A special entry to mark this blog’s 61st description of a cosy coffee shop (any excuse). This time – for the first time – it’s not a coffee shop but a fabulous van.
The Café Racer wanders the North Norfolk coast, but is found most days at Salthouse beach, near Cley. It is a beautiful Citroën 2CV, bought by the owner complete with gas-powered coffee machine. It’s all very romantic… perfect for a sumptuously hot mid-summer Saturday.
The driver/owner/barista told me this is a full time job. Sitting on the beach working out how many cups this friendly chap has to sell to pay his way, I realised how deserving he is of an entry in this meagre blog. What a gutsy plan, and how pleased I am that little vans like this not only exist but thrive. Surely this kind of venture hasn’t been possible since the days of blacksmiths and weavers?
In fact coffee vans (and carts) are popping up around the country, with a number of companies offering to turn ordinary vehicles into something that produces a good cuppa.
There are no chairs and few typical coffee shop comforts. But what you get is a friendly face, good hearty coffee freshly ground in the van (provided by local Norwich firm Wilkinsons) and, surely, the best view of any of the preceding 60 establishments listed here.
We visited on 14 June 2008.