You could make the coffee at home and brew directly into an airpot (or several air pots). That is what we did.
OK, seeing these responses, I feel like I could have thought of some of these..hope my brain starts working better now that weather is getting so nice up here and business is moving!
Thanks for the help!
DadsDogs, edwmax, CCinNJ, I was referring to locations where one might be starting in the morning and serving breakfast sandwiches, biscuits etc. I realize that there will not be many request for coffee with a hot dog at lunch time. I guess I assumed too much and didn’t explain myself clearly. Sorry about that.
Where I’m from we used exaggerated exaggerations as I did about 55gallon air pots. Sorry again, I didn’t realize that some of you would be taking this literally. In the future I will try not to exaggerate to stress a point.
The comments about the coffee being fresh is very important. I realize that you old coffee experts know all of this. My post is for the young folks wanting to do coffee. I’m a new vendor with a like new cart. I just got my license yesterday at 4 PM. I’m planning on starting Monday. If the location works out, in a couple of weeks I’m planning on starting early and do breakfast biscuits etc. and coffee.
I’m thinking about getting two 12 cup percolators. I will brew one pot and have the other one ready to go. I will throw a bunch of coffee away at first I’m sure until I figure out the pace. I have a grill to set the percolator on.
For new ones wanting to serve coffee, if you don’t drink coffee, have an old pro coffee drinker sample your coffee and make suggestions. Also, the point about “ARABICA” beans or grounds is true. Just like your hot dogs, you should use the best coffee too. This you can find out from coffee shops wanting to serve the best consistent beans they can purchase. Ask them!
If there is a Christmas Tree Shop store near you, last week my local CTS had a really nice 12 volt coffee maker. Designed to plug into your car’s cig lighter, but you could run it off a battery on your cart with the right adapter. It was really nice, too, with stainless steel carafe instead of the normal glass. I think it was in the $50 range.
You ask Batista how much it takes.
Oh, you’ll have to find the coffee filters and figure out how much coffee is needed per 55 gals …. [:D]
Dadsdog, If you don’t get the link to the 55 gal Airpot, I think Dr of BBQ & myself can help you out. I have a 55 gal oil drum and with the Doc’s injector, we’ll have you injecting hot coffee into cups in nothing flat. ….[:D]..[}:)] …. hummm, I think we could also rig a 55 gal percolator (or drip system) as a backup just to insure you don’t run out and solve BrickBOO’s aversion to airpot coffee. … Fresh made! …
Geez, we’re not blind here. “Real” coffee drinkers as you put it wouldn’t buy coffee from a hot dog cart anyway. We are not catering to the 1% of real coffee drinkers but to those who might be standing in line on “Black Friday”, to those parked on the side of the road wanting a hot drink or those heading to work with no time to stop and run into a coffee shop. I see your point, although over dramatic. Brickboo, could you please send me a link to one of those 55 air pots that you mentioned twice in your post? I’d be real interested in purchasing one. Lastly, I’m a little lost here, you went from talking about real coffee to boiling crayfish???? Could you explain? Have a good day. DD
Given my location, I think coffee would be a good seller on my hot dog cart.
where is your location?
Most real coffee drinkers who started drinking coffee when they were 3 years old ( not talking about people who like apple, cinnamon, butterscotch, mocha, so on and so forth “drinks” really not coffee) won’t drink coffee more then 20-30 minutes old. You need to work at not wasting it, but you need to throw it away after 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, it taste like crap.
Besides, while it is brewing it the odor causes people to smell and want it. You can’t accomplish this in a 55 gallon air pot drum of coffee. I HATE IT WHEN I WANT COFFEE SO BAD AND THE BARISTA TELLS ME IT’S ONLY BEEN IN THE “AIR POT OR WHATEVER YOU CALL IT” FOR 3 HOURS. PARDON ME WHILE I PUKE.
If you’re not going to keep coffee brewing and fresh, I recommend that sell hot chocolate. Use two pots. Brew one and as it get low and if you anticipate that you’re going to need more start the other pot brewing. I wonder why you don’t see 55 gallon air pot’s at McDonald s. No it’s not the best I’ve ever tasted, BUT it is the most consistent I’ve tasted between Denver and New Orleans at everyone I stop at on a trip.. Beats the gas station and the convenience store to death.
Only use the “ARABICA coffee. It’s the top quality coffee all over the earth. If you don’t enjoy drinking pure plain coffee, give it up, you’ll never figure out what you’re doing.
It’s like not liking boiled crayfish, or better yet not being able to stand the thought of it. Do you think you could fix it for a bunch of Cajuns that eat them 3 or 4 times a week? It’s almost like a joke eh?
Sell hot chocolate. Something that you know what it’s supposed to taste like.
Some cart manufactures also have coffee makers available
If you have the time and can boil a pot of water you can use a manual drip pot. I think Melita has them or a french press. Google Chemex Classic 6-cup (30 oz) coffeemaker to see what I am talking about.
Don’t know what your setup is or what your needs are, but lp Gas coffee makers are available. Colman makes a 10/12 cup for about $100 … then there are commercial models … http://www.galasource.com/cecilware–dining/beverage-service-supplies/coffee-and-tea-makers/coffee-urns/ProdDesc-MPO3-LP%20Gas-67360.aspx?ref=base&src=GoogleShopping
use your google
We stopped doing coffee and kept the hot cocoa (instant swiss miss packets). Cocoa out sold the coffee big time. All we did was run RO filtered water thru the pourover brew pot into a couple airpots.
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.