Coffee Blue’s Premier Mobile Coffee Comes To Blackpool North
Coffee Blue has launched a brand new mobile coffee service in the Blackpool North area.
Matt and Cat will begin serving delicious coffee and a range of food throughout Cleveleys and the surrounding areas from Tuesday, April 6th.
Both Matt and Cat are incredibly excited to get going. If they’re half as successful as they are enthusiastic, then the future is certainly looking bright!
We sat down (socially distanced) with them while they were at Coffee Blue HQ for their training to learn more about their backgrounds and why they chose Coffee Blue.
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Without further ado, here’s our talk with Blackpool’s latest and greatest mobile coffee service.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m Matt and this is my partner Cat. We both live around Blackpool.
We both like going for walks around the Lake District. Personally, I’m quite into my gym. I used to do a lot of running.
I also lived in Thailand for a bit where I trained Muay Thai. I was there for roughly a year and then I moved back to the UK and met Cat.
We were living in Lancaster for a bit, but recently moved back to Blackpool.
What sort of jobs you had previously?
Me, I’ve always pretty much been in the building trade. From timber merchants, building merchants, joinery etc.
I did one little stint in a kitchen at a nursing home but wasn’t for me.
What do you like to get up to in your spare time?
Part of the reason for me doing this is to have some more spare time.
Hopefully, I can get back into my Muay Thai training. I want to get back into running as well. Maybe do some marathons or something like that.
Other than that, mainly going to the lakes and walking the dogs. We have two Akitas.
We’re quite outdoorsy.
I’ve also got a side gig where I make custom-made furniture. Ornaments, bottle-openers, TV units, coffee tables – that sort of thing. Some whittling as well.
Around Christmas, I made some little Santas and sold them and they did really well.
What made you want to start your own franchise?
I’ve always wanted to make my own money. I can’t stand the thought of making money for other people.
I’ve always wanted to do it (become my own boss). From college when I was studying joinery up until now – but the time’s never been right.
Now, it’s the perfect time.
When we were living in Lancaster, Cat and I had a look at the possibility of having a mobile coffee van.
After buying a house in Blackpool, we collected some savings and looked back into it.
We weren’t initially looking at a franchise, but when we came across this and talked to Martin and Colin it just made sense.
Why Coffee Blue?
We’d already been to a few of the other options in the past but didn’t get a good feeling from any of them.
I then came across Vantastec, not knowing about the Coffee Blue side of the business.
I contacted Colin at the end of last year, we were straight on a video call and he showed me around the vans and I thought: “They’re the best so far.”
In the new year, we came down to have a look . We’d already half-started our own sort of thing, but it was the ease of the franchising side of things and being guided through it all that sold it to us.
And the coffee is really good as well.
I think with a franchise, it’s so easy to sell the product when you like it.
The coffee: I love it. It’s my favourite.
What’s the response been like from friends and family?
That’s the thing. We’ve not told anyone.
We’ve not told immediate family. They know we’re doing something but some of them think I’m still in my old job.
The only ones that do know are my old colleagues and they can’t wait.
One of my colleagues, in particular, was really having a look at it. They were all really supportive and even my old Manager was telling me to go for it.
What advice would you give those interested in joining Coffee Blue?
Coffee Blue-wise: definitely go and have your initial chat with them.
Everything you need to know is there and explained really well. It’s not pushy, you don’t feel intimidated like with some.
Franchising-wise it was all explained really well. Contact with the team was really easy as well.
In terms of starting your own business, especially something like this, it is risky if you know nothing about what you’re going into.
With me, for example, I’m very people-orientated but wouldn’t know where to start with finance or accounting or anything like that.
That’s where the franchising aspect of it comes in. The support with that has been spot on.
What’s your favourite coffee to make and drink?
Favourite to drink has got to be a cinnamon latte or flat white.
To make, I like making a cappuccino.
But favourite drink for me is a cinnamon latte. Can’t beat that.
I like drinking a mocha with hazlenut syurp. It is soooooo good.
But I love making a latte.
What are your hopes for the future?
In the short term, I want our van to do really well. I’d like to the point where we can’t handle the amount of custom we’ve got so we have to get another van.
Hopefully, Cat will be able to join in then full-time. She’ll still be working as a nurse and will help me on her days off.
But when the round picks up and we’ve got enough to invest into another van, the ideal situation is for Cat to be working alongside me.
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