To fully appreciate mobile espresso service, consider the power required to run a dual-head espresso machine, a drip unit, blenders, an ice machine and more. The Diffenderfer family — Chris and Sharon and sons Erich, 22, and Nathan, 24 — meet the challenge with a custom-built, chrome-accented trailer sporting an 80-amp generator, for The Leaky Mug (theleakymug.com), which parks in the Walmart shopping center at Woodmen and Meridian roads in Peyton.
TLM's drinks have been equally labored over and tested. Erich, the head barista, selected Denver's IMACK Coffee as his roaster, and a single-source, medium-roasted Ethiopian Yirgacheffe as his bean. He pulls shots off an Italian, semiautomatic Casadio machine, which he operates manually. So he's happy to dip into the Third Wave realm for your fancy flat white, cortado or ristretto. Nathan, who Chris calls the tea aficionado, has concocted black tea blends, including an iced tea with a suggested shot of vanilla syrup.
To distinguish New Mexican-style cuisine from Mexican and Tex-Mex, José Apodaca mainly points to a couple of characteristics of his red and green chiles: He doesn't incorporate tomatoes, and he uses a flour roux instead of corn starch. In his nearly 3-month-old food truck, Mira Sol (thetasteofnewmexico.com), he also favors beef over pork, and uses sopaipillas in interesting ways: for burger buns, in stuffed-and-smothered sopaipillas, and in bite-sized versions that get caramel-drizzled with whipped cream at dessert.
Another dessert, the "Apple Donkey," is basically a "deep-fried, apple-pie-filled chimichanga," Apodaca says, an idea he came up with as a teenager, growing up in restaurants in Roswell and Santa Rosa.
Apodaca, now 43, and his wife Toni Mae ran a window-cleaning business when they moved to Colorado, then managed a ranch in Hugo. They cooked once a month at a VFW there, earning acclaim from the tiny town, which inspired the jump into the truck and off to Colorado Springs. They now regularly park at Gold Camp, Smiling Toad and Red Leg breweries.
The former The Climb Books shop at 128½ Ruxton Ave., is the new home of Humble Coffee's roasting operations. Humble (humblecoffee.com) still operates the drive-thru at 2103 Templeton Gap Road as its only retail front, but owner Zach Hoerth needed a spot to place his recently acquired, 3-kilo Ozturk drum roaster.
The sale included the books, and Hoerth says he'll likely make them accessible to the community, library style, sometime down the road. He's also developing five new roasts, including an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and a premium Kona.