The glorious summer is predicted to spark a surge in employees leaving stressful jobs to join the ranks of entrepreneurs in the booming mobile coffee market, according to one of the UK’s leading coffee equipment manufacturers.
Fracino – the UK’s only manufacturer of traditional espresso machines and pioneer of dual fuel machines – says operators are seeking high-performing machines which will maximise their return on investment.
Fracino’s growing portfolio of customers in the lucrative mobile coffee market range from sole operators to conversion specialists fabricating a wide range of fully equipped carts, trikes and vans.
They include Really Awesome Coffee, the only mobile café franchise to appear in the Top 100 of Elite’s Franchising list.
Fracino’s 1,2 and 3 group Contempo and Retro coffee machines are available as dual fuel options with the choice of LPG, Butane or Electric as the power source.
Customers include black cab coffee business Fairway Coffee, founded by Yusuf Bassir who was recommended to Fracino by Really Awesome Coffee when planning his taxi conversion.
Fairway Coffee’s high-profile commissions include supplying the cast of ‘Angel Has Fallen’ starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman – which is due for release on August 23 this year – and stars of the British period drama ‘Harlots’.
Said Mr Bassir: “I wanted a British made product that matched my British made black cab. Fracino’s dual fuel machine ticks all the boxes with its simplicity design and use, combined with the perfect balance of automated pre programmable functions.
“The stainless steel design of the machine against the black cab really stands out. One customer said it looks like the Ferrari of coffee machines”.
Also enjoying unprecedented success is The Big Coffee which continues its expansion in mobile coffee carts, prosecco bars and street food units.
The business has been the only authorised importer of Piaggio commercial vehicles in the UK and Ireland since 2006 and the UK’s sole importer of the Ape Piaggio three-wheeled light commercial vehicle since 2011.
Over the last 13 years, Fracino has completed over 1,500 conversions for The Big Coffee’s mobile coffee vans and vehicles – all of which are kitted out with its powerful dual fuel machines.
High-profile customers using Fracino’s machines include Bettys & Taylors which promotes its world-famous Yorkshire Tea at Headingly cricket events, Fortnum & Mason, Jamie Oliver, Upper Crust and Kings College London.
Peter Atmore, Fracino’s head of global sales, said: “As a long-standing champion of British manufacturing, we are immensely proud that our gas machines are the most powerful in the world. Our burners for dual fuel machines provide the equivalent power of their electric counterparts, ensuring no loss of steam pressure during busy serving periods.”