While the COVID-19 pandemic has left many coffee shops struggling to adapt to new norms, the DNVR Coffee Company is thriving. Maybe that’s because nothing was ever normal for Blake Eatherton, who has been selling coffee from his bicycle-powered mobile coffee cart as a side hustle since April 2019.
An Aurora native, Eatherton studied geology at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, then returned to the Front Range in 2017 to take a job with an oil and gas company. He saw the coffee cart as a smart way to invest his money without acquiring much debt. After a lot of research, he purchased a cart from a company in Romania that typically builds for European vendors, so he needed to customize his rig to conform to Denver health and safety regulations. “When it got here, there was still a lot lost in translation, so I had to gut the plumbing and electrical and install a hot-water heater for hand washing,” the cart owner notes.