While the delay in Springtime weather is far from ideal, it hasn't kept us from chipping away at our coffee truck reno. Nick, with the help of his dad and a couple of community friends, has been hard at work transforming the former vegetable truck into a coffee shop on wheels!
Here is where we are at in the process: The back door is in place, along with the exterior siding on the back of the truck. The inside "walls" are up and will be painted. We have put countertops along the length of one side of the truck as well as installed our three compartment utility sink and single hand washing sink. We are working with the DeKalb County Health Department to ensure our truck meets all the required standards for food trucks. There will be an identical 98" countertop running the length of the other side of the truck where our espresso machine will go. I, Steph, joke about the truck having more counter space than our kitchen at home. Don't be surprised if you find it parked outside our house as an extra prep space before big parties!
Here is a rendering of the current plans for the space. Things can and will change as we work out more details, but we thought you might enjoy a peek into our vision of the final project.
The next items on the to-do list are cutting a hole into the side of the truck for the service window and installing said window. We still have some figuring to do, as far as plans for the look and functionality go. There will be an awning that goes over the service window and a long bar beneath the window for order placement and delivery. We are leaning towards having the truck wrapped, versus painted. If you know of a reputable and affordable auto body shop that does this or have expertise in either auto body painting or wrapping, email firstname.lastname@example.org. It takes a village and we are eager to glean all we can from those with more experience!
In case you missed it from our last blog post, here's a picture of a similar coffee conversion truck we've been inspired by:
In addition to working on the truck, we've been busy fulfilling your coffee orders! We are so incredibly humbled and blessed that you would support us by buying (and trying) our beans. We truly believe in our product and every time we ship or deliver a bag of OpenDoor coffee, it feels like we are sharing a bit of our hearts with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Last month we made our unofficial debut in Genoa at the Springathon Craft Fair and Vendor Show. It was a blast to be able to brew-up some coffee and meet many of you face-to-face!
On a personal note, baby boy #4, hence the name for our 4 Boy Mom coffee, is due any day! We are aiming to have the truck ready for Genoa's first Farmer's Market, at the end of May, but are also striving to remain realistic, keeping our family as first priority in this journey. If the truck's not quite ready by then, you'll see us at the June Market!
Eager for iced coffee weather,
Nick, Steph and the boys