En­tre­pre­neur adds flavour to the day with cof­fee on the go

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE - No­maz­ima Nkosi nkosino@times­me­dia.co.za

IF you like your cof­fee to go, a Port El­iz­a­beth mini cof­fee bar ac­tu­ally does go, and it re­ally is a Mini in ev­ery sense.

An en­ter­pris­ing Rich­mond Hill res­i­dent gets peo­ple revved up for the day ahead by pro­vid­ing their caf­feine fix and a home­made treat from his lit­tle wheels early ev­ery morn­ing.

Mo­torists and passersby can­not miss the bright orange Mini Cooper from which Gavin Dun­ston, 42, runs his cof­fee bar, parked at the en­trance of the traf­fic de­part­ment in Dur­ban Road, Korsten.

Dun­ston said he had bought the Mini back in 1994 and used it as a pri­vate car. When his fam­ily print­ing busi­ness could not gen­er­ate enough in­come, he de­cided to find an­other way to earn ex­tra money.

“I was think­ing of what I could do. I de­cided mak­ing cof­fee was the eas­i­est be­cause I didn’t have to cook or fry any­thing – all I had to do was boil wa­ter and add cof­fee and sugar,” the bach­e­lor said.

Dun­ston, who does his cof­fee rounds at the traf­fic de­part­ment from Mon­day to Fri­day, from 5am to 9am, says his cus­tomers in­clude peo­ple on their way to work and those who start queu­ing at the de­part­ment from as early as 6am.

When the Mini be­comes a cof­fee bar, the front pas­sen­ger seat is re­moved to cre­ate a work sta­tion. When it goes back to be­ing a car, the seat goes back.

“I sell Nescafe, Ri­coffy and Ja­cobs Kro­nung. I also sell a va­ri­ety of home­made bis­cuits baked by my mother Sylvia at R6 for a packet of four,” he said. His fam­ily and friends found his idea novel.

“I’ve met some in­ter­est­ing peo­ple do­ing this. My cus­tomers in­clude ev­ery­one from car guards to busi­ness­men and I’ve sold cof­fee to peo­ple from all walks of life. I love meet­ing new peo­ple,” Dun­ston said.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: EU­GENE COET­ZEE

MIGHTY MINI TREAT: Gavin Dun­ston pours cus­tomer Ben­jamin Afrika an aro­matic cup of early morn­ing cof­fee

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