If you’ve ever wanted to run a mobile café – or take all the refreshments you'll ever need with you – the Wheelys bike café could be just what you need.
Looking for funding via Indiegogo, the Wheelys 5 is a pedal-powered mobile café which lets you serve coffee as well as juices, crepes and ice cream. Wheelys says it includes running water, refrigeration, electrics, a stove and signage.
The Stockholm-based company also sells you its own brand coffee, which it claims is the best in the world, and disposables like cups. And you have to sign up for its franchise operation, which offers you more help and advice for $199 a month.
According to one owner, quoted in the funding blurb, “It was like lightning in a bottle, I just pressed the button and never looked back.” Referring to the business rather than the machine, we assume.
There’s also a solar panel to keep all that lot powered up and an electric motor – presumably to help you get the whole thing up Box Hill. Oh, and there are disc brakes to make sure you get back down safely. Wheelys says its bike café is carbon dioxide negative as you can run its gas stove on biofuel and recycle the coffee grounds.
Watch: how to climb Box Hill
Last year, Wheelys says it shipped 500 mobile cafés to 60 countries, with 145 cafés operating in Europe and 220 in North America. It’s got a flexible funding goal of $50,000, which is already 93% filled with a month to go. Units are due to ship from December.
Sign up early and the unit price is $5849. Various bits and bobs on top range from $432 for a drip coffee module up to $2999 for an espresso machine weighing 35kg.