Last year around this time, I launched the 1st Annual Coffeeneuring Challenge. The goal? Ride your bike to seven different coffee shops over six consecutive weekends, and adhere to 15 rules in the process. Several riders began the challenge, and 12 people officially earned the title of coffeeneur.
After the challenge ended, one person decided to continue and mapped out his quest to visit at least one different coffee shop each weekend for a full year.
It will never happen, I thought skeptically. First of all, what kind of coffeeneur has that kind of determination and love for the bean? Second, what town has that many coffee shops?
I now have my answer. Tangobiker is the coffeeneur with that kind of determination, and Portland, Oregon, is the town with more coffee shops than I can fathom.
Until I saw the information Tangobiker sent me about coffee shops in Portland, I did not realize just how many places there are to get coffee in that city. It’s quite remarkable!
Throughout the year, Tangobiker pedaled and sipped diligently toward his coffeeneur goals. I followed his progress through Instagram, and frequently caught sight of coffee drinks and bike rides in his photostream.
When week 52 of Tangobiker’s Coffeeneuring Challenge ended, he had ridden to a total of 63 different coffee establishments.
I thought it was an impossible achievement, but oh how wrong I was. Tangobiker sent me the control card to prove it.
This control card/spreadsheet shows all the locales Tangobiker patronized over the last year and when he went there.
All trips occurred on Saturdays and Sundays, wIth the exceptIon of one trip made on Labor Day. The only place Tangobiker visited more than once was the espresso bar at River City Bicycles, which he visited early on in the coffeeneuring challenge and again in May.
Over the course of the last 52 weeks, Tangobiker not only perfected the coffee with bike shot, he also visited 63 coffee locations.
The spreadsheet below shows the 63 distinct places where Tangobiker coffeeneured.
As you can see, the majority of Tangobiker’s coffeeneuring took place around Portland. However, he did extend his radius a couple of times to coffeeneur at Zoka Coffee Roasters in Seattle, Washington, and at Caffe Artigiano in Vancouver, British Columbia… in Canada! International Coffeeneuring!
A cup of joe by bike at 63 places in 52 weeks. Now that’s Super Coffeeneuring.
Needless to say, I’m quite impressed and I wanted to give Tangobiker a little something in recognition of his coffeeneuring achievement. To that end, I am sending Tangobiker a customized espresso spoon that has been hand-stamped with the title “Coffeeneur.”
You deserve it, Tangobiker! It’s a small thIng, but this way you have more than your spectacular spreadsheet to remind you of the good times spent coffeeneuring this past year. You are truly a Super Coffeeneur.
By the way, there will be a 2nd Annual Coffeeneuring Challenge, so stay tuned for details!
I am impressed at the sheer numbers! Congrats, Tangobiker!
I love it! Way to go Tangbiker! Very classy spoon, MG! Can’t wait to stretch my coffeeneuring legs next month.
The new cycling event: Ultra-Coffeeneuring
Last year I did the coffeeneuring challenge mostly in Australia (Brisbane), which was great — Australia has a very robust coffee culture. This year it looks like I’ll be doing part of the coffeeneuring challenge in Tokyo. Hmm, what kind of coffee culture is there in Tokyo?
Definitely impressed. Did he RIDE to Canada to do that coffeeneuring trip? How cool.
The macchiato in Canada was enjoyed the morning after the Cascade Bicycle Club’s “RSVP” Seattle to Vancouver event.
In addition to MG’s coffeeneuring rules, here are some guidelines I use:
1. Establishment should have a competent barista.
2. Beverage ought to be served in ceramic or glass (exception is farmers’ markets, & bike shops with baristas).
3. Establishment needs to have seating (which excludes most drive-up businesses).
4. Need be able to view bike from the seat where beverage is consumed (which excludes Barista in Portland’s Pearl district).
5. Good latte art, or pour-over coffee, is a plus.
Thank you MG for the inspiration!
Hmmm…perhaps the time is not long before we’ll see club evolve. Portland International Coffeeneurs, perhaps?
A slow day at work, and instead of using my time effectively – I did determine (via yelp) that it is feasible to visit 52 coffee or tea “shops” completely within DC on weekends (weekdays opens up even more choices). This includes only 1 stop at each of the major chains.
Oh???? I am interested in learning more about this!!
Maybe this link will work – I scanned my handwritten notes on 52 Coffee/Tea Places in DC. I’m pretty confident that all would qualify under the original rules.
Click to access 52coffeeortea.pdf
Your link worked!! That is awesome! Coffeeneuring Challenge starts on Monday so this is perfect!!
uh oh – It will be tough to complete this year (busy weekends), but I’ll try!
Portland the miraculous land of coffee, beer, bread, and bikes
Seriously! D.C. does not compare… though we are trying!
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