I've always admired the ingenuity of folks who inject coffee into their bike rides. How I envied those like pondero and graveldoc who pedal to quiet spots, set up a small camp, brew a cup of joe, and enjoy a relaxing bike break.
When my husband acquired a silicone coffee dripper and backpacking stove from a friend I seized my opportunity! I borrowed the brew up tools numerous times over the past months and practiced my pour over skills in the comforts of the kitchen. Next it was getting comfortable using the backpacking stove. This was also done at home outside on the deck. Having gotten the techniques down (it's not hard but it sure is fun!) it was time to put my new skills to work outside.
With a backpack filled with the necessities (and a snack of course) I met my sister for a snowshoe outing. We traipsed around enjoying the fantastic scenery and found a perfect brewup spot. A fallen tree did the job keeping the gear out of the snow. The nearby lake provided a beautiful view to take in while enjoying our coffee.
There was something exciting and yet difficult to describe about being surrounded by trees and snow while brewing the coffee. The aromas seemed more pungent and the coffee tasted even better than it had at home.
I'm looking forward to injecting coffee into my own bike rides and joining ranks with the "pros" of the outdoor pour overs and presses.
Time to scout out coffee outside locations along the bike trails!
Happy (Caffeinated) Riding!