The Coffeeneur Behind the Coffeeneuring Patch Designs: Doug of Umbrella Works

The 2016 Coffeeneuring Challenge prize is about to be revealed, but before the grand unveiling, I’m featuring the man behind the excellent coffeeneuring designs of the past two years. Doug of umbrella works stepped forward last year to offer his skills in creating the Coffeeneuring Challenge patch prize, and we’ve been working together since. Many thanks to Doug for being part of coffeeneuring. His involvement … Continue reading The Coffeeneur Behind the Coffeeneuring Patch Designs: Doug of Umbrella Works

The Capital City of Coffeeneuring: Pittsburgh, PA

When the Coffeeneuring Challenge first began, I had no idea who would participate and what cities would be represented. Over the years, Pittsburgh has consistently emerged as the city with the most participants. Last year, Pittsburgh coffeeneurs put together a poster announcing the challenge, and also worked with a local bike shop to coordinate both a kickoff and a closing event. Curious about the Pittsburgh … Continue reading The Capital City of Coffeeneuring: Pittsburgh, PA

Coffeeneuring is Coming: An Inside Look at Coffeeneuring in Milwaukee

After five years in existence, the Coffeeneuring Challenge is becoming a fall tradition. For most of us, coffeeneuring never truly stops, but there is something especially enticing about the cool fall air, crunchy leaves under our wheels, and rides to coffee (or other coffee-ish) beverages with friends. This year, I talked with people in a couple of cities about their coffeeneuring exploits. The first is … Continue reading Coffeeneuring is Coming: An Inside Look at Coffeeneuring in Milwaukee

The Juxtaposition of Movement and Pause: Talking Bikes and Coffee With Sarah

Even though the official Coffeeneuring Challenge won’t be back until the fall, for many, coffeeneuring never stops.  And for some of us, bicycles and coffee are a way of life. Sarah – a barista, bike rider, and member of BikeDC – completed the challenge for the third time this past October. Given the unique place that bikes and coffee occupy in her sphere, I asked Sarah … Continue reading The Juxtaposition of Movement and Pause: Talking Bikes and Coffee With Sarah

We Love Coffeeneuring, Featuring the Ultimate Coffeeneur for Final Weekend Inspiration

In the great city of Portland, there is a person who has coffeeneured more than anyone I know. His name is Bill, and in the course of 94 weekends he visited 110 distinct coffee shops.

That accomplishment is a testament not only to the preponderance of Portland-area coffee shops (yay, alliteration!), as well as Bill’s passion for coffeeneuring and his determination to seek out new shops.

In honor of the final weekend of the Coffeeneuring Challenge, I share with you this interview with the Ultimate Coffeeneur. Continue reading “We Love Coffeeneuring, Featuring the Ultimate Coffeeneur for Final Weekend Inspiration”

We Love Coffeeneuring: A Talk with Four-Time Coffeeneur John R. in #BikeDC

The final weekend of the Coffeeneuring Challenge approaches, and as part of the final week festivities I took the opportunity to chat with four-time challenge finisher John of #BikeDC.

You may know John from Twitter (@dirteng) or through his blog, Portajohn. John used concepts from the Coffeeneuring Challenge and created a beer and bikes challenge known as the Brewvet. (The Brewvet is a springtime challenge so you have plenty of time to practice up for it.)

A cyclist, coffeeneur, and explorer, John loves to combine bikes and coffee whenever he can (unless he’s opting for a craft beer instead). We recently talked about the appeal and expansion of the Coffeeneuring Challenge as well as other bikes ‘n coffee-related topics. Continue reading “We Love Coffeeneuring: A Talk with Four-Time Coffeeneur John R. in #BikeDC”

We Love Coffeeneuring: A Chat with Original Coffeeneur Vannevar in Pittsburgh, PA

The Coffeeneuring Challenge kicked off four years ago as a small affair with 12 finishers. Thanks to their efforts, word of mouth, and I’m not even sure what else, coffeeneuring is now an annual event that keeps expanding in popularity.

Some don’t know the history of coffeeneuring, and that’s okay. There are enough of us around to write the Wikipedia entry if and when that time comes, including Vannevar from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Vannevar, who writes the blog Type 2 Clydesdale Cyclist, has successfully completed the Coffeeneuring Challenge all four years. In today’s guest post, he shares his reflections about about coffeeneuring in Pittsburgh, the overall appeal and growth of this evolving annual fall tradition, and coffeeneuring as a form of bike advocacy. It’s great stuff. Thank you, Vannevar! Continue reading “We Love Coffeeneuring: A Chat with Original Coffeeneur Vannevar in Pittsburgh, PA”

Original Coffeeneurs: Where Are They Now?

Latte from The Coffee Bar

Yesterday someone asked me if I had numbers for those who have completed the Coffeeneuring Challenge three times, i.e., every year I have held the challenge.

Yes, I do, and it is the subject of this post. In its inaugural year, the Coffeeneuring Challenge boasted 12 official finishers. In year two, 65 people completed it and as I recently wrote, 125 coffeeneurs completed the challenge in 2013.

The 12 original coffeeneurs will always have a special place for me in this challenge because it was their participation as well as blog posts, tweets, and write-ups that kick-started this whole thing. I mean, you can’t have a very good challenge if no one is doing it.

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