Meghan Ackerman is the entrepreneur behind Cadillac Coffee, a stylishly renovated retro trailer she pulls behind her ’57 Cadillac.
She serves gourmet coffee, kolaches, pastries, pies, and various other beverages to hip and eager customers from her vintage 1963 Shasta trailer.
Her company motto is “Fueling your day one cup at a time,” and that is just what they have been doing since starting up business earlier this year.
Every cup of coffee is made with beans from Big Bend Coffee roasters in Marfa, Texas.
Ever since she was a child, Ackerman was obsessed with classic cars, motorcycles, and other vintage finds.
Growing up next door to a junk yard in Illinois, wrenching and old steel always has seemed perfectly normal to her, and she was busy getting her hands dirty under the hood early on.
She has owned one classic car or another for a large part of her life, and right now she drives a vintage Cadillac named Marilyn.
“I have owned and wrenched on a pre-’64 car for the last 15 years of my life. My current love is my ’57 Cadillac Series 62 I bought from my uncle after I helped him restore her,” Ackerman told Houston Chronicle.
A former burlesque performer and instructor, Ackerman loves all things vintage and has dabbled in pinup modeling.
Her affinity for the classics doesn’t end in her personal life, though, and her killer Caddy is not the only classic set of wheels she currently is driving.
Currently, there are four specialty concoctions available, each with a classic car-themed name describing the drink’s ingredients, like the Trailer Queen or The Burnout.
With the food-truck trend sweeping the nation and taking the foodie scene by storm, there are plenty of mobile eateries for consumers to try, but Ackerman knew she had to take it on with her own retro style and opted to get a vintage trailer she could pull behind her car rather than using a modern, stand-alone unit.
Ackerman and her Cadillac Coffee team were at the Lone Star Round Up Rod and Kustom show earlier this month. They were vending at the huge annual event just outside of Austin for the first time, although most days she can be found selling her goodies in and around Houston at various locations, depending on the week’s schedule.
Moving from New Orleans in 2012 to the Houston area, Ackerman has made herself at home, enthusiastically saying, “I love this city!”
“We offer service with a hot smile and a ton of style.”
In addition to bringing home-baked goods and quality coffee to the masses and wrenching to keep her classic vehicles in good running order, Ackerman is happy to help encourage women to get involved in the car scene.
She said, “We need more girls in the driver seat.”
Just the other day, I was in my neighborhood Starbucks, waiting for the post office to open. I was enjoying a chocolatey cafe mocha when it occurred to me that to drink a mocha is to gulp down the entire history of the New World. From the Spanish exportation of Aztec cacao, and the Dutch invention of the chemical process for making cocoa, on down to the capitalist empire of Hershey, Pennsylvania, and the lifestyle marketing of Seattle’s Starbucks, the modern mocha is a bittersweet concoction of imperialism, genocide, invention, and consumerism served with whipped cream on top.”