MK2 Production Trikes Are Go-Go

Trike 003 – the first MK2 production trike to be sold* – was collected by Bradley Nicholls on June 19th. Brad will operate it as part of his startup The GoGoCoffeeCo in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, UK, combining a regular pitch at the train station with events. Bradley’s made a complete career change from responsible job in industry to entrepreneur, based around the Velopresso, and confessed himself slightly nervous about the mechanical and barista-related challenges of pursuing his dream. He collected the trike from our factory on 19 June, and the next day sent us this update: ‘Thank you both today for your patience and support. I’m pleased to announce that the coffees were being knocked out left right and centre by the end of the day and getting better with taste and quality. Even managed a quick spin on the drive.’ His first event was a wedding three days later, and he says: ‘The reaction to your trike was absolutely incredible. Everyone was asking how it worked, taking pictures etc., wanted to know how it was made and who by. In fact it was quite difficult to answer all the questions and serve coffees to the queue of people that had formed! I even had some of the neighbours, the bell-ringers, the photographer and the Vicar queuing up! The bride and groom were thrilled and had lots of pictures taken with the trike.’

Reports on Trikes 004 through to 010 will follow.
* MK2 trikes 001 and 002 are owned by Velopresso Ltd

Bespoked, Bristol, 17-19 April 2015

We launched our first MK2 production trikes at Bespoked − the leading UK show celebrating handmade bicycles and those who make them.

Trike 001 was exhibited at the Arnolfini gallery, as part of the Bespoked Constructors’ Challenge, and we were delighted to be announced as ‘Winners’ on Friday, and to have our engineering and design work recognised by the bicycle constructor community. To mark the occasion, we also kicked off our ‘guest artist’ project, with trike 001 featuring a commissioned artwork by illustrator Daisy Hirst, celebrating the socially inclusive and joyful side of cycling.

Meanwhile Trike 002 was in operation at the main show in Brunel’s Old Station, where Lasse and the look mum no hands! team were serving up mighty fine pedal-ground coffees.

Exhibiting these production trikes – the first two of a batch of 20 now being built − at Bespoked was a major milestone for us, and a good moment to thank all those behind the scenes – in particular our main machinist Russell Bower and TIG welder Max Belcourt.

Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square

We were delighted to be invited to serve coffee to the great and the good who congregated in Trafalgar Square for the latest Fourth Plinth sculpture unveiling, by Mayor of London Boris Johnson. We had a grand day out, and met lots of friendly art-worlders, journalists and London’s movers and shakers who’d turned out to see Hans Haacke’s highly political sculpture ‘Gift Horse’. We got a good buzz on Twitter, and there are videos and pics on our Instagram feed.

It was a great opportunity to ride one of our three existing MK1 trikes  kindly loaned by We Walk The Line, the 16 miles from our factory in Leyton to the heart of London and back. With Lasse at the pedals, the mostly uphill journey took about an hour, which is about right for the precious cargo of coffee machinery on board. Cycling a Velopresso through central London is always fun – heads turn, people double-take (‘I’ve never seen anything like that before’), and phones are whipped out for photo-calls. All in a day’s work.

Making Velopressos

Months have flown by! We’ve been very busy setting up production and making Velopressos in our factory in Leyton. We’re now a month away from completing the first batch. We spent the autumn setting up the workshop space, and designing and making the bespoke welding table and jigs that we need for fabrication, as well as putting the finishing touches to the hundreds of components that make up every Velopresso machine. These first trikes will be heading off to baristas and cafés in the UK, Luxembourg, Australia and the USA. There are a few spaces in the first batch, and once they’re gone it’ll take us 6 to 12 weeks to build you a Velopresso, so if you’re in Europe or North America and planning to getting set up to make pedal-powered coffee in the summer months, get your order in quick!

To see more images of our production, visit us on Instagram.

Open For Orders!

We are now open for orders! After 3 solid years of development we are ready to take your order and build you a beautiful pedal-powered coffee trike, here in our east London factory. We make the trikes to order for each customer in batches of 20, in three-month build-cycles. Place your order NOW for delivery in January 2015 (the next batch after that will ship in late spring). Everything you need to know about ordering a Velopresso is available here and across our site.

We send a big ‘thank you’ to all our supporters and everyone who has written to us. Your appreciation of Velopresso has been an inspiration – equalled by our desire to make it the ultimate, truly mobile, low-carbon coffee trike – and sustained us on the long journey from prototype to production.

look mum no hands! – Velopresso in Covent Garden

Velopresso have teamed up with bicycle café pioneers look mum no hands! to operate our original prototype Velopresso trike at Covent Garden piazza over the summer. We are thrilled to be working with the mighty ‘look mum’ team and Capco at Covent Garden to bring Velopresso to the heart of London, and our machine has beautiful new branding in ‘look mum’s’ trademark graphic style. Please visit us in Covent Garden piazza, and treat yourself to a delicious pedal-ground espresso, long black flat white or indulgent brownie. Look out for iced-coffee and affogato options if the heat-wave holds.

T-shirts for sale!

We have had some requests for T-shirts over the last year or two and recently got some hand printed in time for the Tour de France (see below). The T’s are available in yellow and green in honour of the Tour’s main jerseys (polka dot being a bit too fancy for us), and also red and black, because we like them. All colours available in women’s cut too. Click here to purchase online. Limited numbers left, but if your size is sold out drop us an email, and we will let you know when we print more.

Tour de France

Never before has the UK expressed such passion for bicycle racing as was just witnessed at the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France. There’s speculation that across those opening 3 stages these were the biggest crowds in living memory for the Tour – outdoing those in its native France. Fantastic! Velopresso managed to make a last-minute appearance before the tour left for France, serving coffee in the VIP area of the official Fan Park in London’s Green Park, as Kittel racked up another stage win. Big thanks to Velo-GoGo for making that possible, and for their impressive contribution to the Tour’s impact here in the UK.

Le Pista Café Mobile – Velopresso in Montreal

Great to be hearing regular updates from Maxime at Le Pista Café Mobile in Montreal – our first bona fide Velopresso user. We shipped his machine out to him in April, just as the snow melted, and he made friends with it fast:

‘…everything is working perfectly. I very much enjoyed using the espresso machine and the grinder, and I just get awesome comments about it.’

The trike has been out and about in Montreal since May. Le Pista Café Mobile’s out on the streets and at special events, and is getting attention on Twitter, TV, radio and in the local press. Good going, Maxime! See more about Le Pista Café Mobile here.

Fracino

It is time to say something about our friends at Fracino. Fracino are an exceptional company, and one we are very proud to be associated with.  Founded in 1963 by Frank Maxwell, and now helmed by his son Adrian – second and third generation engineers respectively – Fracino are the only espresso coffee machine manufacturer in the UK. They have won multiple awards for manufacturing excellence and export achievement, and sell their machines around the world. Our story with Fracino is more fundamental. Without their support from the first prototype espresso machine onwards, we would have struggled to get Velopresso off the ground, and we are indebted to Frank, Adrian and their team in Birmingham. Fracino celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2013, and we made a special livery with 50 logos to mark this achievement.

Rustines – Velopresso in France

Last week we had the pleasure of delivering the Rustines Velopresso to Louis Rustin at his family’s historic factory – Ets L. Rustin – in La Chartre sur Le Loire, France. Louis’ grandfather founded the company in 1903, and is accredited with the invention of the puncture repair kit (1922), making him some kind of patron saint to cyclists the world over. The Rustines puncture repair kit is still available to purchase today looking much the same as it always has. Rustines has an incredible history and strong associations with the Tour de France and bicycle racing in general, but also with the cultural side of cycling with their support of festivals like the Anjou Vélo Vintage. There’s a bit of Ets L. Rustin expertise in every Velopresso as our custom rubber drip tray is manufactured there.

First Velopresso production models shipped

Over the winter, we made a special trial batch of just three production machines – the first Mk 1 production Velopresso machines – to test our production process before launching full batch production to order. These machines have entirely new specification to the prototype including larger wheels, a new modular frame and wrap around panel design. They were shipped in Feb/March to Le Pista Café Mobile in Montreal, Rustines in France, and a new social enterprise startup We Walk The Line* in London. We look forward to hearing back from those first Velopresso owners during the months ahead as these first trikes begin their working lives.

* the We Walk The Line trike is temporarily branded in Fracino livery in this photo

Production begins…

As 2014 gets underway, and after a total of 18 months’ intensive design and production development of the original prototype, we are about to send our first three production machines out into the world (to Canada, France and UK). We are passionate about Velopresso and have worked hard to make our machine the best it can be, and we would like to thank all those who have contacted us from around the globe and have waited so patiently for news during this development period which took much longer than we expected! We now plan to begin batch-manufacturing Velopresso machines to order*, here in England from February onwards.

* for more information please look out for further announcements on this site, Facebook and Twitter, or use the CONTACT form to be added to our mailing list.

Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out

It is a great honour to have been asked by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to participate in ‘Richard Rogers RA Inside Out’, a major retrospective of one of the greats of modern architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts. Velopresso is proud to fit with Rogers’ future vision of urban life in a compact and sustainable city:

‘The City is for the meeting of people and the exchange of ideas and goods.
When it is inclusive, sustainable and transparently governed, it is the embodiment of a fair society.“I shall leave this City not less but more beautiful than I found it” was the ancient Athenian citizen’s oath and is the driving ambition behind my work.’
– Richard Rogers

Velopresso will operate Thursday to Sunday, from 18 July – 13 October at the RA, Burlington Gardens, London W1.

Anjou Velo Vintage

We’ve just returned from the third edition of the magnificent Anjou Velo Vintage festival, Saumur, France. We took the re-vamped Velopresso prototype over the channel at the invitation of Louis Rustin of the famous cycling brand Rustines. Aside from the pleasure of serving our pedal-ground coffee at the inimitable AVV, it was a great test opportunity for our all-new grinder, espresso machine, plumbing and transmission… all working great! More news, photos and updates on ordering and prices very soon. Click here to see more photos from this great event by our photographer Ivan Coleman.

A Delicious Life – New Food Entrepreneurs

German publisher Gestalten produce beautiful books, and from what we have seen their latest on contemporary food trends is no exception.
A Delicious Life showcases today’s new food movement, featuring a broad spectrum of food entrepreneurs and their products. We are thrilled that Velopresso features in this inspiring publication. Available from April 2013.

Finnish Cultural Foundation

Velopresso are proud to have been awarded a second development grant from the  Finnish Cultural Foundation (Suomen Kulttuurirahasto). Last week Lasse visited his native Helsinki and had the honor of attending their annual award ceremony. Innovation and design development in the engineering realm is an expensive business, and as a young start-up we are extremely grateful to the board of Suomen Kulttuurirahasto for their continued support.

Conway Hall

While we develop the Velopresso production model we like to run the prototype when we can, and where better to do that than ‘London’s renowned hub for free speech and independent thought’ – the perennial Conway Hall. We are grateful to the Conway Hall team for hosting the Velopresso prototype, and there will be the first full day of public shot-pulling on Saturday 23rd February.  If you are in central London, come by for a pedal-ground coffee between 9am and 4pm, and take in an impressive exhibition from Congo Connect at the same time.

The Perfect Place to Grow

Velopresso (photo only) features in the Royal College of Art’s ´The Perfect Place to Grow´ exhibition. Celebrating the College’s 175th year the exhibition showcases achievements of RCA alumni and staff throughout its history including artworks by Moore, Hepworth, Auerbach, Hockney and Emin, and iconic designs such as Barber Osgerby’s Olympic Torch, Kinneir Calvert’s UK road signage and Dyson’s ball barrow.

16 Nov 2012 – 3 Jan 2013 at Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU. Admission free.

Copenhagenize London

Denmark’s ‘bicycle ambassador’, creator of Copenhagenize and cycle-centric urban planning consultant Mikael Colville-Anderson gave his first public talk in London on Copenhagen Cycling Culture, tweeting on the day ‘… I’m comin’ for your SUVs, white vans, car lanes…’. Velopresso were guest exhibitors at the event at Chelsea’s Old Town Hall. Invited by co-organisers Bikeminded we served coffee during the evening with expert assistance from our associate barista Adam Chan.

London Design Festival: The Guardian

Velopresso is in The Guardian’s ‘top 10 must-see’ exhibits of the London Design Festival. During the festival Velopresso can be seen at SustainRCA* exhibition.
* see previous post for details

SustainRCA Show

Velopresso has been shortlisted for Royal College of Art’s SustainRCA award, and it will be part of the Sustain Show & Award 2012 exhibition that showcases the best sustainability projects by this year’s RCA graduates.

Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, SW7 2EU, 21 September to 3 October. Admission free.

London Design Festival: Evening Standard

The London Evening Standard’s guide to the London Design Festival features a full-page photo of Velopresso.

Eurobike 2012

Brooks England has invited Velopresso to be their guest exhibitor at the Eurobike trade show in Germany – the largest bicycle trade event in the world.  We will be presenting the Velopresso prototype in Europe for the first time and sharing a stand with the likes of PEdALED, fi’zi:k, Selle Royal and Crank Brothers. We will be demonstrating the machine and serving free coffee to trade visitors courtesy of Brooks.

Eurobike 2012, Brooks England’s stand A5-401, Friedrichshafen, Germany, 29 – 31 August.

Deutsche Bank Award

In the 20th year of the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises, Velopresso has been announced as winners of the Design category.
The prize includes start-up capital and business mentoring from Deutsche Bank.