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Are Coffee Trailers Profitable?

Coffee trailers are becoming more and more popular, and there are coffee trailers on almost every street. On weekdays, freshly brewed coffee is always available near commercial office buildings. Near the weekend park, you can also find mobile coffee shops.

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Why are coffee trailers so popular?

Coffee has become a part of everyday life for people all over the world. Many people start their day with a cup of coffee in the morning. According to statistics, the United States drinks about 400 million cups of coffee every day, and the annual retail sales of coffee in the United States exceeds 5.2 billion US dollars. This fully illustrates the potential of the coffee market, and this demand is gradually increasing.
Movable coffee trailers are the first choice of many entrepreneurs. Because mobile coffee trailers have great advantages over traditional coffee shops. Instead of waiting for customers, you can proactively seek out customers. You can bring your coffee shop to events and provide coffee catering services for companies or individuals. In addition, the investment cost of a mobile coffee trailer is only 1/3 of that of a traditional coffee restaurant.


Profitability of coffee trailers


According to FOOD TRUCK EMPIRE, more than 50% of food trailer owners can earn more than $150,000 a year. If your coffee trailer is operating well, you can also expect the same level of income.
After operating for more than 1 year, many coffee trailers can sell 5,000 cups of coffee per week, and the price of each cup of coffee is 1-2 US dollars. Earn about $5,000 to $10,000 a week. Excluding some of the operating costs, weekly profits can reach an astonishing $1,500-$2,500, and monthly profits may be between $6,000-$10,000. Even more than 5000 cups of coffee can be sold every day if your trailer is parked in a prime location in a commercial center.
In addition to coffee, your trailer can also sell sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, and more, all of which are great extras.

Cost Control

The cost of a coffee trailer business consists of two parts, the investment cost and the operating cost. Investment costs include the cost of purchasing a coffee trailer and coffee equipment.

Purchase Trailer and Coffee Equipment Costs
A coffee trailer can range from $5,000 to $10,000. Generally speaking, the price of ordinary dome or box coffee trailer is relatively low, about 5,000 US dollars. And the price of airstream coffee trailer can reach 8000-10000 dollars. Of course, the trailer size is different and the price will fluctuate.
The equipment for a coffee trailer includes a coffee maker, grinder, commercial refrigerator, three-bay sink, water tank, generator, etc. You even need to have a cash register system and equipment, which can cost $8,000 to $15,000.
On top of that, you'll likely have to pay for various documents and permits for your coffee trailer, which is expected to be around $1,000.

Operating cost
During the operation of your trailer, there are inevitably many costs. You need to purchase the raw materials and catering products you need to start a mobile coffee business, including coffee beans, paper cups, straws, napkins, sugar, milk, lunch boxes, bags, and more. Expect your inventory to need at least around $2000.

How to increase profit?

Participate in activities
Food events, festivals, and events of all kinds are where coffee trailers generate amazing profits. Here, people are less concerned about the price of a cup of coffee, you can sell a cup for $2 or even $3. Often a day's worth of activity can earn you a week's worth of profits.

Private Party Services
Your coffee trailer can also cater for private parties. You can provide private party services for 2 hours or 4 hours. Since private party services can earn hourly service fees, combined, the unit price per cup of coffee can reach more than $10.

Brand Marketing
Maximize your brand impact as much as possible. Utilize various social media tools like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. to promote your coffee trailer.
Create a story for your brand and let customers know your brand philosophy. This will become your intangible asset, which will help make your coffee more valuable and attractive.

Are Coffee Trailers Profitable? Without a doubt, the answer is yes. However, you need to put in enough energy. Running a coffee trailer is no easy task. You might start preparations at 4am every morning to welcome customers at 6:30.

ETO DEVICE is a professional food trailer manufacturer. We know that starting a coffee trailer business can be quite challenging, so our dedicated engineers use our experience and expertise to help you succeed.

You can browse our different coffee trailers which can help you better understand your mobile coffee business.

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