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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 1, January 2013, Posted On: 12/26/2012

Cafe2U Coffee And Foodservice Vans Head Out On The Highways In 5 States

Emily Jed
TAGS: mobile catering, food trucks, mobile food service, Cafe2U, gourmet coffee, mobile food, food van, coffee van, coffee vending, coffee service, Scott Bundy

BEND, OR -- Cafe2U, a mobile gourmet coffee and food franchise that started in Australia, reports that it has established a coast-to-coast presence during its first year in the United States, with vans on the road in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Oregon.

Cafe2U puts a full specialty coffee shop inside its vans. The back doors open to reveal a $7,000 espresso machine and $1,000 grinder that produce coffeehouse-quality drinks. The side door opens to a refrigerator full of milk for espresso drinks, gourmet food items, snacks, sodas and energy drinks. The vans follow a Monday-through-Friday route that allows them to serve as a coffee shop for dozens of businesses each day.

The mobile catering concept got its start in Australia in 2000 and started franchising in 2005. Two hundred franchises operate in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Africa, Germany and the U.S.

Cafe2U USA president and chief executive Scott Bundy, based in Bend, OR, said he expects to open 12 more franchises in 2013 and believes the American coffee market will support 1,000.

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