Cuppa Joe to go, Swedish style

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - BEN COX­WORTH

IT was just this Jan­uary that we heard about Wheelys 2, an elec­tric-as­sist cargo trike that dou­bles as a mo­bile cof­fee shop. Although it pro­vides pretty much ev­ery­thing that its owner might need to run their own busi­ness, its de­sign­ers are now in­tro­duc­ing the im­proved Wheelys 3.

Like the non-elec­tric Wheelys 1 and 2, the Wheelys 3 is the prod­uct of Swe­den’s Nordic So­ci­ety For In­ven­tion and Dis­cov­ery (NSID).

It comes with a fridge com­part­ment; a siphon-style cof­fee brewer; a 10-litre cof­fee ther­mos; a bat­tery-boost­ing so­lar panel; and a basin for catch­ing spills.

There are also three bun­sen­style burn­ers.

The tem­per­a­ture of those burn­ers is wire­lessly con­trolled us­ing a cus­tom app, which can also be used for things like keep­ing track of cus­tomer or­ders and han­dling pay­ments — in­clud­ing ones made by Bit­coin.

The taps run hot and cold and an op­tional ex­tra is a mini tow­able green­house that can give a cup­ful of beans.

Are many own­ers likely to use that? Prob­a­bly not. It could be a use­ful mar­ket­ing gim­mick, though.

NSID is now rais­ing pro­duc­tion funds for the Wheelys 3, on In­diegogo.

A pledge of $2 999 (R37 800) will get you one, when and if they’re ready to roll.

Op­er­a­tors pur­chase the trike, pay a monthly fran­chise fee, and then regularly re­ceive the cof­fee beans and other brand-spe­cific sup­plies needed to run the busi­ness. — Giz­mag.

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The latest prod­uct from Swe­den’s Nordic So­ci­ety For In­ven­tion and Dis­cov­ery is go­ing for a pledge of about R37 800 on In­diegogo. The mini trailer con­tains cof­fee plants for fresh cof­fee beans, but is con­sid­ered a mar­ket­ing gim­mick.

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