NAPLES, FL--(Marketwire - Nov 13, 2012) - The gourmet coffee shop on wheels has rolled into Naples.
A new coffee concept made its debut in Florida this month when Kathryn Deas' Cafe2U mobile espresso van began serving customers in Naples -- delivering gourmet espresso drinks to office parks, banks and other business locations where workers can't easily get to a favorite coffee shop.
Deas is just the fifth American franchisee for Cafe2U, a fast-growing international franchise system that's just beginning an aggressive American expansion. Cafe2U USA wants 1,000 vans eventually operating in the U.S.; entrepreneurs can learn more at www.Cafe2UFranchise.com.
"I love people, and I love the idea of bringing them something to make them smile," Deas said. "I love the mobility. I've been working in an office and sitting at a desk for the last five years, so I know what it's like to crave a good cup of coffee."
Cafe2U was founded in Sydney in 2000 and began franchising five years later, quickly growing from 12 vans in the Sydney area to more than 200 vans operating throughout Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and New Zealand. Cafe2U USA is headquartered in Bend, Ore.
Cafe2U mobile espresso vans deliver coffee to business customers on fixed weekday routes and events on nights and weekends. In addition to delivering to businesses Monday-Friday, Cafe2U is at the Naples Green Market, open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays (2150 Goodlette Road North).
Cafe2U won a bronze medal at the 2010 CSR Golden Bean Roasting Competition, where its coffee blend competed against 1,200 entries in international competition. Each Cafe2U van carries a high-end espresso machine and grinder, as well as other equipment typically found at upscale coffee shops.
"New customers sometimes wonder how good coffee can be when it's served from an espresso machine at the back of a van, and they're surprised when they taste our drinks," said Scott Bundy, president and CEO of Cafe2U USA. "We make some of the best espresso in the world, and it doesn't take more than a sip to turn a lot of people into regulars."