Unlike the previous round, this year’s coffeeneuring expeditions have been generally sedate and about as close to home as I can get without going under the mileage limit. This is due in part to doing almost all of them with my lovely wife, who does not do silly things like ride 80 miles for a cup of coffee. But it’s also due to the fact that I live in Madison, WI–home to an embarrassingly rich number of good-to-great coffee purveyors.
Here’s my list, in order of completion:
- October 6: Batch Bakehouse (2.6 miles, on the way to the Sunday group-ride). Brewed coffee from Intelligentsia and savory pastry.
- October 13: Victory Cafe (2.6 miles round-trip). Espresso–some of the best in town.
- October 19: EVP Coffee (6.2 miles round-trip). Americano, consumed outside on the patio.
- October 20: Cargo Coffee (7.3 miles one-way, as part of the Tour de Taco). Espresso, as a welcome break from eating one taco after another.
- November 2: Ironworks Cafe (3.0 miles round-trip). Brewed coffee from Just Coffee followed by pulled pork and sweet potato fries for lunch.
- November 3: Coffee Outside on the BST (~50 miles round-trip). Pour-over coffee using fresh-ground EVP beans, brewed on the spot, by me.
- November 9: Mermaid Cafe (4.6 miles round-trip). Espresso. Also the pick-up location of our Driftless Organics CSA box.
- November 10: Crema Cafe (3.0 miles round-trip). Brewed coffee from Colectivo and a salmon and goat cheese scramble for breakfast.
- November 16: Johnson Public House (8.2 miles round-trip). Las Aguasaltas (Guatemala) espresso, on the way home from an acupuncture.
And I should point out that my wife deserves honorable mention this year: she made it to six of the nine stops this year.