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The carts are coming, the carts are coming.

Boyds introduces the Gourmet Coffee Hospitality Center

Boyds has rolled out their new Gourmet Coffee Hospitality Center which makes it easy to serve hot, fresh-brewed, top-quality coffee to a crowd--anywhere, anytime, stated the company.

"This chic black cart with its tri-color umbrella is as efficient as it is attractive. It rolls anywhere with ease, and sets up in minutes. All the equipment you need is on-board. Just plug it into a common 110-volt outlet, and you can brew fresh gourmet coffee, right on the spot. With six insulated airpots for serving, you can please patrons with a choice of blends, varietals, flavored and decaffeinated coffees," says Boyds.

The Hospitality Center comes ready to put into service immediately. The complete coffee cart package, affordably priced at $3,495, includes the following: 54" black and steel beverage cart with red, green and white paneled umbrella; self-contained water system, including a 5-gallon fresh water tank and wastewater container, airpot brewer, model 9878; three cafe bars, which hold two airpots each and organize condiments; six 2.2 liter airpots; Six cases Boyds gourmet coffees (regular, flavored and decaffeinated) When this coffee is sold at 75 [cents] per cup, this will return approximately $2,610.

With the popularity of gourmet coffee growing by the day, this innovative beverage center has limitless possibilities. It's an easy way for large institutions and small businesses to please patrons and generate extra profits. And it suggests a variety of possibilities for creative entrepreneurs.

Burgess establishes national network of Espresso Cart Distributors

Burgess Enterprises now offers its line of espresso carts through 14 regional distributors in the U.S.. Through this network and its National Cart Program--which serves national clients and offers training and support in new markets--Burgess has enhanced its ability to service its carts and respond effectively to entrepreneurs as the espresso cart concept takes off throughout the country, says the company.

Burgess Enterprises espresso carts will be sold and serviced by distributors in the following areas: Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Arizona, Hawaii, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Massachusetts.

Burgess is located at: 6261 1st Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98108.

Carriage Works stresses location, location, location

When you have decided that you would like to get into the espresso cart business, Carriage Works, an Oregon-based cart manufacturer offers the following suggestions.

A bank building where employees have to go out for funch is an excellent place for an espresso cart that will also serve hot dogs, ice cream, sandwiches, cold drinks, and iced coffee, says the company.

Location--what you need look for is a prime spot/location where you can obtain a lot of foot traffic with shoppers or business people; or if you are lucky, a college location.

Health codes--A cart can not be used until the health department in your county has approved it.

The health department will ask for: Complete drawing of the cart you are going to use; what equipment will be used on the cart and it must be NSF approved, or the equivalent to this; where will you be taking the cart to be cleaned every night? Every cart must have a commissary to go to. What is a commissary? A commissary is an approved place with a three compartment sink, refrigeration, disposal, restrooms, and must be clean. No push cart or espresso cart can be stored at home. The commissary must be EHS approved. The health department will ask for the name, address and telephone number of the commissary.

An espresso cart must be taken to a commissary every night to be cleaned and to get it ready for the next day. All equipment, including the interior of the carts must be smooth easily accessible, and easy to clean. Unfinished wooden surfaces are not permitted. Construction joints must be tightly fitted and sealed. Be ready when you go to the health department to have all of the above with you. Do not purchase a used cart until it has been inspected and approved by the health department. This will eliminate any future problems.

Carriage Works' espresso carts come in 5 ft to 10 ft sizes and are fully self-contained with sink and hot and cold water, a 30 gallon water reservoir, waste tank, and refrigerator. Carriage Works is a manufacturer of espresso carts as well as food carts which have been placed in major amusement parks and hotels worldwide. A new item at the Carriage Works is a propane generator that can make the cart mobile and let the operator go anywhere he wants while electricity runs at 110 volt or 220. Entire Food Courts are very popular with schools because they can feed so many people with just a few carts.

Carriage Works is located at: 707 South 5th, Klamath Falls, OR 97601. Tel: (503)882-0700, Fax: (503)882-9661.

Eclipse introduces a new espresso cart

Eclipse Specialty Carts Inc., introduces its newest cart offering a knock-down cart which the customer assembles themselves. The new product, aptly named the "Kit Cart", began shipping the early part of July and according to Brian Behler, president of Eclipse, demand has been far greater than what we have expected.

Behler points out that the new product has all the laminated cabinet panels pre-cut, fitted and finished, with the electrical and the fresh water systems also being pro-assembled and mounted onto a subpanel. The kit with all of its components is shipped to the customer in knock-down form. The customer, using the high tension barrel fasteners provided, assembles the cart and completes the installation of the electrical, fresh water and the plumbing system by mounting the sub-panel into the cart. Behler states that, on average, customers of all skill levels have been averaging about five hours to complete assemble of the cart. With a price tag of less than $3,000, this new cart offers a low cost alternative to higher priced manufactured units. Behler points out that because the cart is prepackaged and in knockdown form, customers also save a significant amount in freight and crating charges.

The new cart incorporates many of the quality features found on other Eclipse products including, on-demand fresh water system, stainless steel fresh water tank, heavy duty, Darnell Brand, casters, foldaway condiment shelf, plexi-glass sneeze guard, and commercial grade laminates which have been cold press applied. The end result is an inexpensive, workhorse cart that will provide the customer years of trouble free service, says the company.

Behler stresses that this new cart is not for every customer. Many customers want and need the full service attention only available through conventional espresso equipment dealers. But for those who do not need, or want, that full service attention, and who are willing to invest the few hours needed to assemble the unit, they will have a quality product, have saved themselves a significant amount of money and will have a better understanding of how their cart operates. Phone support will also be available to assist customers with questions regarding the assembly or operation of the cart. Behlar mentions the customer from Spokane, who stated that the cart was easier to assemble than his son's swing set.

Eclipse, founded in 1990, manufactures mobile espresso carts and imports the VFA Express line of commercial espresso machines.

For more information, contact the company at: 1000 First Avenue South, 2nd floor, Seattle, WA 98134. Tel:(206) 587-3767, Fax: (206)587-0339.

RMI announces new espresso cart line

Robertson Manufacturing, Incorporated (RMI), of Davenport, Iowa makes its debut in the vending cart industry with the introduction of their custom designed, state of the art espresso and cappuccino carts. RMI has extensive experience in retail fixtures and high tech cabinetry. They are presently a national manufacturer/distributor of kiosk display cases for shopping malls.

Armed with their experience in custom cabinets and a year of research into the needs of cart owners, RMI, working hand in hand with a local coffee vendor, successfully tackled problems cart operators are currently facing: health department approval, lack of adequate storage and working space, a simple and effective security system, mobility, aesthetics and eye appeal

The main cart is a four piece modular unit consisting of: one (1) 72" x 30" center section with refrigerator, built in knock out tray, sneeze guard and brass foot rail; two (2) 24" x 36" end storage sections and one (1) 120" x 36" x 16" overhead storage unit which is supported by six brass posts and one corinthian column and is accented with chippendale crown molding. The cart work surface is set at 42" high, ideal for espresso and cappuccino machine usage.

Apart from the main cart is a 24" x 36" side cart containing a separate water supply complete with a twenty (20) gallon reservoir, an eight (8) gallon drain tank, water heater, pump, sink and soap dispenser. This detached module allows for ease of mobility at night to clean, drain and refill, per health department standards; much easier the moving the entire vending cart. In addition, the independent side module frees up valuable working space on the main unit.

The 10 foot unit, the preferred model, offers 10 feet of counter space and over 100 cubic feet of undercounter and overhead storage space. It has vertical electrical outlets under the sneeze bar allowing adequate room for espresso machines, other electrical appliances and additional impulse items the operator wants to display for sale. It also contains glass panels for a pastry section. Additional space is conceived by not requiring all countertop items to be stored in the cabinets; the overnight security system, snapping into place around the main work area, offers a means of securing these items and sanitation while the cart is in operation.

Guy Robertson, president of RMI sees that the vending cart business is quickly gaining popularity. He believes the custom features of this cart and its overall aesthetics and eye appeal will give his customers a competitive edge in obtaining and maintaining the rime locations which are vital to an operators success.

For more information contact RMI at: 5121 Tremont Avenue, Davenport IA 52807. Tel: (800)972-0890
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Title Annotation:coffee service carts described from Boyds, Burgess Enterprises, Carriage Works, Eclipse Specialty Carts Inc. and Robertson Manufacturing Inc.
Publication:Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
Date:Nov 1, 1992
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