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Norwich's Tuk-Tuk coffee mobile
Brian Wells and his Tuk-Tuk in Gentleman's Walk, Norwich
Brian sells drinks and sandwiches from the back of his Tuk-Tuk to offer Norwich's caffeine lovers an alternative to the high street coffee giants

Brian Wells, 34, from Norfolk, has given up his job as a kitchen fitter to sell coffee from the back of a modified Tuk-Tuk.

"I was in the pub with my friend, I'd had a few pints and came up with this idea - before I knew it I was training for it," said Brian.

The modified Piaggio Vespa has a built-in coffee machine like those in any coffee shop.

"My Italian uncle has got one too. I saw it just outside Rome," added Brian.

The former kitchen installer, from Sprowston, had to come up with a new business plan when his job was effected by the 2008/09 recession.

"I've been a kitchen fitter for 15 years - so I'm a carpenter, a tiler, a plumber. With the credit crunch all my contracts ended so I had to come up with a new idea," said Brian.

"I went around America in 2008 and saw a coffee Tuk-Tuk in Seattle and San Francisco. I started looking for one as soon as I could," he added.

After looking all over the country, Brian finally got his hands on his pride and joy from much closer to home.

"I found this one in Norwich. It already had the coffee machine in it, but it had hardly been used," said Brian.

Brian is planning on developing his empire of cappuccinos and lattes, to include an array to freshly made pizzas.

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