There’s a sharp tricked out bike doubling as a mobile coffee stand traveling around New York City. This fall you can find it at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life on Tuesday mornings.
Technically a trike, it’s part of Students of Coffee, a new company run by NYU students Arnold Byun, Carlos Santos and Mia Jacobs. The three’s mission is to share a love of and appreciation for coffee with New Yorkers.
“We’re trying to create a coffee community,” Byun said.
The three NYU students have been serious about their brews for a while now. Two years ago they started the Coffee Club at New York University, a student organization that hosts different events and workshops such as sessions on roasting through partnerships with small, local coffee brands. The club was so well received that they started receiving requests from businesses and organizations throughout the city to host events.
Blown away by the response the three decided to create their own brand, Students of Coffee, that includes the coffee trike. The bike, which the three operate in between classes and jobs, sells drip and cold brew coffee as well as espresso drinks. Almost everything they sell is produced in New York: the coffee is from Sey Coffee in Bushwick, the regular milk from the Hudson Valley and their chai from Dona Chai in Williamsburg.
The bike and the workshops can be rented for private events and are only one part of the Students of Coffee brand. “We want to start a coffee club for NYC where you can subscribe and we’d send you four flights from either different companies or from one region, but roasted differently region,” Byun said, adding as part of that they’re working on creating recipes, videos on brewing techniques and a forum for people to connect over coffee.
You can follow their trike on Instagram.