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utilitaire 8.12: caffeinated

Everyone is going separate ways today, but my beloved and I managed to take a little time out to ride for coffee before he heads out of town later today.  Utilitaire checkpoint #2: coffeeneuring.  Once again a traverse through town on the Greenway, and for whatever reason, I am always compelled to stop on this bridge.  I want to start keeping a tally.  There are other bridges, other underpasses, other places I ride through and across as often, or more frequently, than this bridge… but I always consciously think about this location, this bridge, whenever I cross it.  I have no idea why.

As for coffee – I know that Starbucks often gets a bad rap.  Yeah, it’s not some trendy local roaster, I can’t get a latte with a picture created in the froth, but it’s really about the only game in town.  I tend to avoid the Inman Street Coffee House run by the Salvation Army, because I have a personal aversion to the big screen tv’s they have hanging on the walls playing Fox News, and I take issue with some of the national organization’s position statements.  Sorry, Tim (and the other kids who work there).  At Starbucks, I am always greeted with a smile and treated very well by the barristas I have come to know,  I’d rather listen to music than blaring tv’s,  I’ve made a few friends here (both cyclists and non-) and truthfully, they manage to make the best skinny vanilla latte in the neighborhood.  Not to mention, it’s a convenient ride off of the Greenway.

Rode back, no time for trip-chaining today unfortunately.  Time to get on with the other stuff.  Sigh.

coffee on the go

Posted by savaconta on February 25, 2012
  1. 02/25/2012

    I think I need a cup holder for Mongo. Where did you get that?

    • 02/26/2012

      Yes you do – it’s by Felt. I got it from my local shop. I think there are a couple others out there – PDW Bar-ista comes to mind, and I’ve also seen one by Electra. Put it on your list. 😉

  2. 02/25/2012

    People keep giving me Starbucks gift cards, so I keep visiting. I secretly like their coffee better than some local coffee shops. I am curious about the meaning of the “8.12” in this post’s title. I’ve been going with the 12.n format where n is the control number on the utilitaire card, and I’m not sure where 8.12 fits in.

    • 02/26/2012

      You are so correct on the numbering system. I am completely backwards, I know. I guess my mind just thinks “8 of 12” and I ended up typing it that way. I should go back and re-number/correct … but I am too lazy. I don’t get smart points, that’s for sure. Lol 😉

  3. 02/25/2012

    I always love to read about your adventures with Elisabetta.


    • 02/26/2012

      Thank you D. She is the perfect coffee companion. 😉

  4. 02/25/2012

    I love your coffee on the go pic. What a cool cup holder, on a cool bike, ridden by the coolest of people.

    • 02/26/2012

      Being a new reader,the bike pictured is probably known to others that have been here longer,but I have to say I LOVE the fork/rack design,lots 😀 I agree with the others,awesome “on the go” pic 🙂

      The DC

      • 02/26/2012

        Thank you …. I call this bike Elisabetta; she’s my bike path/city bike. The front rack is pretty handy. 🙂

    • 02/26/2012

      I am waiting to see your handlebar mounted fritter holder …

  5. 02/26/2012

    I like your embroidered coffee cup sleeve.

    • 02/26/2012

      Thank you – from Flapper Girl (PDX). 🙂

  6. 02/28/2012
    Tim Moore

    Do not worry Mama Yost. Liz and I dream of opening up our own coffeeshop in the future, without tv’s, a cozy atmosphere, and will do steamed milk art. We might even go green and offer a discount to people that traveled by bike. Totally came up with that idea on the spot.

    • 02/28/2012

      OK, my friend … I am counting on you here!! (And I definitely like the idea of a bike discount ;))

  7. 03/1/2012

    It’s a great coffee felt cup hand protector there! Congrats for being Freshly Pressed.

    Tailwinds in your cycling journeys! I’m riding the wind on my different bikes also…past 20 yrs. on a regular basis.

  8. 03/2/2012

    Hi, this might be odd but what brand/model is your helmet? I’ve been looking for an urban type with lots of holes and yours looks awesome. 🙂

    • 03/2/2012

      Thank you D – I really love this helmet, newly acquired. It’s called Reverb by Giro (their commuter model); very light & comfortable. Thanks for stopping by.

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