Le Pista Café Mobile: coffee and bikes, how could it get better?
When we were at the Fitz & Folwell Co. warehouse sale last week, we had the chance to discuss with Maxime Richard, the guy behind Le Pista Café Mobile.
The concept behind Le Pista is simple, it is a fully mobile coffee shop that functions without electricity. The coffee grinder and the water pump are powered by pedalling and a little gas tank heats the water. The more the pedalling, the more water pressure.
The bike, a model of tricycle called Velopresso, was designed and custom-made in London by two industrial designer, Lasse Oiva and Amos Field Reid. The two met while studying at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and the Velopresso is the first project they work on as a team.
Le Pista is the only Velopresso in Canada and one of the only commercial testers. Maxime works in collaboration with Lasse and Amos as he reports any trouble-shooting and problems to the designers, because the Velopresso is still in pre-production.
Maxime launched is business without promotion and sollicitation, he did not want to be overloaded with engagement, as it is a one-man operation. However, word-to-mouth was more then enough to get his name around. With only one summer of activity, the Pista Café Mobile is in high demand! You can spot him in festivals, pop-up shops, and other public event, but also in corporate events.
Even the borough of Rosemont is interested in the project. A pilot-project for next season is in the work to allow the Pista Café Mobile to go about freely in the streets of that neighbourhood. Maxime has a lot of things lined-up for next year, but he is well prepared as the Pista is a project he has been working on for the past two years. The success of his business if definitely well deserved!
To keep track of the whereabouts of the Pista Café Mobile, head over to its Facebook page. This way you’ll be able to get your hands on a great cup of coffee! Oh and by the way, every cup Maxime serves is brewed from Kittel Coffee beans, a local business.