Coffee Blue franchise

Min investment
£8,000 +VAT


Coffee Blue franchise

Coffee Blue is the UK’s leading mobile coffee van franchise, providing barista-quality hot drinks and food to workplaces, offices, events and festivals across the country.

Minimum investment
£8,000 +VAT

Funding support

Total investment
£41,945 +VAT

Franchise fees
£16,950 +VAT

Business type

Expected revenue after 2 years

Minimum investment
£8,000 +VAT

  • Operating fee:
  • Advertising fee:
  • Royalty fee:
    £60 per week
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About Coffee Blue

What is Coffee Blue?

Coffee Blue is the market leader in mobile coffee franchises. Our three decades of experience in catering and vehicle conversions has created, what we feel, the best mobile coffee van on the road. Our franchisees serve the highest quality barista coffee, along with a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks, to offices and workplaces across their territory. The business provides customers with a convenient service directly to their doorstep every single day.

Coffee Blue’s award-winning blend of coffee, state-of-the-art van and unrivalled support network gives you all the tools to make your business a success.

Our parent company Vantastec Limited has more than 30 years of experience in vehicle conversions and mobile catering. During this time, we have gathered extensive knowledge of temperature-controlled vehicle conversions – which is why our van is so ground-breaking.

How does it work?

Coffee Blue vans are converted in-house to the highest specifications. They provide ample storage space, are fully refrigerated and also incorporate our own manufactured holding ovens to keep food warm while also following hygiene regulations.

Each van is stocked to the brim with our very own award-winning coffee blend. Our coffee is grown in three separate continents from five different types of bean, which makes for a perfect espresso. The blend is a light to medium roast, full-bodied with wine-like undertones and low-acidity. Plus, it’s even certified by the Rainforest Alliance, helping provide housing, education and medical support for families in areas where our coffee is grown.

Coffee Blue Compact

Our most cost-effective franchising option, where we’ll get you up and trading within three weeks.

You’ll experience all the benefits of franchising with Coffee Blue but in a leaner, more cost-effective package to shorten your path to a successful business in coffee.

Coffee Blue Catering

Entry Level 2 is the best of both worlds. Like our Entry Level 1 option, Entry Level 2 gives you access to Coffee Blue’s amazing franchising package – but with slightly more firepower in a larger-sized vehicle.

This option brings you flexibility like no other, creating a truly unique franchising experience.


Coffee Blue Barista

Our premier franchise package that put Coffee Blue on the map, Coffee Blue Barista allows you to bring delicious barista-quality coffee to the masses.

It’s truly the best mobile coffee franchising package on the market. Benefit from full access to our franchising and support packages – but with a mobile coffee van that’ll wow even the most cynical coffee connoisseurs.

All Packages Include:

  • Level 3 NCASS qualification
  • An exclusive Coffee Blue trading territory – complete with a 10 year guarantee
  • 24/7 support from our Franchise Development team
  • Free continued marketing and social media support
  • Free delivery on monthly stock orders*
  • Business & sales training
  • Your own EPOS system for accounting/transactions
  • Your own full set of Coffee Blue branded uniform

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Training and support provided

Before launch, our franchisees receive an extensive eight week training programme that covers all bases of your new business. Coffee Blue offer a two-week assisted launch, where our franchise development team spends time with you when you start to make sure everything goes smoothly. We’ll even pay monthly visits to you in your territory to see how you’re getting on.

Barista Training

Part of this programme is our professional barista certificate. We’ll give you up to eight days barista training so you can master the art making coffee. Here, you’ll be trained up on how to get the perfect milk texture for different espresso-based drinks, how to fine-tune your machine for maximum flavour, and even tips for creating fun and eye-catching latte art.

NCASS Certification

You will be given a City & Guilds level three food hygiene qualification from the National Caterer’s Association. The programme is the best online hygiene course available right now and will guide you on how to avoid a number of potential hazards within a catering environment. Such topics include general food hygiene, legislation, temperature control, waste disposal and more.

General Business Guidance:

We’ll give you in-depth guidance on how to turn selling food and coffee into a successful business. One of the most important aspects of your training helps you identify quality hot and cold food suppliers. We’ll help you scout reliable food suppliers with great prices. Our team will even guide you on the recommended retail prices of all the food and drinks you’ll be selling. Plus we’ll even help you set up your own electronic point of sale system to manage your accounts and all cash and card transactions.


Each franchise package comes with a selection of warranties that covers all of your key equipment. Some of which include a Ford manufacturer’s warranty for your van, a Fracino manufacturer’s warranty which covers your coffee machine, and warranties for both your refrigeration system and holding oven.


Finally, we’ll also be giving an extensive support network when it comes to marketing. We’ll set up your very own social media channels and email addresses, provide a thorough social media workshop to clue you up on the wonderful worlds of Facebook, Instagram and more, provide you with flyers, menus and other visual designs upon request, and we’ll also promote your franchise to local press when you launch to get more eyes on your business.

The ideal Coffee Blue franchisee

  • A coffee lover
  • Sociable
  • Motivated/Driven
  • Confident
  • Organised
  • Committed
  • Ambitious
  • Has good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Has good business sense

Coffee Blue's history

The beginning

Our journey started back in 2006 when Gareth and Colin founded Vantastec Limited. Vantastec is a one-stop-shop for all things vans and van conversions. From polyshielded crew and panel vans, to temperature-controlled vehicles, dog vans and even bespoke conversions.

What started as a project in a home office has grown into a nationally-recognised company, determined to innovate and change the light commercial vehicles sector for good. From their initial premises in Penallta, South Wales, they began working towards becoming the number one provider of refrigerated van conversions.

In 2013, the company moved into a larger, 28,000 square-foot unit in Ystrad Mynach. This is where their team of 50+ office and workshop staff are still hard at work.

Moving full steam ahead

Three years later, at an Exhibitor’s show in London, Gareth and Colin got their first taste of what the mobile coffee industry looked like – and instantly knew they could do better. Within 10 minutes of the ride home, a business plan was already written.

In September 2018, we officially launched our first franchise in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Less than a year later, our 10th franchisee joined the team. So, it’s safe to say Coffee Blue is moving full steam ahead.

Which brings us to where we are today. Our behind-the-scenes team has grown significantly, and we now have franchisees spread across the country delivering delicious coffee and food to their customers. What’s next for us? Well, we have plenty of exciting stuff in the pipeline, and we’d love for you to be a part of it.

Case studies

In March, Emma took a leap of faith and launched her very own Coffee Blue franchise in Neath, Port Talbot.

Colin shows you around our very own converted coffee van, which we feel is the market leader in mobile cafe vehicles.