One of the roasters from Oregon's thriving coffee scene is getting ready to ship some of its brews to Southern California.
Hood River-based 10 Speed Coffee plans on setting up a coffee bar inside , a cyclist-themed restaurant at 23504 Calabasas Road.
Tim Rettele and Robbie Schaeffer, developers of the eatery that's under construction, often cycle in Northern Oregon town, about an hour east of Portland. That's where they also got familiar with Oregon coffee, including 10 Speed's.
The small business operates out of a roasting house and a few cafes. Kickstand is 10 Speed's own brew, but the cafes also serve single-origin coffee, meaning beans that are sourced from nearby farms.
"That lineup is consantly rotating depending on availability and what we can source at that particular moment," said owner Bryan McGeeney, who is also Rettele's cousin.
Coffee is a big part of the culture for Oregon cities like Hood River and Portland and there is no shortage of people wanting to find a relaxing cafe for trying some local brews, he said.
McGeeney says he wants to export that experience to Southern California and give Los Angelenos a different experience than drive-thru frapuccinos.
"A lot of people are pushing for a lot of growth and development within the coffee industry and we'd like to bring some of that culture down [to Los Angeles] for the most part you haven't seen much of it," he said, adding: "It's something we think it has a lot of potential down there."
Rettele says he agrees with McGeeney.
"We’re kind of deprived down here for something like that,” Rettele told Oregon Business.
Pedalers Fork will also include a small repair shop for bicycles and serve as a starting point for group bike rides once it opens around December.