Student’s unique coffee business helping to improve sustainability

A Swansea University student is providing customers with a sustainable coffee experience thanks to his growing business venture.

Luke Green, 20, a second year student with the School of Management, founded GoGo Coffee in February where he serves coffee from the back of his low carbon emitting Smart Car.

The coffee machines are battery operated from the boot of his car, while he uses locally sourced coffee and bio-disposable cups.

Having already purchased the car himself, his vision and ethos came to fruition as part of an entrepreneurship module on his course.

Luke Green coffee

He also secured £2,200 worth of funding from GoCompare, which offers out a share of a pot of funding to various businesses. This investment enabled Luke to pay for vehicle insurance, stock and a secure storage unit.

“I love that I’m able to work on my passion of running my own business alongside my studies,” said Luke, who hails from Tenby.

“Independent learning is a big part of my course which is a mature way of studying as it’s down to you to put the work in and make sure your time is well spent.”

“I use locally sourced organic coffee which means I’m helping to support other local businesses, as well as the fact that the drinks are served in bio-disposable cups. I also offer a discount to customers who come to me with a reusable cup.”

“Setting up my own business as part of my degree was a big commitment, but it is great to know that I already have that in place when I graduate.”

However, Luke admits that it wasn’t always coffee that he had in mind when he first thought about setting up his business.

“While I was at Pembrokeshire College, I had an idea to run candyfloss and ice cream carts from a bike,” he said.

“But when I passed my driving test I explored other options which would enable me to travel further and serve a larger audience. This is when GoGo Coffee was established.

“Being able to drive to various places and serve coffee has really helped get my business off the ground.

“In the future I hope to have franchises running GoGo Coffee businesses across the UK.”

If you want to sample Luke’s coffee then you can catch him at Swansea University’s Bay Campus, as well as at Uplands market and in the Quadrant Centre from 24-30 June.

If you are a budding entrepreneur, you can hone your skills on the BSc Business Management (Entrepreneurship) degree course at Swansea University’s School of Management. Business Management and Marketing at Swansea University ranked top in the UK in this year’s Whatuni Choice Awards.