Video captures battling baristas racing their coffee vans in Vale of Belvoir drag race
A little spare time during lockdown gave battling baristas Mark Trevarthen, of Cafe Allez!, and Lauren Bradley-Muir, of Ginger & Blue Travelling Coffee Company, the chance to settle an age-old grudge: which is the fastest coffee van in the Vale of Belvoir?
The rivals decided that a socially-distanced quarter-of-a-mile drag race would determine the winner and Skydive Langar stepped in to offer the use of their runway. Film-maker Simon Wilkinson-Blake directed and produced the film and the end result is worthy of a Top Gear feature.
For Cafe Allez!, Mark was piloting Henri, a 1972 Citroen HY van. In the Ginger & Blue corner, Lauren competed with Este, a beautifully restored Renault Estafette van of the same era.
It was a surprisingly close and hard-fought race, with plenty of drama - but it also threw out an amazing coincidence: the vans covered a quarter of a mile in around 27 seconds, which is exactly the same time it takes each barista to brew a perfect espresso shot.
Mark said: “Obviously, we had high hopes for an excellent summer season taking our barista coffee service to corporate clients, festivals and sporting events. During the pandemic, almost all of our bookings were cancelled, but we thought this would be a great way to generate publicity for both companies and to remind potential customers that we’re very much up and running, able to deliver a great service and winning coffee at astonishing speed”.
Cafe Allez recently reopened its cafe by the entrance to Belvoir Castle after closing because of the lockdown.