15 December 2007

The Coffee Bike - the future of urban coffee


Actually, I was at a Christmas lunch at Danish Broadcasting Corp. and was rather occupied with the consumption of food and drink when I bumped into Ole in one of the exterior atriums at the broadcaster's headquarters.

It's a massive party involving over 2500 people and Ole was invited in to sell espresso coffee to the masses.

What a cool bike. Just when you think you've seen everything in Copenhagen, something like this shows up. I had a good chat with Ole, the mastermind behind the concept. All of his coffee-making gear can fit inside the cargo bike and he doesn't need electricity to run the show. It's all run on natural gas.

He tells me he spent ages finding the right gear and, most importantly, the right bike. With Denmark being the home of the cargo bike there were several makes to consider. He narrowed it down to three: the Nihola, the Christiania bike and the Black Iron Horse [Sorte Jernhest in Danish.]

The choice fell on the latter, as it can handle 150 kg in the cargo bay, whereas the Nihola and the Christiania bike can only handle 100 kg.

He customised it himself and now rides around to events to sell his tasty coffee.

Go, Ole, go! Danish design at it's best: simple, elegant, practical. We look forward to more mobile coffee bikes on the streets of Copenhagen.

11 comments:

anabananasplit said...

I also like the Tradecycle. :-)

Zakkaliciousness said...

very cool, ana! thanks for the link!

saideira said...

oh i love this! does anybody know how to contact that genious Ole to get some tips for building my own coffee bike?;)

Zakkaliciousness said...

unfortunately i lost his business card... sorry. he just built it himself out of a Sort Jernhest cargo bike.

saideira said...

hm thanks anyway, i think i will just take a picture to the next bike shop and ask what thy think;)

saideira said...

hm, it's me again.
you didn't find his business card by any chance did you? I am so hooked on the idea but it would be of great help if I could talk to him and ask about some technical preconditions for the bike, the right gear and how he managed to run it all on natural gas...
anyway, if you ever find contact details of him, or if you meet him again at some convention, i'd appreciate it very much if you could put us in contact.
so far,...thanx for the report on this;)
best rgds!

Zakkaliciousness said...

on the new post about Ole, there is a link!
http://espressomanden.dk/

Sie Whange said...

Oh i love this!I also like the coffee bike...

Anonymous said...

Hello, I would like to ask you whether you know a coffe bike that can hire his services. We are the Global Wind Energy Council Association. We are going to partecipate in COP15 and will like to hire someone. Thanks in advance!

Mikael said...

you can contact Ole, with the coffee bike, at http://www.espressomanden.dk/

Mark Ceesay said...

I was very inspired by Ole's kaffecykel and decided to build my own. Now, i bike around Copenhagen and sell my hot drinks. I made some videos that you can see here http://www.coffeebike.dk/blog

Cheers,
Mark Ceesay