PHOTOS: ‘Caffeine & Carburetors’ Opens 2022 Season Downtown

Thousands of car enthusiasts came to downtown New Canaan on Sunday morning for the 2022 debut of a popular auto show founded by town resident Doug Zumbach. Launched as a small gathering of specialty and classic car lovers on Pine Street, by Zumbach’s eponymous coffee shop, Caffeine & Carburetors has evolved into a regional even multi-state draw for New Canaan, held four times per year—on Pine and Elm Streets downtown and in Waveny. “The turnout is wonderful,” Zumbach said on a crisp and clear spring morning near the intersection of Pine and Park Streets as throngs of people walked the pedestrian-only areas to look at the cars, many of them wearing babybjorns, pushing strollers or gripping leashes. “Big shoutout to all of my volunteers,” he said. “Thank you [First Selectman] Kevin Moynihan, [Moynihan staffer] Tucker [Murphy] for helping, [Highway Superintendent] Mosey [Saccary], [Public Works Director] Tiger Mann, the Police Department.

Caffeine & Carburetors Founder Seeks October Date in Waveny

The New Canaan founder of a popular car show is seeking permission from the town to hold an event in Waveny this fall. Doug Zumbach, owner of the eponymous coffee shop on Pine Street, said he’s hoping to book a Waveny installation of Caffeine & Carburetors for Oct. 16, or if not then the following weekend or the one after that. 

“There are, I know, other activities proposed,” Zumbach told members of the Parks & Recreation Commission at their Jan. 12 meeting, held via videoconference. “I haven’t really been able to secure final dates on some of these, but the first choice I would have would be October 16th in the park.”

Yet town officials say they need to wait for the district to confirm whether the parking lots at New Canaan High School could be used by C&C attendees, or if there’s SAT training or testing.

Local Business Q&A: Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee

For today’s Q&A with a local business owner this holiday shopping season, we hear from New Canaan resident Doug Zumbach of Zumbach’s Gourmet Coffee on Pine Street. Here’s our exchange. New Canaanite: We talked in the early weeks of the pandemic last year, and your coffee shop at Pine and Grove was among the local businesses that really had to change its operations at that time. When we connected again in July, you were still looking for some parts of the business to return. Where do things stand now?

PHOTOS: Caffeine & Carburetors Returns to Waveny

Auto enthusiasts gathered at Waveny on a picture-perfect fall morning Sunday for the return of the popular Caffeine & Carburetors car show. After all four installments of a popular antique and specialty car show had been canceled one year ago due to the pandemic, C&C returned to downtown New Canaan last month, and parks officials unanimously approved a final 2021 installment for Waveny. “A large show with a great community showing,” Doug Zumbach said of Sunday’s C&C. “Extraordinary effort by volunteer staff to switch gears—no pun intended—to adjust parking direction due to lawn issue.” Zumbach also praised New Canaan Police for their help.

‘Caffeine & Carburetors’ To Be Held Downtown Sept. 12

For the first time in two years, the grassroots antique and speciality car show that’s drawn thousands of attendees to New Canaan in the past is set to return next month to the downtown. ‘Caffeine & Carburetors’ will be held Sept. 12 on Pine and Elm Streets, following approvals this week by health and other municipal officials. “it will definitely be a big show,” said Doug Zumbach, owner of the eponymous coffee shop at Pine and Grove Streets where Caffeine & Carburetors was founded. “So I’m really excited.