Sunday, November 16, 2014

Coffeeneuring Challenge 2014 Wrap-Up

I completed the 4th Annual Chasing Mailboxes Coffeeneuring Challenge! I made a summary table of my rides below.

A few numbers for my first time ever coffeeneuring: I visited 5 new (to me) coffee shop locations, in 4 different cities (if you count Bethesda separately), and even donated 1 book to a coffee shop exchange/library. In the process I acquired 2 new coffee mugs, knitted a pair of riding mitts and a matching headband/snood, rented a bike in a new city, rode a road bike for the first time (beyond going around the block, anyway), and got a great sense of the riding routes in DC's Northwest quadrant. ETA: I forgot to add--I fell off a bike for the first time too, but not when I was on the road bike, when I was on my Brompton!

The one thing I didn't really do this year, even though I had set it out as a pre-coffeeneuring goal for myself, was use my new camera to practice taking pictures. But I did get one photo I really liked during my rides, even if it was only from my phone:

From my first coffeeneuring ride: the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge

There's always next year!! Speaking of which, some preliminary goals for 2015's Coffeeneuring Challenge: expand to coffee shops beyond NW DC (though that was mostly accidental on my part); incorporate other routes from Upper NW like Beach Dr., the Capital Crescent Trail all the way around down to Georgetown, or the Georgetown Branch Trail up into Silver Spring. By then my Betty will be built up, so maybe the coffeeneuring rides will also become longer-distance recreational rides as well (though I'll always be a transportation rider at heart!).

Coffeeneuring Challenge 2014 Ride Table

No. Date Coffee Shop City Total Miles Photo Verification
Sat. 10/4 Tryst CoffeeWashington, DC 6.98
Sun. 10/5 Baked & Wired Washington, DC 8.78
Sat. 10/19 Brickyard Coffee & Tea San Diego, CA ~5.5
Sat. 11/1 Peregrine Espresso Washington, DC 7.1
Sun. 11/2 Dolcezza Bethesda, MD 6.2
Tue. 11/11 Veterans Day 61C Cafe Pittsburgh, PA 3.3
Sat. 11/15 Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar Washington, DC ~4.5

Coffeeneuring Ride No. 7: Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar (14th St. NW location, Washington, DC)

Where: Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar
  • Address: 726 20th St. NW, Washington, DC
  • Website:
  • Bike friendliness: They have a coffee pot- and coffee cup-shaped bike racks! In orange!! 
  • Other notable information: Filter is about a block away from Looped Yarn Works; always excited to have a coffee shop and a yarn shop in such close vicinity

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Drink: Cappuccino

Total Mileage: ~4.5 miles total (2.1 miles Home to Filter)

Photo Verification:
I normally wouldn't drink a cappuccino so late in the day,
but it was just too hard to resist

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Coffeeneuring Ride No. 6: 61C Cafe (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where: 61C Cafe
  • Address: 1839 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
  • Website:
  • Bike friendliness: Bike racks all along Murray; if you're willing to park on the other side of Forbes, there's a bike corral and squirrel (hill) racks
  • Other notable information: 61C is named for the bus route that passes by the cafe. They recently opened a sister cafe, 61B, also named for its accompanying bus route. Both only take cash.

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (Veterans Day Rule)

Drink: Hot chocolate

Total Mileage: 3.3 miles overall (
1.7 miles Home to 61C)

Photo Verification:
Hot chocolate for me, chamomile for D

Monday, November 3, 2014

Coffeeneuring Ride No. 5: Dolcezza (Bethesda, MD location)

Where: Dolcezza
  • Address: 7111 Bethesda Ln., Bethesda, MD
  • Website:
  • Bike friendliness: Bike racks along Bethesda Row; store is small and crowded, but maybe a table towards the rear would accommodate a folding bike
  • Other notable information: Dolcezza has Stumptown Stubby on the menu; I didn't know what it was, but apparently it's bottled cold brew coffee. 

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014

Drink: Latte

Total Mileage: 6.2 miles overall (3.1 miles Home to Dolcezza)

Photo Verification:
I have a theory that committed Italian gelato and pizza places
by extension should have good coffee

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Coffeeneuring Ride No. 4: Peregrine Espresso (14th St. NW location, Washington, DC)

Where: Peregrine Espresso
  • Address: 1718 14th St. NW, Washington DC
  • Website:
  • Bike friendliness: Lots of bike racks in nearby and in vicinity; not much seating and very busy, but if you can score one of the tables in the windows there's enough room for a folding bike without people tripping on it.
  • Other notable information: The food options are mostly pastry, and what I had was delicious--Earl Grey and cherry scone! Also, they only sell travel mugs, not regular ceramic ones.

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014

Drink: Mocha 

Total Mileage: 7.1 miles overall (5.3 miles Home to Peregrine Espresso)

Photo Verification:
The mocha formerly had a lovely heart in the foam,
but I couldn't resist a sip before I took the photo