Does that seem normal? I suppose I can put something on batteries. Any thoughts appreciated!

    Thanks!

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    can't wait to see your finished trailer
    i would imagine the biggest consumer of wattage will be your espresso machine. what type of lighting are you using. it's always best to get a generator thats slightly overrated to the power you are consuming. how much wattage did you add up for all your electrical needs?
    Cafe Mistico
    Lima, Peru "small artisan roaster"

  10. #10
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    Get the biggest generator you can afford and fit into your space. Trust me you will always need more watts and if the generator is straining to provide the power it will kick off at the most inopportune time. Trust me I learned this the hard way.

 

 
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