Coffeeneuring 2013: Oct4 – Nov17
Last year, Pittsburgh had more Coffeeneuring than any other city. (Portland was next). Looking forward to coffee-themed bike riding.
May I ask, are there any new shops/places that have sprung up in the past year, or places that you’ve only learned about in the past year, that you hope to use in Coffeeneur2013?
The new Peet’s coffee in Oakland should be open Mid October, would that count?
Absolutely it counts, and thank you- I didn’t know there was any Peets in the area.
I’ve been in there. Opening week, the owner’s children were out on the Chateau trail handing out hummus samples and brochures so I hopped over. Nice place, large seating area.
May I ask yinz digerati a Twitter question, because like I can’t fit this into 140 characters? So for coffeeneuring, it’s effective to follow @gypsybug and also to watch for the hashtag #coffeeneuring.
Is there a way to introduce a hashtag into my twitter feed – in other words, to follow a hashtag just like you might follow an individual? Thanks, V.
FYI. Constellation coffee is a new shop opening near the corner of Penn Ave and Butler St, slated to open early october (probably by the 4th). This might be a new one to check out. It’s in the former space occupied by cat & dog coffee.
Vannevar wrote:Last year, Pittsburgh had more Coffeeneuring than any other city. (Portland was next).
Holy crap, that’s impressive.
I’d also like to check out coffee buddha on perry hwy at some point..
Coffee Buddha is a cool destination, one I used myself last year. 200 yards north of it is Perry Perk, a tiny shop that also sells breakfast and lunch, and has outdoor seating. About 3/4 mile beyond that is Kelly-O’s Diner. And about 1/2 mile beyond that is Adzema Pharmacy’s lunch counter (1/4 mile from my house). So, lots of places to explore if you want to head up my way.
North of me, hmmm, precious little.
Opened up semi-recently in Oakland, anyone been? Saw they have a Lebo location as well.
Vannevar wrote:Is there a way to introduce a hashtag into my twitter feed – in other words, to follow a hashtag just like you might follow an individual?
using the twitter website, i’m not sure–you may have to open a separate window or tab. Most of the various other sites and apps offer the ability to follow a search in a second tab/column/etc.; details vary by program.
Vannevar wrote:I didn’t know there was any Peets in the area.
There aren’t. The same German private-equity firm owns both Peets and Caribou, however, so while most Caribous outside the upper midwest closed last month, some are being converted to new Peetses, including the Oakland location (not sure about the S.S.Works site).
Benzo wrote:I’d also like to check out coffee buddha on perry hwy at some point..
Pretty nice place. If you don’t mind traffic, Babcock Boulevard from Millvale to Rochester isn’t a bad ride; the only hill is on Rochester. For a less-trafficky solution, perhaps go out through Bellevue, then go out Balph (I think?) to Centre into West View (or take #13 bus to WV Plaza), then up 19 to Perrysville village. If you pick your day right, you can also get a truck taco (or 3) for lunch …
Elmo wrote:[Orbis Caffe] Opened up semi-recently in Oakland, anyone been?
Had never heard of it before I saw it riding past the other day—for the curious, it’s right next to Filmmakers’ Melwood Screening Room…
There also seems to be some sort of cafe-type thing on Melwood just south of Centre, behind the corner bar. Don’t know anything about it, though.
Elsewhere in Oakland, I’m not aware of anything else new (though maybe you could count All-India, on Craig north of Centre, which has a watery chai); a few things have closed, however, including the Dozen Cupcakes on Craig just north of Forbes. (The Lawrenceville and McMurray Dozens will close at the end of this month, it was announced this week.) Quiet Storm is moving in, at least temporarily, with AVA Lounge in the old Luna Bar space on Craig & Centre; that should open mid-October.
In Lawrenceville, Kickback I think is new since last year, in the Arsenal Lanes building; Gryphon’s Tea has moved from the Public Market to a spot on Butler near 42nd (and a stall at the Farmer’s Market). Has anyone ever been to Maura Mori Cafe, on Butler at I think 52nd?
Figured i’d mention since i’m a coffee lover of all sorts. I typically walked from my house 31st/Penn area to Espresso a Mano for my daily drink, but now Klavons serves coffee!! So much closer,always friendly staff. Stop in for a drink. I can’t remember the coffee they serve, but every cup is fresh and lots of other drink options.
61B in Regent Square just opened. Why haven’t I tried this yet? Maybe this year.
Today there’s a post online about the city-vs-city distribution of 2012 coffeeneuring: Will your city Coffeeneur?
And the last paragraph was so good I thought I’d repeat it:
“Remember, you must follow the rules.
Remember, rules were made to be broken.
Most important, remember that the spirit of coffeeneuring must be ever-present on your journey and at the destination, even when the caffeine or lack thereof threatens to derail you.”
Speaking of Constellation, I saw they will be serving Ceremony roasters. This is great news for coffee people!!!
And the procedures for 2013 are online:
Third Annual Chasing Mailboxes Coffeeneuring Challenge
New this year: the embrace of Coffee Shops Without Walls, for those who brew at the campground.
I would point out that if your days off are not Sat-Sun, there’s an accomodation for that. Also, I’m pleased to be the instigator of the Veteran’s Benefit.
Oh dang, I saw the misspelling and for a second thought someone was organizing a Tweed Ride (sadface).
edmonds59 wrote:Oh dang, I saw the misspelling and for a second thought someone was organizing a Tweed Ride (sadface).
LOL! Whoops, I guess I have Tweed-Brain today.
A Tweed ride *would* be awesome to the second power.
I still have tweed to wear! And the season is about right……
As to Stu’s question, there is a great coffee shop on Perry Highway north of him. If my recollection is accurate, it is in a tiny plaza on the west side of Perry Highway just north of Patron’s.
I’ve been there a couple of times, and always enjoyed going back. Nice people, nice selection. I wish I could remember the name, but all I can remember is that it is sort of unusual……
Found it on Google Streetview…..Amarabica Coffee House, 11889 Perry Highway, Wexford.
A tough place to get to on a bike though….The little road that passed BEHIND Patron’s from 910 might be usable though.
Oh. Right. Way up that far. For me, the bike world ends at Pine Creek Plaza, where Target has a little café. I just do not go up into Wexford Flats, let alone north of it. Frankly, I don’t go north of Cumberland Road if I can help it.
But with four in a mile on my stretch of Perry, there isn’t any need to go north of me. And hey, give me a heads up and I’ll put the kettle on!
ETA: +1 on another Tweed Ride!
2013 Coffeeneuring 1 of 7.
Friday Oct 4th, 0930. (my days off are Thursday-Friday)
Point State Park (iaw new Rule2, Coffee Shop Without Walls)
With S & R. (two tea, one coffee)
Marty’s Market, Strip District, Pittsburgh
10/05/2013, 16.2 miles
Mocha for me, cocoa for Coffeeneuring Cadet Owen, and some yummy lavender shortbread cookies to be shared.
A quick late-morning ride to stretch our legs. Owen and I hopped on the tandem and headed down to the Point to gawk at the Duck, then over to the Strip to find a snack.
Reddan, so glad to hear that you and Owen are out and about on the tandem.
The bianci CV continues to treat me well. I think ours was a deal that worked out for all parties!
But, no coffee breaks for me this weekend! Used the last of the good weather to complete the scrubbing and waterproofing of my back deck.
I think we should be able to define the days when we coffeeneur. My weekend was packed, made it unreasonable to be able to bike, although it was non-work related. On days when I work, I actually sometimes have MORE time and more incentive to seek out an interesting coffee place.
Swalfoort wrote:I think we should be able to define the days when we coffeeneur.
Actually, there are opportunities provided for that. The first year, I worked rotating days off and I contacted MG and obtained what my legalistic mother would call a “special dispensation” – MG said, just coffeeneur on whatever your days off are and document it that way, and I think that’s reflected in the rules.
You’ll see there are accomodations for irregular schedules, retirees, people on vacations, and furloughed federal workers. I would think that if you want to ask, you could submit your request to Mary G. http://chasingmailboxes.com/contact/
OTOH, if you’re the kind of person that prefers to act rather than ask, if you’re the kind of person that avoids asking questions when you might not like the answer (in other words, if you’re a rule-stretcher-bender like myself) then perhaps you’ll simply find a more effective way to identify when you’re working and what is actually your time off.
I mean, maybe you work seven days a week in one guise/role or another. It doesn’t sound like you are really and truly off on Saturday! Maybe this week your key time off is on Tuesday and Thursday. As even His Holiness recently suggested, who am I to judge?
Lest I seem heretical, I would mention MG’s own philosophy from this blog post: http://chasingmailboxes.com/2013/09/25/will-your-city-coffeeneur-a-look-back-a-glance-ahead/
Remember, you must follow the rules.
Remember, rules were made to be broken.
In the end, it’s about riding your bike, drinking coffee, and participating in the structure. There are variations in adherence, and we don’t want any ugly schisms or riots. No Fundamentalist-Strict-Interpretationist Coffeeneurs with one set of ethics, and NIV-Reformed-Embracing Coffeeneurs on the other hand. Just use discretion n’at, and pursue the Good happily and in a spirit of loving-kindness.
I mean, wouldn’t it be a better world with more people riding their bikes for coffee/tea/cider? Be the change! Just a respectful suggestion from a scoundrel.
So the organizers of Zinebot (the Roboto project zine library) were talking about having an open house event at the end of the month and wanted to have a themed zine reading to go with it. I suggested they incorporate a Coffeeneuring theme having folks read some stuff related to to biking and coffee. Details are still being worked out but here’s what is the likely plan:
– saturday, oct 26th @ roboto, 5106 penn ave
– open house = noon-4, readings probably sometime in the middle there (2ish?)
– gonna work on putting together a little pre-reading bike ride for those interested
– there will be coffee/tea to fulfill the coffeeneuring experience
if you would be interested in reading something, get in touch at zines[at]therobotoproject.org. You can read your own stuff or something that someone else wrote, whatever.
I used my Amtrak adventure to do a Coffeeneuring run. I think the 60-mile ride back from Connellsville to Pittsburgh counts. Mark this as #2A, as I took a day off at work.
The actual picture in the tweet:
Coffeeneuring 3of7. River City Java, 1919 Forbes Ave, Uptown, with RC and SR. Nice place, friendly staff. I had a three-shot espresso.
wow. tried to go to that place once when it was Asylum, although I think they’d already shut down by the time i made it. glad to see them up and running again.
Talked with the manager at River City Java while we were coffeeneuring today and he said that any bike groups out that would like to meet there before, after or during a ride would be most welcome. They’re not open on weekends, but he said to just give him a call a day ahead and he would open up for the group. They have a little courtyard in addition to the front room and that little deck.
412 526 1779
1919 at icloud dot com
Nice folks, good service, good raspberry tea. Give them a try.
Coffeeneuring 4 of 7, Friday 10/18. Delanie’s Coffee, West Carson at 18th Southside with SR. http://type2-clydesdale.blogspot.com/2013/10/excuse-me-madam-coffeeneuer2013-4-of-7.html Nice place.
30 seconds later:
Crazy Mocha, South Side, Pittsburgh
10/20/2013, ~2.5 miles
All-City Nature Boy(mine), KMX Storm trike (Owen), and Target-brand Hello Kittie bike w/ trainers (Elaine)
Tanzanian Peabody drip for me, cocoa for the kiddos to share, and a Cookie As Big As My Face for all three of us.
A lovely ride. Started at the Swinburne St trailhead, then over Hot Metal to the Crazy Mocha. A jaunt down the trail a bit, then back to see if the new riverside segment below Hofbrauhaus was yet open (it wasn’t). Lunch at Qdoba, then back across the river to the car and home.
Ride highlight: Elaine discovered that she could stand up to put some more oomph into the pedals on the tough climbs…few things cuter than a 4-year-old dancing up the hill out of the saddle on a pink be-streamered bike.
— Stuart Strickland (@bus15237) October 20, 2013
Coffeeneuring #3, Buena Vista Café in Mexican War Streets part of N Side. About 9 miles from the house. Still on the road as I type this after threading my way through Steeler fans near Heinz Field on my way to see the duck one last time.
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