Wonderful fall mornings usually turn into wonderful fall days, though the initial chill requires a little bit of acclimation – or a cup of coffee.
After successfully completing the 2011 inaugural Coffeeneur Challenge, my aim for this year is a little lower (this fall is busy!) so time will tell how well I can do. After two weeks I’ve hit three controls – leaving an average of 1 control per weekend necessary. This weekend will include a trip to Chicago and a transfer of my first batch of home brew from primary to secondary fermenters. So there may not be much time for coffee (alas it is not a coffee stout)
John Roche (@dirteng) October 14, 2012
Without further ado, my first three controls:
Control #1: Hardee’s
When: October 6, 2012
Where: Salisbury, MD
What: Small black drip coffee
Miles: 2.45 miles
Factoid: This Hardee’s is at the starting area of the Sea Gull Century, so it was an easily bagged control. I was dropped a few miles from the starting area, hit up some coffee, then continued to explore around Salisbury for a few more blocks. Skirting the line of being associated with an organized event, but there was bike riding before and after the start, and by the logic outline in Section 188.8.131.52 of the Coffeeneuring bylaws, I interpret this as a success. Also good to note, Sea Gull riders ought to buy something if using the bathrooms in this establishment before the ride.
Control #2: SOVA Espresso and Wine Bar
When: October 13, 2012
Where: 1359 H Street NE
What: “Double” Espresso, smuggled baked goods from farmers market.
Miles: 2.06 miles
Factoid: Sova is an interesting place – be sure to visit the very large upstairs lounge if the seating on the lower level is too crowded/loud/filled with toddlers. Another good tip is to not order a double espresso – they are always the same as a single espresso (at least for me). On occasion they have these wonderful cubes of crystal clear ice that take like 6 days to melt – so if iced coffee is your thing, hope they have those!
Control #3: Lot 38 Espresso Bar
When: October 14, 2012
Where: 1001 2nd Street SE
What: Double Espresso and reading material for work.
Miles: 4.36 miles
Factoid: Lot 38 is somewhat unassuming, but a neat find in the Navy Yard area of DC. Seating is all upstairs, where you get a great view of a park under construction (and eye in the sky protection for your bike you locked up out front). The product is illy, so thats nice. Wi-fi is free as well, another perk. Lastly, if you are a transportation wonk – USDOT is right across the street – maybe you’ll bump into some policy makers (woohoo!).