Kickstand Coffee in Action


I stopped by McCarren park this weekend to meet the guys behind Kickstand Coffee, Brooklyn’s newest—and only—bike powered, mobile coffee bar. The founders Peter Castelein, Neal Olson and Aaron Davis—who have all worked with Gimme! Coffee—just finished their third weekend in business, but have already created quite the buzz.

Their open air coffee theatrics have been providing delicious Chemex brewed coffee, from local roasters, to the sun soaking folks in McCarren Park and local craft fairs. However, once Kickstand get’s cleared for a vendor license, there’s a good chance you’ll see their mobile, transforming bar—which was brilliantly engineered by Neal’s roommate Ben Schleif—showing up in other places around the city.

The idea combines the founders’ passion for bikes with their passion for coffee and has created a unique and intimate experience that allows the customer the opportunity to fully engage with the person making your coffee. It also give’s Kickstand a chance to educate customers about the differences in quality coffees and the brewing process while it takes place right in front of them. Good luck guys, you’ve got a successful summer ahead of you.

Kickstand Coffee
Interview on FREEWilliamsburg
Music: Island, IS by Volcano Choir

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posted by on 05.24.2010, under Design, Misc.


great concept guys! well done, keep the faith

David Donde ( 05/25/2010 at 8:07 am )

I’m looking for a new grinder, would you be able to tell me what kind they are using in the video? Any thoughts on consistency, performance of it?

Chris ( 12/14/2010 at 10:52 am )

    Hi Chris, thanks for asking. The grinder they are using is called a Hario Skerton. I own one and use it pretty regularly. For the price, it’s one of the best options for a burr grinder. It’s fun to use and grinds smoothly, but does take a bit of stamina. They also have a slightly smaller version called the Hario Mini Mill. This Mini Mill addresses a couple issues that the Skerton has, but depending on what your coffee habits are, you may need the larger capacity of the Skerton.

    Here is a really great review of the two side-by-side, Hario Skerton Vs. Mini Mill

    Hope this helps.

    bwj ( 12/14/2010 at 11:14 am )

Thanks! That’s perfect. Love the blog by the way. I just discovered it and am hooked!

Chris ( 12/14/2010 at 12:06 pm )

    Thanks a lot. Glad you enjoy it! Share the love with your coffee drinking friends. ;-)

    bwj ( 12/15/2010 at 12:14 am )

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