Cyclist providing pedal-powered way to get perked

Dunedin entrepreneur Olivier Lequeux with his 150kg mobile espresso tricycle yesterday. Photo by...
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.


Add a Comment

Local journalism matters - now more than ever

As the Covid-19 pandemic brings the world into uncharted waters Otago Daily Times reporters and photographers continue to bring you the stories that matter - yours. For more than 150 years our journalists have provided readers with local news you can trust. This is more important now than ever.

As advertising drops off during the pandemic, support from our readers is crucial. You can help us continue to bring you news you can trust by subscribing to our print or digital editions, or by making a donation.

Become a Supporter