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Mobile Coffee Shop Aims To Bring Back The Social Cafe

Java purveyors have become silent work spaces in this age of nomadic creatives, Public Coffee is creating a place for conversation.

Betsy Mead
Betsy Mead on April 4, 2013.

A mobile coffee shop in Denver, Colorado wants to change the way patrons in coffee shops connect with each other. Often the preserve of freelancers and students, these java-pouring workstation hubs can be social places, where meetings are held, or friends get together. However, when the laptops and books come out, conversation comes to a standstill.

A collective of designers, entrepreneurs, business people and creatives have come together to revolutionize the role of the coffee shop in metropolitan life. The project, called Public Coffee, is essentially a traveling coffee van which holds a coffee bar and is constructed from a two-horse trailer. The interior decoration would all be done by the collaborators. The vehicle would stop at four areas of the city per week, either as requested or on the shop’s own initiative.

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The ethos behind the idea is to recreate coffee houses as they were before the advent of (free) WiFi and laptops–locations where people could gather, meet others, and discuss ideas on a whim. With no laptops at this on-the-move cafe, patrons would be  able to stop and chat, giving room for people to forge connections with random fellow coffee-drinkers that might not have happened if a computer had been in the mix. Buyers can also get involved in the brewing of their coffee, if they choose, or make use of the audio visual equipment on offer.

Public Coffee was hosted on Kickstarter, where it managed to surpass its goal of $12,000 by $2,100, with 234 backers, by the time the campaign ended on April 1.

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