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Love cycling, coffee and the North Wales coast? This could be your dream job ...

Coastal Coffee project seeks pedalling barista

Here’s possibly the dream job for anyone who is passionate about cycling, coffee, and North Wales – a charity is looking for someone to pedal a custom-built bicycle to serve up coffee to people using the North Wales coastal path between Rhyl and Old Conwy.

Groundwork North Wales has launched its new Coastal Coffee project with the help of cash from the Coastal Community Fund, and is recruiting a project officer at an annual salary of £17,316 (or pro rata if part-time).

The charity, which aims to help communities in need and improve the quality of people’s lives as well as their prospects and potential, is advertising the position on its website with applications accepted until noon on Monday 13 April and interviews held in Wrexham the following Friday 17 April.

It says the position may also be offered on a job-share basis, and that “all candidates will be required to prove their ability to control and manoeuvre a large coffee tricycle over a distance up to 5 miles in any one day.”

It adds: “Coastal Coffee will be using a specially built cycle to provide refreshments for people walking [and cycling, presumably? ed] along the coastal path between Rhyl and Old Conwy. 

“The successful candidate/s will be responsible for developing and running this project on a daily basis, pedalling the vehicle, purchasing and replenishing stock, dealing with customers and monitoring customer numbers. 

“This project will generate revenue into the area, be a carbon free visitor attraction and offer refreshments in an area where there are currently no such facilities available to users of the coastal path.”

Full details, including an application pack, can be found here.  

Anna Pollard of Groundwork North Wales told Wales Online: "This could be a great opportunity for someone and great for the local area.

"These coffee bikes are popular in other parts of the UK and abroad and we think it will add something to the Wales Coast path.

"It is not just about serving coffee, it is also to act as a tourism guide to the local area, giving out information on the many things there are to do locally.

"We already have had a lot of interest in the job.

“This project will generate revenue into the area, be a carbon free visitor attraction and offer refreshments in an area where there are currently no such facilities available to users of the coastal path,” she added.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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