Daily Grind

SUBMITTED PHOTO The Grindstone Coffeeology  truck is pictured parked in Huntington after it was initially designed.
The Grindstone Coffeeology truck is pictured parked in Huntington after it was initially designed.

Brendan Fenn, owner and operator of Grindstone Coffeeology,  described his business as similar to an ice-cream truck for adults—or, at least that’s what they like to call themselves.

While millions of people wait in a line in their local coffee shop for their daily caffeine fix, in Huntington, W.V., coffee options can be limited by time or geographic constraints.

Last August, Australian couple Brendan and Helen Fenn moved across the globe to Huntington and immediately realized how different the coffee culture was compared to their native country.

At home, they said, they could walk down the block and see a variety of different coffee shops. Here, however, they lacked options, especially by the Ritter Park area.

This inspired them to branch out of their daily jobs and do something different—open up a mobile coffee truck.

Their inspiration came from both their love (and need) for their daily coffee, and the lack thereof in Huntington.

Once the idea of a mobile coffee truck popped into Brendan Fenn’s head, he spent countless hours researching, trying to find a suitable truck, he said.

After a streak of no luck, Fenn got frusturated and decided to go for a drive in Huntington. On his drive, he passed a truck sitting in a parking lot by 3rd Avenue.

Fenn’s wife, Helen, had experience working with coffee from working in various cafes in Australia.

“It was the perfect truck, and it was in Huntington. It’s like the universe was telling me—ok, this is it, you need to sell coffee,” Fenn said.

After getting the truck, Fenn did the design work for it himself, with the ability to do so with his architecture degree he had received in Australia.

Grindstone Coffeeology opened this past Memorial Day, and Fenn said the business has been really well-received, and their Facebook proves it.

Their page, Grindstone Coffeeology, received more than 900 likes in the past six weeks.

In the future, Fenn plans to replicate the truck to expand his business in other places in Huntington.

Grindstone Coffeeology’s truck can be found parked beside Ritter Park near the fountain every Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., downtown on 8th Street on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Frontier Offices on 6th Avenue on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and at Marshall University by Old Main on Hal Greer Boulevard Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

While the menu’s options are plentiful, varying from lattes, espressos and cappuccinos, Fenn said his favorite is a Flat White, a coffee beverage that originated in Australia.

Although Grindstone is always on the move, the Fenns can be reached on Instagram at @GrindstoneCoffeeology or through their Facebook  page. www.facebook.com/Grindstonecoffeeology.

Karima Neghmouche can be contacted at [email protected]