A few weeks back I got a phone call from an old friend saying that he knew a couple of guys who needed some help with a bicycle coffee cart build out and asked if I’d be interested? It sounded interesting to me so I agreed to get together with them to discuss their needs. I had never built a coffee cart before- but cabinetmaking is cabinetmaking- so why not?
I met with Jason Farrar from Commonwealth Coffees in our shop and he explained what they needed. Basically, they already had the three wheeled bike and frame made by Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles for their new business venture; but needed someone to do the woodwork for the cart which would house coffee making equipment and supplies while supporting a commercial espresso machine, hand grinder, sink with faucet, etc. I liked the challenge and saw it as an opportunity that could be mutually beneficial. I would provide the labor to build out the coffee cart if Commonwealth bought the materials. In exchange, we would get to market our products while the coffee cart was in use. Their plan was to be set up daily in front of a popular Highlands (Denver area) restaurant called Uncle where they would offer high quality, fresh roasted coffee drinks.
I suggested that we use a combination of African Mahogany plywood and solid African Sapele wood to build the cart. Jason and his partner Ryan Fisher brought the bike over to the Koostik shop and after a brief discussion, I set to work. Oh- did I mention they had an event in less than 2 weeks and would need the finished coffee cart by then? Details.
Over the course of the next week and a half, I built out the cart as shown in the photos. I custom mixed a stain to slightly color the materials to match, then finished with three coats of semi-gloss Marine Varnish. They rolled out the coffee cart for a trial run in front of Uncle restaurant and it was a huge hit! Everything worked as planned and Commonwealth Coffees will soon be set up there daily- they just have to get the license stuff completed.
A few days after completion, I posted a photo of the bike and cart on Facebook. A friend who works for a company in LA immediately contacted me to see if we’d be interested in making / selling them some carts. Who knows- maybe by this time next year, KOOSTIKARTS will be a regular item on our site!