Maine’s first specialty coffee and espresso truck will be joining us for BikeMaine 2014. The truck, Flo, is the mobile offshot of Gorham Grind, an independent community coffeehouse in Gorham, Maine.
“The original idea [for the name Flo] was that coffee needs to flow at outdoor events,” said owner Carson Lynch. “There is never good coffee at a wedding or festival. It’s always an after thought, and it shouldn’t be.”
Thanks to Lynch, coffee will be flowing at the ride in September. Lynch said he plans to open the truck beginning at 5:30 a.m. for those riders who just can’t wait for coffee until breakfast begins at 6:30 in the BikeMaine Villages. He will join us in Westbrook, Winthrop, Gardiner and Bath, while being careful not to interfere with the businesses in each town. Lynch will sell a variety of espresso drinks and drip coffees (hot and iced, regular and decaf) as well as breakfast sandwiches, pastries, baked goods and bottled drinks.
Lynch also said BikeMaine riders can expect free samples of Rocket Fuel to kick-start their days! Rocket Fuel, a specialty item on the menu, is a concoction of coffee, Maine milk and cream, and sugar. It was originally created by Gorham Grind as a ready-to-sell espresso drink for a music festival in Cornish, Maine in 2008.
Lynch has been the owner of Gorham Grind since the end of 2005 and began the construction of Flo in May, 2013. He put the mobile truck idea on the back burner while he developed the business, but the coffee truck idea has been a dream of his for over a decade.
Since May, 2013, Flo has made appearances at two music festivals in Maine, a local products trade show in Gorham and a food truck festival in Portland called “Street Eats and Beats.” The truck’s interior is currently under construction, which is funded in part by a 45-day crowd funding campaign through the website Small Knot.
“I’ve always felt the most important element to the design of an espresso bar is that the space is laid out so you can maximize efficiency and have a good flow,” Lynch said. Flo’s interior will be designed to promote that.
Flo was initially used for deliveries from the Gorham store to other locations. Lynch’s goal is to develop her into a fully independent and licensed food truck. He is the process of getting the license (which includes a state inspection) to gain restaurant status.
Though Flo is a new addition to BikeMaine, Gorham Grind coffee is no stranger to cyclists. “Especially on weekends, we have people start and finish rides at our shop in Gorham,” Lynch said. “So it’s a crowd that we love catering to already.”
People at the “Street Eats and Beats” in Portland, eat near The Gorham Grind’s mobile coffee truck, Flo.