Meet Patrick. Patrick is an entrepreneur. Earlier this year he set up a coffee machine by one of the main cycleways running from the Inner North of Canberra (where I live) into the City … he makes very good coffee and I always stop for an espresso (that settles in the glass like tap Guinness!) if he’s up and running when I’m cycling past. I recently stopped by to take some photos of him … the picture of him looking skyward I think is my favourite.
Patrick called his coffee spot Sly Fox Coffee.
But it’s about more than the coffee … it’s about a social hub … a little networking space. I’ve met a stack of different folks down there and stopped for a quick chat or hello. Sometimes I’m a little late and I stand at the table straddling my bicycle while I sip a delicious coffee … afterward, the ride into town just flies past as the caffeine kicks in by the time I’ve reached David Street.
There’s often an assistant, Byron or Roley. There’s a bicycle mechanic, Rex, who’s there on Tuesdays and I could make lewd suggestive comments about the delights of an early morning lube but I will refrain today.
There is also a little Pug called Bob, a friendly and excitable chap. He made the photo essay too of course.
The Sly Fox is blossoming and I’ve noticed an increase in custom as the morning’s warm. Great coffee – great vibe.