Bicycle Coffee Roaster
I am presently obsessed with the idea of designing and building a bicycle coffee roaster. It is another one of my cockamamie ideas, a harebrained plan. This one, however, will not be destined to fade away, or replaced by another. I will forcibly pull it from the imaginary dimension, manifesting it upon the roadways of Chicago and who-knows-where else.
So far, what I have planned is this:
A 3 wheeled bike with a box on the front similar to ice cream bikes you might see at the park. My initial plan was to have a small, gas powered drum roaster mounted on top of the box. Basically, it’s a flame with a rotating cylinder that looks kind of like something you’d pull a raffle ticket out of. I even thought that I could rotate the cylinder from the front wheel of the bike. After doing some research, I realized that to be legal, the fire and gas would add some expensive hoops for me to jump through with the city (humans are afraid of fire). So, for now I’ve decided on an electric, air roaster.
I want to keep it delicious and simple, shots of really tasty espresso. I’ve been researching a number of portable espresso options. There’s an interesting one from Europe that builds pressure with something that looks like an air pump.
The power will come from a rechargeable battery.
What else will I need? Some cool graphics painted on the box, cups, water, a grinder and a few tools for roasting.
If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them. I’m in the gathering materials stage.