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
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
''They can be used to sell everything from ice creams to hot
He said he would probably debut the venture at the Farmers
Market this morning, ''and then go down past the Oval to the
''But, it will depend on the weather,'' Mr Lequeux said.