Calgary Mobile Coffee Catering

Central West Coffee is almost ready to launch!

I have been waiting to write this blog post until Central West Coffee was successfully licensed and health certified, however there have been some extra unexpected road bumps along the journey. My goal of opening Central West Coffee the beginning of May has been delayed by leaky plumbing, trailer parking bylaws, in-line hot water installation and converting the dryer outlet into an espresso machine power source. Do you notice anything interesting? Absolutely none of these issues have anything to do with coffee! It is easy to get discouraged by these obstacles, but I try to view them as character building experiences; shaping my business and me into something special. For example, I now know you can purchase a miniature tankless electric hot water heater, avoiding the need for a tank and additional pump. I also know the difference between volts and amps, how they work together and the importance of them in relation to the machine your operating and the capacity of your outlet. It is easy to get caught up in all these obstacles and forget to celebrate the progress and achievements that Central West Coffee has made the past month. Two weeks ago, I fixed the plumbing leak and converted the dryer outlet so I was able to start up the espresso machine. This was a milestone evening; being able to craft delicious coffee with the set up I designed and built. Since that night I have been able to test a variety of coffee, refresh my latte art skills and book a professional photo shoot. Alongside a functioning coffee bar, I have a registered business license,... read more

The birth of Central West Coffee!

Let me start by saying I am no english major or literature junky. I have never written a paper without being forced to, or finished a book I was not interested in. I know this makes me sound like the worst blogger and business owner out there, but I am genuinely excited to share my journey through Central West Coffee with you. Although Central West Coffee has yet to be completed, some of the hardest work, lessons and achievements take place before a business opens. Building a business from the ground up is no easy task. If you were to ask me two months ago when I began this journey of creating Central West Coffee. I would have told you it would be a small, uncomplicated and relatively easy procedure. I thought I could work two jobs, write a 25 page business plan and build a custom coffee bar in two months while remaining sane. About a week into this brilliant plan I realized I had to make a choice: a) quit my jobs and commit to the construction of Central West Coffee, or b) wait and pursue this goal next year. After a few days of contemplating alongside a growing frustration over my previous jobs management I choose route ‘a’ and quit my jobs to dive into the unpredictable world of entrepreneurship. After this plunge, I spent a good month writing a 25 page business plan including everything from my vision to projected cash flow. This was a painfully long and tiresome project, but essential for me to create a successful start-up. It helped me clarify my vision... read more