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Our Foundations

How It Started

Spring Street

2004-2006

After establishing our family business in 2004, we launched our first coffee cart on Spring Street in Melbourne in 2006 – that’s where it all began.

2007

In 2007 we joined the trade show circuit with Downer and travelled with them around Australia with carts and coffee to support their brand. That same year Connex asked if we could set up shop in a small area at Sandringham Station with one of our coffee carts.
Sandringham
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From our roots in Sandringham came more opportunities and Gilano Coffee was hired by our ever-increasing client base to service events and conferences.

2008

Making things more permanent in 2008, we developed our humble coffee cart into a permanent espresso bar just inside the Sandringham Station.

Giving us a solid foothold to provide thousands of loyal customers with their favourite coffee as they go about their day. We still continue to operate the barista coffee cart and espresso bar at Sandringham today.
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From our roots in Sandringham came more opportunities and Gilano Coffee was hired by our ever-increasing client base to service events and conferences.

Vespa Ape

2009

We were the first company in Australia to convert an original 1956 Vespa Ape into a mobile coffee cart, now owned by a collector in the coffee industry.

We used our little Vespa cart around Melbourne for brand activations and promotional work. The Vespa even went to Sydney for a promotion with Mocopan Coffee and Adriano Zumba (the well-known pastry chef and media personality).
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2010-2018

Between 2010 and 2018, Gilano was the exclusive provider of coffee and coffee carts to the prestigious Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and, over the past 14 years, have delivered coffee and coffee carts to every State and Territory in Australia.

We’ve also catered for events such as the Royal Melbourne Show, Moomba, New Years Eve Live and continue to provide coffee cart solutions to roasters and others.

Our work in the high end event space has forged relationships and key brand alliances helping us to secure continued work at trade shows and conferences around Australia and a loyal, repeat customer base.

Coffee Cart Design
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2016

Gilano Coffee designed a specific coffee cart that was manufactured in Melbourne and sold to clients here and overseas, including Europe and New Zealand – expanding the range of diversity we offered to our clientele. Today, we continue to provide coffee carts and baristas for hire.

We have been to the top of the Eureka Tower in Melbourne and as far as Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory delivering our renowned service and coffee from our mobile carts. While we cater for all Melbourne areas, including the Bellarine and the Mornington Peninsula, we have Sydney covered, too, with our partner company Sydney Ice Cream and Coffee. See below for a listing of clients we have worked with over the years.
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2020-present

Gilano launched their latest interpretation of a coffee cart inspired by international travel. These new porta via coffee carts make it super-fast and easy to set up virtually anywhere, and being brightly coloured and energy-efficient, they’re designed using the latest modern aviation technology for portability and function.
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