Coffee war is brewing in Bundy
THERE is a turf war brewing between Bundaberg coffee shops and mobile coffee vans with cafes accusing mobile operators of stealing their business and undercutting prices.
While cafe owners' overheads continue to rise, mobile vans enjoy a rent-free existence.
Bundaberg coffee shop Teaspoon's owner Jenny Mikkelsen said she had seen mobile coffee vans set up opposite her business in Targo St.
"I've had them stop directly across the road," she said.
"I thought they were only allowed to set up in industrial locations. They shouldn't be allowed in the main streets or anywhere near permanent coffee shops," she said.
Ms Mikkelsen said she had noticed an increase in mobile coffee vans in Bundaberg.
"There was always one coffee van around town but now there are three or four.
"They don't have the overheads like I do so they are able to keep their coffee prices a lot lower," she said.
But mobile coffee van owners disagree with the accusations.
Two vendors, who did not wish to be named, said their permits did not allow them to operate in the main street.
They also denied they were taking customers away from the cafes, firmly believing they were targeting a niche market.
"We have regular coffee customers who invite us to their workplace and we operate out of their private car parks. We go to businesses where workers don't have time to pop out and get a coffee in their break," the vendor said.
"Apart from that we generally operate at festivals and promotional events where we are also invited to attend."
What a cup will cost you
Targo St Bakehouse: $3.50
Tasty Coffee mobile cafe: $4
Reds for Coffee: $4.20
Coffee Club: $4.50
Campos Coffee: $4
Three Monkey Coffee and Tea House: $4.40