Hot wheels and hot beverages
Published on: 30 May 2017
HIS love of motor vehicles is well documented - in fact he writes about them every month in Downend Voice.
But Andy Laurence won't so much be racing his latest acquisition but selling coffee from it.
In a joint venture with Nick Brooks, who lives in Fishponds, the pals have invested in a Citroën 2CV which boasts everything you need to make more than 1,000 cups of coffee a day.
Andy said: "We both love coffee and were talking about starting a mobile coffee business last year.
"We decided to go for it at Christmas and engaged with a company to build a converted horsebox coffee trailer that we designed, right down to the type of treatment for the wooden worktops. Sadly, the company let us down eight days before we were due to take delivery and we were stuck with no business and all the ground work laid.
"The 2CV appeared on eBay the very same day and whilst it wasn't what we set out to build, we loved it and it was already a functioning coffee van."
The van boasts two coffee machines with two grinders, two sinks, two fridges and enough capacity to serve more than 1,000 coffees in a day.
Andy said: "We've had training to make our coffees the best they can be and we've now secured a 5 star hygiene rating.
"We're doing events - weddings, barmitzvah's, festivals and we're booked for Heathfest. We buy our ingredients locally including coffee from Extract, cakes from Cakesmith's and milk from Bruton's."
Find out more about Nick and Andy's Coffee by visiting Facebook.com/NickAndAndys or Twitter.com/NickAndAndys
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