2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge Update!

The final weekend of the Coffeeneuring Challenge has come and gone, and the time to submit summaries and compile results is upon us.

Thank you to everyone who has participated and supported the challenge this year. You are awesome!

Coffeeneuring outings were frequently visible on Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram. I’m currently addicted to Instagram, and I blame all the good coffeeneuring photos.

David L., of the Seattle area, had a great idea to establish the Coffeeneurs Facebook group last year, and it made an excellent virtual coffee shop of sorts for coffeeneurs all around the world to interact.

As of this writing, the 2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge boasts 68 official finishers, and I imagine many more are on the way.

Here are some final notes as you prepare your entries:

Submissions. You will receive an email from me once I have received your entry. If I have not responded to you within 24 hours, that means I did not receive your submission and you should send it to me again.

The prize (or “the trophy,” as someone called it). This year’s Coffeeneuring patch is being offered at cost, which is $4 per patch ($5 for international entries). It is a different design than last year, and it is still in the process of being made or I’d provide a sneak peak of what it looks like.

You can submit payment to me for the patch via PayPal or send it to me via snail mail. Email address to arrange both is gersemalina “at” gmail “dot” com. Either method works so choose whatever you prefer. You will receive a note from me confirming receipt of your payment.

Community Coffeeneuring Destinations Map
Community Coffeeneuring Destinations Map

Community Coffeeneuring Destinations Map. If you have not already done so, please feel free to add your coffeeneuring stops to the Community Coffeeneuring Destinations Map. It’s looking good. Here is a link to the full map and the directions for contacting the Northeast Regional Office of Coffeeneuring for editing access in order to add your locales.

2014 1117 Coffeeneuring Cities Map
2014 Coffeeneuring Cities

Coffeeneuring Cities. This map shows all the cities where 2014 coffeeneurs are represented. When I receive your submission I will make sure to add your city to the map, if it is not already included.

It’s a little difficult to see the cities here, but I can’t make WordPress work with Fusion tables (boo) so you will need to go here for a more satisfying view.

2014 Coffeeneuring States
2014 Coffeeneuring States

51 States of Coffeeneuring. Finally, a quick look at 2014 Coffeeneuring states, as of this post. I have included the District of Columbia as a state, since this is my blog as well as a contest that I operate, and people should be able to have dreams.

I eagerly await your submissions in order to keep shading in this map! I also need to make some additions to the Magic Coffeeneuring Map, but I am not sure where it is right this minute. Maybe one of my unpaid interns borrowed it? Who can say.

Suggestions! If you have any suggestions for making the Coffeeneuring Challenge even better, please let me know either in your email with your summary or as a comment below. This is a sample of the kinds of suggestions I have received.

  • What about a Birthday Coffeeneuring Rule (i.e., you can coffeeneur on your birthday)?
  • How about considering a change to the Weekend Rule to allow coffeeneuring trips outside of the weekends (currently, there are few exceptions to the weekend rule.

Deadline for Submissions. Midnight in your area, November 24!

That’s all for now. Thanks, everyone.

6 thoughts on “2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge Update!

  1. I agree that the weekend rule should be updated to reflect today’s work/life trends. For example, my son, a part time college student and part time food service worker, works as many hours as possible on Saturdays and Sundays since his classes are all held on weekdays.

    As a result, his “weekends” are basically Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Friday. He tries to keep Friday sacrosanct to spend with his girlfriend. Her work/school schedule is pretty similar.

    Aside from the college age crowd, many adults now work two (or more) part time jobs or they work full time jobs during non-traditional hours (think nurses and doctors, international sales consultants, IT workers, police/fire/security, etc.). Many more are engaged in split-shift parenting, elder care, post-divorce childcare juggling……and a host of other time demands.

    My suggestion: Riders are authorized to make 2 coffeeneuring trips within each seven day period between consecutive Saturdays.

    I think this would allow flexibility on the “when” but still maintain the “no more than 2 rides per week” intent.

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      1. Well, I created that rule because I did not want coffeeneuring to be a ride-by, but rather it’s own experience– a pause from the routine of the day, if you will. So that’s the history behind that.


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