Coffee on a major state campus


New member
Mar 4, 2007
Hi. I'm currently pursuing an opportunity to open several carts/kiosks on a major state college campus, and I wanted to get an idea of potential sales numbers from anybody who might have experience in this type of location. It seems that with that many students and faculty all jammed into a campus, it would be almost impossible not to average 15 - 30 sales an hour per cart, but maybe I'm wrong.

I've been researching opening a cafe for about two years now, but with the significantly smaller investment involved in carts, and an opportunity to put them in the middle of a large campus, I think this might be the way to go, at least for now.

Thanks in advance for any advice!


New member
Oct 1, 2007
westminster, ca
No numbers, but...

I recently graduated from a Cal state and the coffee cart there was going off constantly! Their tips were great, and sales have been good enough that the guy has just recently purchased two more locations. His wife doesn''t have to work either, and they own their home ( a feat in Cali!).
You know those college kids, they live for coffee! I can personally attest I was there at least twice a day, 3 days a week. It sounds like a winning situation. :grin:


New member
Oct 5, 2007
I've also been looking into doing this. Do you know what permits you need from the college? I hope this doesn't look like a hijack :?


New member
May 15, 2005
I went to UT-Austin in undergrad which is one of the largest schools in the country. We only had a few cart/kiosks stands on campus b/c most of them were in buildings but there was one in particular that was outside and did very well, ESPECIALLY during finals. It's all about finding the most traffic area. The one that did very well was in front of the library (PCL for those Texas-Exes) and in front of a major campus bus route and dorm. Their coffee was awesome and I miss it greatly.