Starbucks and Peets are the big contenders for the yet-to-be-caffeinated around early morning Green Lake, but even at 6:30 in the morning, a quick stop for coffee can rankle due to scant curbside parking. Keep 'Em Flying Espresso hopes to prove that there is plenty of coffee business to go around by capturing commuters who prefer to remain inside a climate-controlled vehicle and not miss a minute of Morning Edition on NPR.
The airplane-themed trailer, owned by Cindy Zucchero and her husband David, who is a commercial pilot, opened the cart last week. "Our kids are going to school out here, and we wanted to be closer to them," said Cindy. "It was a very long process permitting [three months], and we're just excited to be able to say, 'Yes, we're open!' now when people ask." The trailer sits right next to Spud's Fish & Chips, just off the road (6860 E. Green Lake Way), and opens long before the crack of dawn--5 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and 6 a.m. on the weekends (open til 7 p.m. daily). They serve Caravan Coffee out of Oregon, an espresso blend that has an Italian-style acidic streak.