A Vespa Ape might be a common sight on the streets of Cinque Terre, but less so on the streets of Cincinnati. So when you spot the bright blue utility vehicle, it’s a safe guess you’ve discovered Lucia, the Vespa Ape-turned-mobile espresso bar also known as Urbana Cafe. Daniel Noguera, Urbana Cafe's owner, takes Lucia for a spin around the city and parks at Findlay Market most weekends, sharing his hand-roasted coffees with the Cincinnati masses. The Italian-style coffee is also available by the pound, and gelato—not to mention espresso and gelato combined in the Affogato drink—can also be experienced.
One other thing that makes Lucia so special? The phrase “coffee with a purpose” is written across the vehicle, hinting at Urbana Cafe’s commitment to sustainability, as well as its mission to aid the efforts of local dog-rescue organizations.