The Uel Zing Coffee Lab is open Friday through Monday (and was closed for a healthy holiday break). ...so yeah, our hours are kinda weird. Here's why: though we began as a cold brew coffee cart, we soon started bottling cold brew—which quickly became the bulk of our business. So even though the Lab or cart might not always be open, there are about 15 other locations around town (grocery stores, donut stores, bagel stores, etc.) that are open and serving our cold brew. The Lab functions firstly as company headquarters (mainly, storing a lot of bottles) and secondly as a retail and event space: serving coffee, selling coffee beans and brew gear, hosting cuppings and coffee education, and other events like comedy or ping pong.Read More
The ZINGteam decided to head to our favorite land of fake forests and large plastic holiday figurines—Menards... and FUN ensued! Check out the full spread of UEL LOG crewneck sweatshirts, hand-knit 100% wool ZINGhats (by Lindsay), and the Uel Brew 1000 romping through a winter wonderland! And just click here to shop for any and all of these goodies! Lindsay and Penguins!Read More
Many people ask us how to start a food cart, so here is a page to help you start the entrepreneurial journey—at least in Bloomington, Indiana. There are basically two permits to get, but they require several other things, and it's best to get the ball rolling on as many different parts as you can. To get a business permit, you need a health permit, to get a health permit you need a commissary kitchen, to get that you need insurance, and so on. Here is the basic order in which I did it, working backwards with the first thing to do at the bottom of the page, because usually to get one thing, you need the previous thing.Read More
When he graduated from Cornell University in 2010, Samuel Sveen got used to hearing the question so common that it was the opening number in the Broadway musical "Avenue Q" -- "What do you do with a B.A. in English? Sveen launched a couple of entrepreneurial ventures -- cheese-slicers and custom greeting cards -- served as editor and a writer for the website ArtObserved and worked in gourmet coffee shops. He lived in Ithaca, N.Y., and then Brooklyn, where he met his girlfriend.Read More
When Samuel Sveen goes to work, he is hard to miss. Riding through downtown and turning up in local stores, he serves up coffee from his big, bright yellow pedal cart.
Sveen’s cart is the face of his Uel Zing coffee business and allows him to go to customers with his product. Any busy street corner is his storefront. “The most important thing about a location is location, location, location, and with the cart I can put it in whatever location, location, location I choose to,” Sveen said about his uncommon business model.Read More
Samuel Sveen, owner/operator of the Uel Zing Iced Coffee stand, operates his stand on the corner near the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.