Barista Andrew Doube is taking the concept of a green cafe to the next level.
The keen cyclist has hooked up a tiny coffee cart to his electric bike and is serving hand-ground, pressed espresso in the lush surrounds of Hobart’s parks.
The Aroma Roama is an enterprise he has been thinking about for several years.
“I’ve thought for a long time that the parks in Hobart are under-utilised, these beautiful parks that people don’t use as much as they could because there’s not cafe facilities in them,” he said.
“For me, a park’s a nicer place to drink a coffee than a cafe most of the time.”
Mr Doube’s business plan is based around sustainability.
The locally roasted coffee is organic, and there are no takeaway cups.
“I’ve got melamine mugs, so people can drink their coffee, sit on a chair in the park and then bring their mug back,” he said.
He suspects he is running the smallest coffee shop in Hobart, with the lowest overheads.
“Twenty coffees a day, five days a week, and I’d be viable,” he said.
“I’ve been here today for about an hour and I’ve sold two coffees — and it’s my first day so I’m pretty happy with that.”
A social media post by ABC Hobart has prompted an outpouring of local support for the idea, with many asking how they can find him.
“I’ve had a really positive reaction and I get a lot of really broad smiles from people seeing me when I was riding down,” Mr Doube said.
“I think people feel inspired by something different happening in Hobart.”
Mr Doube plans to test out various locations for the Aroma Roama, and has set up Facebook page so Hobartians can track him down.