Coffee Blue’s Premier Mobile Coffee Comes To Coalville
Coffee Blue has launched our latest mobile coffee service in Coalville South.
Having met in Australia, husband and wife duo Walter and Emma bring a hard-working background with experience and midwifery and logistics.
With their second child on the way, Walter and Emma are looking to take control of their working life, binning their poor work-life balance to spend more time together as a family.
If you’re located in South Coalville and would like Walter and Emma to visit you at work or home on a daily basis, you can click here to book their services today.
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Without further ado, here’s our talk with Coalville’s latest and greatest mobile coffee service.
Tell us a bit about yourselves
I’m Emma and originally from Leicester. I currently work as a midwife but went to Australia a few years ago for a sort of working holiday.
That was where me and Walter met and I ended up spending nine years out there.
I was born in Sydney, Australia and worked over there as a heavy goods vehicle driver.
Then I met Emma. We had a daughter and then decided to move back to the UK.
We’ve both been working since coming back – myself as a midwife and Walter as a HGV driver – but with another child on the way, we’ve come to a point where we need to change.
Being a HGV driver, the hours aren’t very family-friendly. Hence why we looked into franchising.
What do you like to get up to in your spare time?
Well, with the pandemic and everything there’s not much you can do *laughs*.
And with the hours I’ve been working, I haven’t really had a lot of free time.
Before that, he enjoyed a lot of four-wheel driving and hunting when we were in Australia. But he’s yet to find somewhere over here that does it like they do over there.
I want to start shooting again but, again, with the pandemic, I’ve been unable to.
Once things start opening up again I’d like to pick up range shooting again – that’s the only thing that’s allowed over here!
I used to do a lot of pest control over in Australia.
Myself, I’ve always been tied up with work, so we like doing a lot of stuff with the family.
Spending days off together, walking, getting our daughter out and about to wear her out.
What made you want to start your own franchise?
Work-life balance, for me.
Being able to see the kids grow up is important. Working as a HGV driver wasn’t going to allow that.
For the last two years, with Walter working the hours he does, and now I’m pregnant with number two, it kind of came to a head.
At the minute, he’s only with us for three hours a day. He comes home from work at 2pm and is in bed by 5pm before our daughter.
It’s become a habit now that our daughter tucks Daddy into bed. But we don’t want that to be the norm.
I was exhausted with the pregnancy while looking after our daughter all day and night five days a week.
So, we said we needed to change something.
He (Walter) has tried other jobs like factory work – but that’s not him. He likes to be out and about meeting people – and he loves coffee!
We chose the franchising route as opposed to doing it ourselves because of the support and guidance. We wouldn’t have a clue of where to start.
For Walter, I think the main selling point of the franchise is having all the support and guidance but still being your own boss and doing it how you want to.
Why Coffee Blue?
The idea initially came when we were still in Australia. Mobile coffee vans are massive over there.
It was always in the back of my head but when I decided I needed a change in career, I began looking into it properly.
I stumbled on Coffee Blue when I was looking up the competition in the area and came across Ryan (Leicester East franchisee).
That was when I looked more into Coffee Blue. I preferred the look of the van to the other options and the company’s ethics.
We got some more information from Martin and the team and it snowballed from there.
What’s the response been like from friends and family?
Pretty positive all round!
Everybody that we’ve told has been really supportive.
They all think it’s a great idea. We know a lot of people that run their own businesses or work in the corporate world and say they’ve had something similar come to their offices in the past.
Some of them have even heard of Coffee Blue!
Our friends all knew we couldn’t keep going the way we were, not as a family. So they were really supportive.
What advice would you give those interested in joining Coffee Blue?
Do your research.
Yeah, definitely do your research.
Also, be prepared. It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a lot of work.
What’s your favourite coffee to make and drink?
To drink, a flat white because I like a strong coffee.
To make, I like making a mocha.
I don’t drink coffee – bizarrely. But I love my hot chocolates with all the syrups and everything.
To make, probably espresso *laughs*. Any of the ones without the milk in!
What are your hopes for the future?
Getting a good work-life balance – and also a thriving business. The reason for us doing this is to spend more time with the family.
We’ll put our all into it. But being happy and spending more time as a family is our goal.
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