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Espresso Kart celebrates 5 years of business and serving over 800,000 shots of Espresso

The Espresso Kart trailer

ESPRESSO KART, a renowned coffee provider in Kilmarnock, is excited to announce its 5th anniversary this weekend. Having served over 800,000 espresso shots, Espresso Kart has created a loyal community of coffee enthusiasts who appreciate their commitment to quality and relaxed, but exceptional customer service.  

Since its establishment in 2018, Espresso Kart has focused on creating the perfect cup of coffee by combining the expertise of its baristas with the finest coffee beans sourced from Thomson’s Coffee in Glasgow. Little did they know, after a simple idea in 2017 of starting a coffee van in Ayrshire to bring great ‘mobile’ coffee to the local community did a couple of espresso shots turn into 800,000.  

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Espresso Kart first transformed Kilmarnock’s coffee culture by bringing coffee to the community in their Toyota Proace van, this branded coffee machine toured the local offices, salons, council offices, farmers markets, and local town whilst getting to know so many new faces over the first two years.  

When lockdown hit, the ‘Espresso Kart’ was requested daily to park up in the local residential areas to give local people something to do on their daily walks. The streets were queued with people waiting on their cup of gold, which is fondly remembered by so many, during what was a very difficult time. 

Through an extremely challenging few years for a small business, Espresso Kart kept going (and growing) and opened a delightful little coffee bar in Kilmarnock in 2021. The van however saw its time come to an end in 2022, when it was traded in for a ‘cooler’ looking trailer.

To this day, the mobile coffee business has attended multiple events all over Scotland including the Scottish Open, Film Crew Sets, Corporate Days out, and many sporting events. One of the biggest highlights was serving Rory McIlroy at the Renaissance Club.  

By creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for customers to enjoy expertly brewed coffee while engaging in meaningful conversations. The team has now grown to eight, who welcome regular customers every single day.  

Other highlights to mention, are being recognised in the Independent Coffee Guide in Scotland and becoming a Real Living Wage employer.  

“We are incredibly grateful for the support and loyalty customers have shown us over the past five years,” said Stuart Pell, Business Owner of Espresso Kart & Coffee Bar. “Their appreciation for our coffee and the style of our business has been the driving force behind our growth and success. It has become a ‘coffee hub’ for so many people in the area, not forgetting the local football players, who enjoy their ‘coffee club’ meets between training.” 

Looking to the future, Espresso Kart will continue to grow and develop offerings whilst continuing to serve the “best coffee in Ayrshire”.  

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