The story thus far

So. Welcome to whatever this is, I think it's going to be a bloglet? We'll see I guess. I am having a hard time remembering who is up to date on what, so I'm going to try to keep events here as they happen.

As most of you know by now Najla and I are in the process of starting a coffee truck. Kind of like a food truck but without much food and hopefully without as much of the hassle as there would be if we were to have grills, ovens, and all that tomfoolery. Oddly enough we will be in the second most complicated/expensive category of MFF, but I'm getting ahead of myself here.

The truck (and the business) will be called Papa November, there isn't much to the name aside from being a phonetic alphabet version of our first names. Which is kind of funny because we thought it would be nice to have a name that's unambiguous on the phone or what have you but we wind up having to repeat ourselves a lot when telling people what our name is. Oh well.

The truck itself is a 1984 GMC P3500 which has been outfitted as an ice cream truck. It started service somewhere in Alameda county, then moved to Massachusetts, then moved back here. It currently resides in Bayview but we're hoping to find a parking spot somewhere closer to where we live or where we will eventually be selling stuff. The engine is in good shape as the guy we bought it from had a bunch of work done on it before he sold it to us. There is an existing electrical system (separate from the truck's engine/ignition system) that consists of two banks of deep cycle marine batteries, two inverters, a fair amount of conduit, and a number of outlets. We are assuming we won't be able to run much or any of the coffee equipment off this system, so we will probably get a generator. There is a possibility that we'll be able to get shore power from the building adjacent to the spot but it looks unlikely at this point. The truck has a bunch of equipment in it already which looks to be in OK shape but hardly any of it is stuff we will need. If anyone is interested in a milkshake machine, a smallish chest freezer, a largeish chest freezer, a serious-looking microwave, a soda fountain with CO2 tank, a two-bin sink, or other stuff I probably forgot please let us know. There is plumbing and a water tank as well but we haven't even started evaluating that part. We are assuming that we have a fair amount of work ahead of us in terms of getting the truck up to speed for the SF department of health but we're not sure how to proceed at this point. We will also need to paint or wrap the truck but that is not a priority at the moment.

Here's what we have:

Here's what we need to do next. We would love love love to hear from you if you have experience, insight, or any other thoughts regarding any of this stuff, since most of it is stuff that neither one of us is particularly good at:

posted 2012-03-24 21:22:35 by px

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Papa November is a tiny coffee shop Serving Stumptown coffee. We're located at 15th and Kansas in Showplace Square, a part of the Potrero Hill district in San Francisco.

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