Coffeeneuring Challenge

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I am enjoying the hell out of all these stories! @vannevar, as a fellow descendant of the Emerald Isle, I’m still laughing about “My moment of angst, injustice and victimhood passed quickly — which is good, because those are dangerous things in the Irish and we end up bombing post offices.” @Edmonds59, you’ve inspired me. I can’t wait to go out riding today. Thanks guys!


reddan
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@joanne/@Vannevar: Me Irish blood usually leads me to seek out a bottle of Jameson’s in such angst-ridden moments, rather than bombing post offices, but I come from heavily diluted stock.


reddan
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Second pickup, post-Dirty Dozen scouting ride:

Big Dog Coffee(background music alert!), 2717 Sarah Street, 10/07/2012

~3-4 miles.

Medium mocha and an elephant ear. Note that no elephants were harmed in the consumption of this snack, even though the slaughter of innocent baby mochlings was pretty indiscriminate.


StuInMcCandless
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Low-hanging fruit, but it was the first time out after fixing a mechanical, with no bus service as a backup, so I played it safe and stayed close to home.

The Coffee Buddha, 964 Perry Highway, about 1.5 miles from the house, one-way. I was pleased to see they have a bike rack right by the door.

Coffee Buddha bike rack

Once inside, I got myself a nice big cup of the day’s special, some sort of oolong tea with a fancy name I forgot before I got 10 feet from the counter, plus a yummy muffin.

Oolong tea & a yummy muffin

This is a remodeled private home, so the entryway is a living room with a big wide-screen TV, which was showing the Stillers/Iggles game by the time I left. Upstairs are five rooms of varying sizes. I chose the smallest, with mats on the floor, where I finished reading Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, then wrote a short essay. I was probably there about two hours, all told, during which I nibbled my muffin, sipped my tea (which I kept warm over a small stand with an incandescent light), and got a refill on the water for the tea for a second cup. $7 with tip.

Once back out, I biked home without any trouble, though it was a reminder that even at 47F, I need more arm covering than I was wearing. Yep, it’s autumn, and this was only a three-mile test run. That’s why you *have* test runs.

Here is a video showing the first six minutes of the ride, which was only seven or eight minutes long.

Blog post (somewhat repetitive of the above, but contains the essay).


edmonds59
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That coffee Buddha looks very cool, I might have to head that way sometime. I am definitely scouting for more “unchained” places.


Erica
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I’m currently working in a coffeeshop/bookstore that has pastries, a section on cycling, and offers a bike pgh discount of 15% off bike-related books and is open til 7 tonight.

/shameless advertising (more like goading people into coming here. Okay I’m here another hour and I’m really bored.)


StuInMcCandless
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I also like Perry Perk, a much smaller place another 0.1 mile up Perry on the same side. Not open Sundays or evenings.


Pseudacris
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Hot Chocolate at the Coffee Tree in Shadyside!

6 miles RT. I snuck out of the house while my non-bike-riding houseguest was enjoying a nap (Hi Mom!). It was a cold wet day and the Steelers were playing the Eagles, so the streets were pretty quiet. I saw some girls playing field hockey: one of the few sports I actually enjoyed in Jr High. I enjoyed hearing the sticks hitting the ball.


Mick
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@edmonds59 Oh, man, it’s just coffeeneuring.

+1,394,256


buffalo buffalo
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(@edmonds I hesitate to point this out, since it would’ve completely obliterated everything that made your ride awesome, but 21st Street has not gone out of business–they’ve just moved down the block, next to Kaya. No idea if they’ll change their no-longer-accurate name…)


edmonds59
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Aaah! Ha, ha! Good news that they’re still somewhere. Now I can make another trip!


Erica
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There IS a 21st street coffee on 5th avenue downtown, so I doubt they’ll change the name.


edmonds59
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When I hit google maps for coffee shops, how the heck did mcdonalds get it’s places tagged as coffee shops? Bleh.


cburch
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this whole event is prejudiced against tea drinkers and i don’t appreciate it one bit.


reddan
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Someone must be undercaffeinated (probably due to drinking weeds in tap water, instead of a real beverage), as they’re missing details like Rule 6.


Anonymous
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McD’s was tagged because they bought a few hundred whousand blenders & now they sell “premium” iced coffee beverages.

(but its not really that premium.)


cburch
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no, just emotionally damaged from the non-inclusive event title…


buffalo buffalo
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> If you like riding a bike and enjoy drinking coffee or tea (or even hot chocolate), you should consider giving the challenge a go.

> 6. Hot chocolate qualifies, as do tea beverages.

Thptptptptptpt.


reddan
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I apologize. I keep forgetting about gingers and their emotional frailty, and I’ll try to do better next time.


Pseudacris
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^+1!!!! I have a family full of them. It’s a red sea of whiners!


StuInMcCandless
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FWIW, I did have tea at my shop, and I’m usually a coffee drinker. I think it’s just a simple matter of getting in the game. Ride, photograph, imbibe, document it.


Erica
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Someone must be undercaffeinated (probably due to drinking weeds in tap water, instead of a real beverage), as they’re missing details like Rule 6.

You must never have had yerba mate. I have two cups of peppermint mate every morning (since coffee upsets my stomach too much nowadays), and it’s got a big punch to it when it comes to caffeine.


Anonymous
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Event 3 for 2012.

Today we rode from the Bastille back to Squirrel Hill. This time to The 61C Cafe. What a great pick! Really nice selection of tasty treats to go with the beverage of your choice. For a cold October morning I zeroed in on the hot, spiced cider and found a cinnamon scone to complement it. Very good mid morning snack! We departed 61C Cafe in search of more murals and found one not far away on Murray Ave. From there we headed to East Pittsburgh for the Sprout Fund mural on Bessemer St, then back to Braddock for the really cool Braddock Aviary mural. Rankin Bridge and back to the trail for the return trip – with a detour to Thick Bikes along the way. Very good day for a ride even if we did start out freezing our little petuties off. 40 miles total.


Vannevar
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Coffeeneuring 3 of 7, 2012 Edition

Trip Report: Present Tense, North Braddock Aviary, No Brouhaha

drink: Latte w/extra shotte; coconut macaroon

shop: 61C Cafe, 61Ccafe.com

location: 1839 Murray Avenue, Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

date: 10/11/2012

mileage: 39 miles

tweet: sent

ride details: Rode with S and R, enroute from Bastille to East Pittsburgh. Keith was on duty at the counter, very nicely done. Excellent shop, great coffee, great snacks, great wifi. The cafe is named after the bus route that runs by their door. Very bike friendly.


Pseudacris
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@vannevar: is that a rivendell with the double top tube?


Vannevar
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Pseudacris, Yes! That’s my buddy Rusty’s Sam Hillborne, which is a very nice bike indeed. I have a minor crush on it.


Anonymous
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Event 4 took us to Polish Hill this morning where we explored a little bit before heading to Lily Coffee Shop.

Spiced Orange Tea and a Green Pepper/Sweet Onion Quiche:

Departed Lily CS in a light drizzle and rode back to the Point/Jail Trail/Hot Metal Bridge (a stop at REI) then out to Sandcastle for the GAP groundbreaking festivities. Good cookies and promising news on the trail work – then back through town with a stop at a mural on West Carson St before returning to the Bastille. Just under 26 miles with good company.


Vannevar
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My fourth coffeeneuring expedition of the 2012 Coffeeneuring Challenge:

trip report link

drink: Cafe Au Lait with an oatmeal-raisin cookie, very good

shop: Lili’s Coffee*Shop

location: 3138 Dobson Street, Polish Hill, Pittsburgh PA

date: 10/12/2012

mileage: 26 miles

tweet: sent

ride details: Rode with S and R, enroute to Sandcastle for groundbreaking ceremony. Bike friendly shop. The place is named “Lily” after owners Robert Levkulich and Carrie DiFiore’s young daughter.


reddan
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Third coffeeneuring stop (this time, with junior coffeeneur Owen in tow on the trail-a-bike)

-Brighton Heights Java House, 3619 California Avenue

-10/13/2012

-3.2 miles

-A medium house coffee, and a surprisingly tasty strawberry-kiwi bottled juice.

This was an opportunistic coffeneuring pickup…Owen and I had rolled down the hill to the Woods Run branch of the Carnegie Library, in search of a book of magic tricks for his upcoming family magic show. (Somehow, I have found myself volunteered to play the role of the beautiful assistant, AKA misdirection eye candy. I suspect I shall look dreadful in fishnets, heels, and a top hat.)

Anyway, after puffing our way back up McClure, the idea of hitting a coffee shop really appealed…and I hadn’t been in this location since it was The Vault coffee shop, at least a couple of business iterations ago.

Three Rivers rack right out front, often frequented by Pittsburgh bike cops, and friendly staff…what’s not to like?


Pseudacris
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Coffeeneur ride #2.

Approx 14 miles RT. Passed a bunch of people listening to a 1960s world series radio broadcast outside of the old Forbes Field. I love how nerdy this is :-)

Then I stopped by Arn City to have some more tweaks done to my new old bike (note dangling cable in first photo). Really old friction shifters swapped out for kinda old friction shifters and new cable. Yay!

Stopped at Big Dog Coffee, but was in the mood for Early Grey Tea with a spot of milk. Delicious buttery toast with cranberries and walnuts. Not too sweet or greasy (not counting the butter).

Then off to find a parking chair for the Wheelset of Parking game. Not as easy as I thought…lots of zig zagging through South Side alleys and crowded streets.

Great day to ride!


Anonymous
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Pseudacris, I must have seen you at Big Dog. You even captured my bike in your picture =)


Anonymous
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They listen to that radio broadcast every year. It’s the commemoration of Maz’s winning run for the World Series if I’m not mistaken.


Pseudacris
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@brybot – Ha!

Now I wish I had said hello. I thought the bike + Ortlieb’s looked familiar maybe from Bike Tag? I think you rolled up and were ordering just about as I was leaving.


reddan
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IV.

Marty’s Market, 2305 Smallman Street

-10/14/2012

-3.6 miles

-A fantastic macchiato and tasty blueberry muffin

Another post-ride detour for coffeeneuring purposes. Led (from the rear, to be honest) today’s Dirty Dozen scouting ride, then popped over to the Strip District on my way home to check out Marty’s Market, located at the erstwhile Right By Nature foodie store. The cafe section is very nice; located at the corner of the building, it offers service to patrons inside and outside the market; and the bike racks are located right there at the corner.


Pseudacris
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Coffeeneur(d) #3!!!

Highland Park’s Taza D’Oro

A popular spot for cyclists to convene. This is where the seasonal Team Decaf rides depart from. Not only does this place have good coffee, tea, pastries and lunch/sunday savory items, they have a lovely set of baskets filled with inner tubes, water bottles, and a few other items for sale.

The normally springy sfogliatelle was a bit soggy today, but I enjoyed it with a macchiatto.

It was nice to cross paths with a few familiar faces and indulge in some cautious filtering along the seriously-jammed Southbound S. Braddock Ave. These Squirrel Hill Tunnel Diversions are no fun.

Also: IT’S PLONK SEASON! Watch out for walnuts, acorns and beech nuts.

(RT ~6.5 mi)


edmonds59
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No coffeeneuring for me this weekend, as there were no coffee shops in the woods.


Anonymous
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Coffeeneuring ride 5:

I had planned to ride out to the coffee shop we frequent along the Montour Trail today, but changed my mind. I do love their ice cream and baked goods, but they don’t have much of a tea selection; they only have fake apple cider; and the forecast said rain in the afternoon and I thought better of doing a long ride and getting wet. Reassessed my options and decided to try a place in Ambridge that I’ve passed by before but had never been in. Besides, there was a mural just across the line in Belle Acres that I wanted to get. Found the mural of the classic dogs playing poker and then headed back to Ambridge to reward myself with something tasty. When I looked up the Silk House Cafe online this morning the site I found said they were closed Fri/Sat/Sun. When I arrived I discovered that they’re now also closed Thursdays. Seems that they’re on their way out of business. RATS. By mere chance an older gentleman had stopped me earlier in the ride. He must not see many cyclists in his neighborhood totally lit up with blinkies and neon reflective vests because he assumed I was inspecting a public works project or checking up on the garbage collection or something. Too funny. While he was telling me his life story (I had a hard time moving on here) he mentioned there was a coffee shop “just down at the bottom of the hill”. Since I had my plan I didn’t ask for more details at the time. Now I was wondering where, exactly, that other coffee shop was. Eventually I found Caffe 501 on Duss Ave. It’s a small, cozy, local coffee shop and the owner Kathleen makes excellent homemade biscotti. She was very nice and I enjoyed some Lemon-Ginger Tea with a Cranberry-Orange-Walnut biscotti. Turned out to be a very nice day for a ride. I probably should have done the longer one on the Montour Trail, but then it definitely would have started raining while I was still two hours out from the car. Murphy’s Law is hard to avoid.

Kathleen and three other customers said they were tempted to moon me while I was taking this picture!

Good biscotti!


Vannevar
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My fifth coffeeneuring expedition of the 2012 Coffeeneuring Challenge:

drink: Cappuccino with Two Extra Shots (total Four), Black Pepper Biscotti, very good

shop: Cats and Dogs Coffeehouse

location: 4059 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

date: 10/19/2012

mileage: 49 miles

trip report: http://type2-clydesdale.blogspot.com/2012/10/coffeeneur-5-colin-braddock-flock.html#coffee2012

mileage: 49 miles

tweet: sent

ride details: Rode with SR. 40th St. Bridge, Larry-Ville, Coffeeneuring Trip 5 of 7, went to see Colin A at ProBikes, Braddock, Oakland, Flock Ride.


Anonymous
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^^^What he said, except for me it was Event 6 and I had some orange-spice tea.


Anonymous
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hit the Leaf & Bean 22nd and Penn in the Strip. Iced coffee and nice people.

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