Container Café | Container Coffee Shop

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One of the really cool things about opening a cafe is that it doesn’t necessarily need to be very big, and if you can make your cafe mobile, it really opens the doors for many business opportunities, such as events and festivals. One unique option for creating a cafe is out of a shipping container, with the 20ft container being a perfect choice, although even a small 10ft container will do. This post takes a look at the shipping container cafe and how the idea is helping to transform the world of hospitality and the coffee industry.

Somewhat a novelty just a few years back, cafes made from shipping containers seem to be popping up everywhere you look nowadays – and for good reason. Increasingly more people are realising how easy and cheap it is to construct their business premises using this material.

Thanks to the abundant supply of shipping containers worldwide, acquiring one to convert into a café is quite inexpensive. The cost-saving benefits of container conversions are especially important for businesses that are just starting up and are limited in the way of capital. Traditional commercial-rent-space is limiting to entrepreneurs as most of the time you will be required to pay a down payment a couple of months’ rent upfront.

In addition to this, a container café (because it can be moved easily) also gives your new businesses the ability to try out several spots to find out the perfect place to set up i.e. where there is the most demand for your products and services. But there are more benefits to using shipping containers for building cafés.

Benefits of shipping container Cafes

Shipping container conversions into cafes are popular because of the following reasons:

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Portability - Since the café is built into the container, moving it around will just be as easy as moving the container. This makes container cafes a more permanent version of a food truck without all the inconveniences of owning and maintaining a motor vehicle. It is the perfect solution for cafés that would want to move around to cater for events and festivals.

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Hygiene - A cargo container café can be fitted with all the amenities of a traditional eatery including a proper kitchen with working plumbing. This ensures that the food served is clean and safe for human consumption.

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Security - Sea containers are very robust and will guarantee the safety of the supplies and equipment you store in the shop. You don’t need to worry about a place to keep your things when you close for the night; just lock up and go home.

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Flexibility - When business picks up, it’s easy to scale up when using a shipping container as all you need to do is add another.

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It’s a physical asset - When you rent a place, all that money you pay as rent is dead. Most of the fixtures and fittings you add to make your café fit for customers can’t be pulled down and moved to a new place if you need to relocate. With a shipping container café, the whole building is yours and can be sold or moved if you need to. It’s your asset.

In addition to supplying quality new and used shipping containers, Tiger Shipping Containers is also a specialist in container conversions including turning sea containers into cafés. We’ll take care of everything from sourcing the container (new or used) to modifications and fitting it out with all the facilities you require – your one-stop-shop for your shipping container café.

Some of the common features we include for this kind of modification include: Full-length lockable side opening doors, Laminate flooring, Retail-style lighting, Complete electric packs including power, light, and heating, Preparation areas that include worktops, sinks, and any accompanying plumbing, Decking and awnings.

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Container Coffee Shops combine the charm of traditional cafes with the versatility of shipping containers. These compact and mobile spaces offer a refreshing alternative to brick-and-mortar cafes, as they can be easily transported and set up in diverse locations. Whether it’s a bustling urban area, a tranquil beachfront, or a vibrant music festival, Container Coffee Shops can adapt to any environment and captivate coffee lovers in new and exciting ways.

The rise of Container Coffee Shops can be attributed to their inherent benefits. Firstly, they provide a cost-effective solution for aspiring cafe owners, eliminating the need for expensive leases and extensive renovations. With our container modifications, we can transform a shipping container into a fully functional coffee shop, complete with a brewing station, seating area, and even a cozy outdoor space. The modular nature of containers allows for endless customization possibilities, ensuring that each coffee shop is a unique expression of its owner’s vision.

Another advantage of Container Coffee Shops is their sustainability. By repurposing shipping containers, we give new life to these sturdy structures that would otherwise contribute to environmental waste. Additionally, these coffee shops can be designed with eco-friendly features such as solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, and energy-efficient appliances, reducing their carbon footprint and promoting sustainable practices within the coffee industry.

Container Coffee Shops have also captured the imagination of coffee enthusiasts due to their distinctive aesthetics. The juxtaposition of industrial elements with cosy interiors creates a captivating ambiance that sets them apart from traditional cafes. The raw steel walls, exposed beams, and large windows provide a contemporary and inviting atmosphere, enticing customers to step inside and experience a unique coffee-drinking experience. The compact size of containers fosters a sense of intimacy, allowing baristas to engage with customers on a more personal level, forging connections that extend beyond the cup of coffee.

Furthermore, the mobility of Container Coffee Shops offers endless opportunities for entrepreneurs to explore new markets and engage with different communities. They can pop up at local events, markets, or corporate campuses, becoming a focal point for social interactions and community gatherings. Their adaptability also allows for seasonal adjustments, as they can be relocated to take advantage of peak tourist seasons or cater to specific events.

At Tiger Shipping Containers, we take pride in our expertise in transforming shipping containers into Container Coffee Shops. Our team of skilled professionals will guide you through the entire process, from conceptualization to the final delivery of your dream coffee shop on wheels. With our commitment to quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, and adherence to Australian standards, we ensure that every container project we undertake meets the highest standards of excellence. So, whether you are an aspiring cafe owner or a coffee lover in search of a unique experience, Tiger Shipping Containers is your trusted partner. Explore the endless possibilities of Container Coffee Shops and embark on a journey of taste, innovation, and community. Contact us today and let us help you bring your container coffee shop vision to life!

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Tiger Shipping Containers has just completed another Café this year, We supplied them with a 10ft new build shipping container with 2 window cutouts with gas strut covers and welded tags for power, letting them take over the design and make it their own from there.

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Tiger Shipping Containers is proud to present Da Mario’s Pop-up Restaurant in Rosebery, NSW, our latest shipping container modification.
What a great idea for a mobile Restaurant!

From the da mario website: “da mario has gone mobile as ‘pizza da mario’ – a bespoke shipping container designed by Victoria Hampshire, complete with a 3-tonne wood-burning oven imported from Naples. The mobile container will be popping up for events, festivals and as an outdoor restaurant around Sydney.”

If you want a shipping container modified to the highest standard, built to last and looking great, please contact Tiger Containers.
All of our shipping modifications are created in Sydney and we can ship anywhere in Australia

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