Not your average Joe

With Nomad Espresso, Steve Moyer has made his coffee dreams come true — à la cart.

When it comes to coffee, Steve Moyer’s eyes often light up. Over the past five years, the 30-year-old accountant’s specialty-coffee curiosity has bloomed into a full-blown obsession that has made others take notice.

“I just really love coffee. The whole bean-to-cup coffee supply chain — all the various steps it goes through to get here — fascinates me,” Moyer says. “That comes from studying business and understanding supply chains.”

Moyer’s enthusiasm for coffee is infectious. While working at Edmonton’s RB Nelson Properties Ltd., where he puts his accounting skills to work assisting the company with commercial property management, he convinced his similarly coffee-obsessed coworkers to get a high-end coffee machine, the La Marzocco GS3, for the office.

Soon enough, Moyer’s passion for coffee led to dreams of opening his own coffee cart. As early as December 2014, the idea behind what would become his Nomad Espresso travelling coffee cart began to form. He started sketching out his ideas and took them to woodworking and design company Oliver Apt. to make them a reality.

By June, it was showtime — Nomad Espresso made its debut at a local art gallery/studio, The Drawing Room Studios and Salon, featuring the cart’s crown jewel: the La Marzocco GS3. Since then, Nomad Espresso has travelled to many functions, mainly in Edmonton, and now has a full slate of events set for the near future.

“As far as planning a business and getting it up and running, it was a pretty compressed timeline, but a lot of work and a lot of thought went into it,” Moyer says of the process, which included finding miniature equipment for the cart, looking into health codes and finding places to take his cart. “It was really exciting to see it all come together; it turned out better than I expected.”

Moyer’s background helped to make Nomad Espresso a reality. When he decided to study business and accounting, it was partially because he wanted to start his own business. “I have various interests and a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit, so I thought having a solid understanding of the numbers would be valuable.”

For those who want to follow in Moyer’s footsteps, he has a few words of advice. “It’s good to start with something you’re passionate about and then test it out,” he says. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s extremely rewarding to [see] something you planned from scratch come to fruition.”