This post ran originally on the DistrictBean.
Back for a second year, the 2012 Coffee Bike Crawl is a caffeinated tour of some of DC finest coffee shops. Come along for stops at five great cafes and a low impact ride that’s open to all. The Coffee Bike Crawl kicks off at Qualia Coffee at 10 a.m., then heads to Flying Fish Coffee & Tea, Dolcezza Gelato, Blind Dog Cafe and Big Bear Cafe. There’s no cost to join, and RSVP isn’t mandatory, but you can let others know you’re attending by visiting the event’s Facebook page. (Check out the updated schedule and route.)
The inspiration for the ride came from co-organizer Elizabeth O’Connell on a visit to San Francisco, when she stumbled upon a group of 30 bikers at a cafe in the Tenderloin. Elizabeth says, “The crew explained to me they were biking together from one cafe to the next, and I thought, ‘We could totally do this in DC!’” She joined with friend and barista Laura Westman (Big Bear Cafe) and formed the innagural Coffee Bike Crawl in 2011 that attracted some 40 riders.
“People have asked ‘What’s the point of the ride? Is there a cause?’ The truth is, the point of the ride is to enjoy good coffee, good company and some fresh air,” said Elizabeth. “DC has some great, friendly neighborhood cafes that people may not know exist if they don’t have the chance to step outside or their normal routine.”
Coffee Bike Crawl Stops
Note: Here is a map with the updated route.
- Qualia Coffee (kick off at 10 a.m.) Petworth, 3917 Georgia Ave, NW.
- Flying Fish Coffee & Tea Mt. Pleasant, 3064 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW.
- Dolcezza Gelato Georgetown, 1560 Wisconsin Ave, NW.
- Blind Dog Cafe Shaw/U Street, 944 Florida Ave, NW.
- Big Bear Cafe Bloomingdale, 1700 First Street, NW.
Feel free to share event details with friends and neighbors. You can download the Coffee Bike Crawl flyer, or send your buds to www.districtbean.com/coffeebike. You can also contact event organizers with questions – Elizabeth O’Connell and Laura Westman. Official partners of the Coffee Bike Crawl include The Bike House and District Bean.