25 November, 2015

Tea in the Trees (Coffeeneuring 2015 Finale)


The weather had finally got on board with the calendar, turning cold and wet like a dog’s nose. I had put off my last ride until I was faced with this, or nothing. It didn’t bother me too much though—I knew exactly where I would go.


While the Mrs. and I were in London we stopped into Fortnum & Mason, the self-described “most luxurious department store in the world”, a title I won’t contest. All sorts of fancy things to buy there, including a fairly generous selection of tea. Now, I’m pretty much a coffee guy, but I do like smoky teas from time to time, often as a substitute for scotch, when I still need to get things done. Browsing Fortnum’s selection, I saw they had a ‘Smoky Earl Grey’, so I picked up a box of it. It’s pretty good—not sure if it’s better than Lapsang, but I like it well enough. Anyway, that’s what I was brewing today.


A short ride on the Dahon, and an ever shorter walk into the woods, I arrived at the jumble of branches I‘ve adopted as a fortress of solitude. It isn’t much cover from the rain, especially this time of year when the leaves are on the wrong end of the trees, but it contributes to the effort of staying dry, and I can appreciate that. So there I sat on my log, heating water on the stove for the final drink to finish out coffeeneuring for 2015. I remember thinking last year about how I’d make this year bigger and better, but then I realized that’s not what matters. I’ve got a lot of years ahead to ride bicycles and drink coffee or tea, no need to up the ante so quickly. Besides, these small moments, waiting for your drink to cool and listening to the rain through the trees, are just as rewarding as anything.

- Bicyclist Abroad


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Coffeeneur Quick Stats:

Destination: The woods
Drink: Smoky Earl Grey
Date: Thursday, November 19th (Vacation Day Rule)
Distance: 4.6 km / 2.8 mi

Boys on Bikes (Coffeeneuring 2015 #6)

shadows over bicycle

[Another short entry before the coffeeneuring 2015 finale.] This ride was going to be with a friend of mine, but ended up being with him and his two boys, one in the child seat behind him, the other on a push-bike. This limited our range, but I had just rode 11 or so kilometers from my house to his, so I wasn’t concerned about the distance requirement. We decided to check out a café just a ways down the nearby bike path.


The bike path itself winds through a wildlife park, and we had the pleasure of seeing moose, boars, and deer on the way. Then, the path brought us right out in front of the place we were headed to: the Etzenrather Mühle. It looked like a charming café on the outside, but after going in, we realized it was a bit fancier than we thought. We felt a little out of place with two rambunctious kids sitting at candle-lit tables with high-end décor. Nevertheless, we were already committed, so we got a couple coffees and two hot cocoas for the boys.

kaffee tasse

The restaurant sits at an intersection of a couple bike paths, and at first I wasn’t sure exactly how you’d arrive in a car, so there’s definitely a sense of bike-friendliness to it. Additionally, there is ample bicycle parking and a nice outdoor seating area for when the weather is warmer. The Etzenrather Mühle (or mill in English) is someplace I’d like to ride to again. 

- Bicyclist Abroad


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Coffeeneur Quick Stats:

Destination: Etzenrather Mühle
Gangelt, DE
Date: Saturday, November 14th
Drink: Coffee
Distance: 13 km / 8 mi

24 November, 2015

Around Town: Coffeeneuring 2015 #4 & #5

Waldfeucht lomo

The following two jaunts were all basically within town, even though one is in Germany and the other is in the Netherlands. The first place is a local friterie (a place that serves croquettes and other fried items) and the other a relatively new pizzeria just down the way. On both occasions I ordered an espresso, mostly because of the convenience. If you order a “coffee” it could mean any number of things, but an espresso is usually always just that. Both establishments have on or near-premise bike racks, or in the case below, a giant cannibalistic bag of fries that will hold on to your bike for you.

cannibal frites

waldfeucht espresso

bei mimo espresso
















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Coffeeneur Quick Stats:

Location: Christianes Friterie & Café
Brabanterstr. 65
Waldfeucht, DE
Date: Sunday, November 8th
Drink: Espresso
Distance: 15 km / 9 mi


Location: Pizzeria Bei Mimo
Waldfeuchterbaan 108
Maria Hoop, NL
Date: Wednesday, November 11th
Drink: Espresso
Distance: 16 km / 10 mi
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