Coffee entrepreneur takes business on the road

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By Vicky Gits

As a mom with two athletic kids in Evergreen schools, Kristin Heidenfelder spent a lot of time at lacrosse games looking at other people standing around with coffee and beverage cups in hand.

“Wouldn’t it be a cool moneymaking idea to bring the coffee drinks to the spectators?” Heidenfelder thought. She bought a truck, quit her at-home job as a medical transcriptionist, and is now the owner of Evergreen Espresso, a traveling beverage business.

In addition to coffee and lattes, Evergreen Espresso delivers hot chocolate, Italian steamers, mocha, macchiato, cappuccino, latte, chai latte, frozen frappuccino, fruit smoothie, iced tea and hot tea and bottled water.

Heidenfelder looked on the Internet, tried out various samples and chose Higher Ground, a coffee roaster from Alabama that won an award from Micro Roaster magazine and is organic and also fair trade.

She found her dream machine, a Chevy 2500 Silverado pickup truck, in Sacramento, Calif., by scrutinizing “catering trucks” on Craigslist.

The Silverado looked like a bargain compared to a mobile coffee franchise she looked into for $135,000, including a vehicle. It was clean and had a built-in refrigerator, generator, sink, blender, water softener and two water purifying filters.

The back end has a coffee bar with sugars, cream, honey, cinnamon and chocolate.

She and her husband, Steve, a physical education teacher at Marshdale and Elk Creek elementary schools, flew to California on Easter weekend and drove the truck back to Colorado. By May 1, Heidenfelder had her permits and health inspections and was open for business.

“I’ll go anywhere people need me,” Heidenfelder said. She once got an order to come to the rescue with 40 hot chocolates for a lacrosse practice ambushed by a wintry day.

“I’ve had a great reception,” she said.

A local publishing company calls once a month to provide fuel for people working late to meet the deadline.

She has a regular route that so far includes four schools, Marshdale, Wilmot, Bergen Meadow and Rocky Mountain Academy. But there is plenty of room on the schedule for new accounts.

After 15 years working at a computer, Heidenfelder loves the new job.

“I haven’t been out in the public. It’s getting me out of the house. It’s fun and it makes people happy,” Heidenfelder said.

She is open to visiting doctors’ offices, commercial complexes and sporting events, as well as special events like bridal or baby showers, graduations, block parties or business retreats.

For information, call Evergreen Espresso at 720-280-6209.