Cyclist providing pedal-powered way to get perked

Dunedin entrepreneur Olivier Lequeux with his 150kg mobile espresso tricycle yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Dunedin entrepreneur Olivier Lequeux with his 150kg mobile espresso tricycle yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.

Coffee on the run will become coffee on the roll in Dunedin from today.

Bi Coffee is a mobile espresso coffee machine mounted on a tricycle, developed by Dunedin entrepreneur and former city mayoralty aspirant Olivier Lequeux.

''The idea came about because I enjoy cycling and I wanted to push usage of Dunedin's cycle lanes.

''I was thinking about how I could make a few dollars and enjoy cycling, too,'' he said yesterday.

''It was also a combination of circumstances, because on May 5, the Dunedin City Council changed the bylaws excluding mobile traders from within 300m of permanent businesses.

''We want to bring a smile to people's faces and provide coffee where it's not available.

''It's not about competing with existing cafes. DCC environmental health has been very supportive,'' he said.

The 150kg machine was a collaboration with Trike NZ and cost ''five figures'' to develop, Mr Lequeux said.

''Eventually, we're hoping to build one a week and export them.

''They can be used to sell everything from ice creams to hot dogs.''

He said he would probably debut the venture at the Farmers Market this morning, ''and then go down past the Oval to the Esplanade''.

''But, it will depend on the weather,'' Mr Lequeux said.

- nigel.benson@odt.co.nz

Reinventing the wheel

Fantastic idea. Good on him for trying something new. Hopefully motorists aren't going to give it a hard time.

The question is, there are dozens of cargo bike companies out there with many designs. Any number of which could easily be retrofitted with barista equipment. Why spend five figures reinventing the wheel (or three)?

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