Couple sparks lockdown cheer by turning rundown caravan into mobile coffee business
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A couple have been putting smiles on residents’ faces after converting a rundown caravan into a mobile coffee and cake business.
Jasmin Hartley and fiancé Philip Norris from Wisbech met in Australia in 2010 when Jasmin worked in a hotel, before deciding to head back to the Fens six years later.
On their return, the pair decided to buy a caravan from eBay for a mere £150, with the idea of renovating it into a mini café.
The business, named Temper and Glaze, runs at weekends while Jasmin, who works at Costa in the town and Philip, a welder, work during the week.
“Me and Philip both love our coffee and I am a baker,” Jasmin said.
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“We always wanted to have a café, but it was a risk with location and rates. We renovated it and my dad helped me a lot and did it all ourselves.
“We thought it would not attract much attention and thought I’d post on my Facebook page, see what happens. Since, I have been swarmed with messages asking when I’m next open.”
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After the caravan was rescued from disrepair, Jasmin, who was a finalist on The Great Australian Bake Off in 2015, has provided the likes of cakes, milkshakes, hot drinks and syrups to residents needing a quick fix.
Neither her or Philip expected their idea to grow this popular, and although she’s not planning on going full-time, she is still open-minded if the demand is there.
“We got our first gig in Cambridge at a wedding fair and it was such a success. We didn’t know what to expect,” Jasmin said.
“I don’t know why we have become popular. I think it was becoming a trend at festivals, with horse boxes being converted into businesses. We liked a vintage caravan and we visualised it, and thought we’d give it a go.
“I don’t think I would ever make enough money to make it full-time and pay the mortgage, but it is definitely something nice to do.
“I am a people pleaser. I would make a cake and give every slice away.
“We didn’t open to make money, just to make people happy and it has made our day. I am so happy and everyone having such nice things to say. It has warmed our hearts.”
For more information, visit the Temper and Glaze Facebook page or go to www.temperandglaze.co.uk.