Thirstea hits the road.

by The Thirstea Co in Portscatho, England, United Kingdom

Thirstea hits the road.


£3,000 stretch target 15 days left
198% 75 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 1st February 2021 at 10:02pm

We're hitting the road again, with Earl mkII. We're purchasing and converting a horse trailer to take our coffee & Ice cream further afield

by The Thirstea Co in Portscatho, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we exceed our target we'll 

  • Invest in marketing
  • Have our trailer professionally wrapped and sign written so the whole world can follow us for coffee and ice cream 
  • Invest in a more “road ready” trailer which will help us get up and running faster. 
  • Improve our equipment with more efficient machinery such as a quieter, energy efficient coffee Grinder
  • Offer our expanding team barista training which will improve resilience in our business   

Our Story

We are The Thirstea Co, founded in 2013 we’ve been providing the great people of Cornwall with Teas, coffees and Ice Creams. We started life in a vintage Citroen H van named “Earl” trading at public events, weddings, parties and shows to name but a few. 


In July 2014 we started popping up at The National Trust’s Porth farm, above Towan beach on the Roseland peninsula, and went full time there at Easter in 2015. We had 6 great years in the van, building our business, learning, improving and growing, but 2020 was the year it all changed.

No, I don’t mean the C word which has been floating about this last year, I mean we graduated from the van in to our current premises at Porth Farm, a cafe, a tea room, with a roof, and a proper kitchen. It was nirvana to us, having spent the previous seasons cooking at home, and battling the rains!


We love our cafe, we love the support we’ve had during this horrendous year, and we love having a proper home for the business. However, behind all this was a yearning, a yearning for the open road, to spread the good word of coffee and ice cream, to spread our wings. 

This didn’t go away, this feeling that there was more to be done, so we got talking to our landlords once more, and we agreed there was a space for us elsewhere, working alongside the cafe but taking our services to another post code!

Our spot: Carne Beach on the Roseland Peninsula, a beautiful beach, wide and sandy, the Cornish coast personified, it’s a beach filled with memories for Mr Thirstea, having grown up locally,  and just the perfect pitch to try our hand at outdoor catering once more!


This is where you guys come in. 

We want to invite our community to be partners in our new venture, we want to be able to give something back to those who have supported us throughout our journey, and those who will support us in the future. 

What we’ll do

With your help we’ll purchase, lovingly restore and convert a Rice horse trailer. We chose these because they are built in England, they are a really good size and shape for our needs, you’ll often see them being used for catering applications for this very reason. 

We'll fill it with

  • Counters
  • Electrics
  • Plumbing
  • Water Tanks
  • A La Marzocco commercial coffee machine, as used at the Cafe to provide customers with great coffee.
  • Callestick Farm Ice Cream freezer, we'll be scooping ice creams, nothing beats a scoop of ice cream in a cone on the beach. 
  • We will also need to acquire a large, reliable generator to power our coffee magic at Carne as there is no power there.

If we meet our target, which is as it is in to boost our own investment in the project, we’re hoping to up and running by the Easter holidays (such as they’ll be this year!) 

We’ll be recruiting local staff to help us out both in the trailer and at the Cafe, in our first year along we’ve created 3 full time equivalent jobs. We exclusively use local suppliers providing us with the best local produce, whilst we make all our sweet treats in house. 

We’re  a Surfers against sewage Plastic Free champion company, using biodegradable packaging and reducing our waste overall.

So take a look at the rewards, see what you might like, there is something there for all budgets, and thank you. Thank you for supporting us in our exciting new venture. 

Seth & Jodi


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Tea Towel & Treats

For a £20 donation you'll receive a limited edition Thirstea Towel, and a cuppa and sweet treat from either the Cafe or the new trailer

£5 or more

£5 reward

In return for £5 of your hard earned pounds you'll receive our eternal gratitude, and the knowledge you helped a great thing happen, and a little postcard from the team

£10 or more

Slice of something Nice

As thanks for your pledge, we'll return the favour with a free hot drink and slice of something nice from either the Cafe or the new trailer, along with a thank you postcard from the team

£50 or more

14 of 15 claimed


Pledge £50 and receive a Thirstea goodie bag stuffed full with Tea & Coffee, some of our famous home baked treats and a R-Cup, a reusable coffee mug made of recycled disposable coffee cups.

£75 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Roll of Honour

Your name or dedication on our roll of honour Along with a goodie bag for you to enjoy

£100 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Put your name on it.

Get your name, or dedication permanently scribed onto our new trailer, emblazoned for all to see! (You'll also get aforementioned goodies!)

£250 or more

7 of 10 claimed

Discounts Delight

In return for £250 you'll receive an unlimited "season ticket" to the cafe. Entitling you to 40% off every purchase you make through 2021, this includes the cafe and trailer. You'll also get the Thirstea goodie bag, and a gift voucher for Lunch at the Cafe.

Let's make 'Thirstea hits the road.' happen

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