Small Bites: Ursa Minor in the morning sky

Thank you, Mr. Minor: The Ursa Minor coffee truck brings caffeine to the people of the RAD. Photo by Bill Rhodes

What: Ursa Minor Coffee Truck
Where: 191 Lyman St.
When: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Hit beverage: Salted-caramel latte

The Ursa Minor coffee truck was the first in operation of the three mobile joe units featured here. Ursa Minor originally opened on Swannanoa River Road earlier this year, but has since moved to Lyman Street in the River Arts District. Considering this interaction caught by Xpress on the first day we stopped by Ursa’s old spot (next to Asheville Bolt and Screw), it might have been a wise decision:

"A man in a big red pickup truck rolls slowly through the parking lot, then stops by Masem’s blue truck, embellished with big yellow stars. Eyeing the bottle of honey on the counter used for sweetening tea, the man asks, 'Whatcha sellin’ here, molasses?' When he learns that Masem has only coffee and tea on board, the man looks momentarily confused, wishes us a good day, and rolls on through."

Ursa Minor offers local baked goods, smoothies, teas, bulk coffee and more.

And what does Masem think about all the new trucks? He's "psyched."

"When you have three mobile coffee units, that means there's demand; All ships float in a rising tide."

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