The concept of Lava Carts was first unearthed in 2004 with the operation of a single mobile coffee van. Alone in the mounting pressures of long working hours, high running costs and fierce competition, something of substance was forged.
In 2008, founder and director Simon O'Brien developed a new concept. This time combining low running costs with a cart concept strategically placed at the entrance of a major regional hospital.
The Cart concept and the Substance which had developed in high pressure conditions (like lava) merged to produce the first Lava Cart!
A deep commitment to excellent products, equipment and the highest operating standards resulted in the now famous Mackay Hospital Lava Cart.
Staff, patients and visitors became accustomed to enjoying world class espresso based coffees, chocolates and frappes as well as teas and freshly made quality accompaniments. A reputation soon spread among the medical fraternity to the point the hospital became synonymous as a workplace with good coffee and an added bonus for interns and doctors who were assigned work there.
A focus on quality and sustainability has also resulted in a full range of branded compostable cups and lids. This added an important element of substance and a major point of difference in comparison to other coffee outlets.
In December 2011, the first franchise was granted to long term customer and senior nurse from the Hospital, Heather Skien.
The Cart was upgraded using the latest in design innovation to the modern kiosk/shop concept we see today whilst remaining true to the grass roots qualities of cost and position consideration. Since then, opportunities for expansion have been literally erupting! for Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Perth.
Lava Carts aims to continue to help meet the growing demand for good coffee.