Caffe Amouri

Coffeeneuring Ride 3

WHERE: Caffe Amouri [107 Church St NE, Vienna, VA 221801, (703) 938-1623]

WHEN: Saturday, 29 October 2016

WHAT I DRANK: Hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick

WHY GO: Friendly, community atmosphere and quality drinks. Convenient when passing through Vienna.

HOW FAR: 30.9 miles round trip (Strava link)

Wherein I go coffeeneuring with a non-coffee drinker again, and everyone has a great time!

Foreseeing a spectacularly warm and sunny day, Peter and I decided to goof around on the tandem bike.  This was a good call.

First stop at Bikenetic for a demo day of Pinion drive bikes, hosted by CycleMonkey.  We test rode commuter bikes, gravel bikes, and badass mountain bikes with internal gears and belt drives.  If one of them were to follow me home, my more-money-than-brains choice would have been the Ventana Wolfram 27.5+ hardtail mountain bike, which I’m pretty sure could take me anywhere I was willing to go.  As if I had any basis on which to judge mountain bikes?  Whatever, it felt like a ton of fun, and it sure came back from demo rides with a lot of smiles.

Couldn’t stay all day playing, because Peter had scheduled a business appointment to meet a professional photographer at the Labbe’s house to take some shots for his growing portfolio.  We rode to Pimmet Hills, and while others worked, Nelson and I caught up and I even got to meet their sweet and terribly shy cat Smokey.

From there we rode into Vienna, ate our snacks by the caboose, then walked over to Caffe Amouri to check off the coffeeneuring task.  Peter waited outside while I stood in line, finally producing a beautiful mug of steamed cider with a fresh cinnamon stick that we both shared.  Shame on me for never visiting this shop before.  On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon it was packed with people, each of them happy to wait for their individually made, beautifully presented espresso drink.

We wanted to stretch the day out as long as possible, but eventually we had to make our way back home.  But not without one more stop at Bikenetic to catch the tail end of the demo, pick up swag, and get a hug from Pete.



~ by pasadenagina on October 29, 2016.

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