Coffeeneuring Challenge #3 – Coffee Coffee in Leucadia, CA

Week #3 – Coffee Coffee Friday, October 21

970 N Coast Highway 101,
Encinitas, CA 92024

jill-and-heather

Heather B and Jill T

This week we visited one of our old favorites for Friday Coffee Ride before it became an “official” institution – Coffee Coffee in Leucadia (formerly Cafe Ipe).  We have been avoiding this spot because it always seems like there isn’t enough room for a group to sit together, but as our luck would have it, there was plenty of room on Friday morning.  Toward the end of our stop, we were joined by a slew of cyclists at the end of the Challenged Athletes Foundation Million Dollar Challenge, where participants bike from northern California to southern California over the course of a week.  So we had the best of both worlds – plenty of seating for our group, and we got the chance to greet and congratulate the CAF participants on completing their challenge.

Total Mileage:  ~30 miles

Weather:  Mild Santa Ana Conditions – Temperature in the 80s, extremely low humidity

We had about 9 or 10 riders join us Friday morning, and Jill and I were snapping photos from both the front and back of the group.  We were delighted to be re-joined by Cliff, a regular to our coffee ride who recently returned from a 6-week stay in New Zealand.

cliff-on-bike

Cliff is always entertaining.

group-in-cardiff-from-front

Carmen, front left, was new to our group that morning. New riders (or new to our group) are especially welcome on Friday rides.

group-in-cardiff

The Cardiff-by-the-Sea coast is a beautiful stretch.

About Coffee Coffee:

There is a decent-sized bike rack out front, and plenty of space to lean bikes outside of the rack.  It’s a pretty big place, so unless you have a huge group, you should be able to find a seat.  I always enjoy their coffee, and my iced mocha was probably the best mocha I have ever had using a dairy milk alternative (coconut).  They sell donuts from the famous VG Donut & Bakery in Cardiff, and someone thought it was a good idea to buy a few for us all to share.  They also have decent breakfast and lunch food if you are looking for something a little more substantial, with many fresh items offered.

bikes

Our assortment of bikes, plus a bonus beach cruiser.

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food

Our ice mochas and the remains of the treats.  The darker treat at back is a gluten free almond-based baked good that is surprisingly delicious (it doesn’t look like much).

Coffee Coffee also usually has some pretty entertaining signage out front.

I am already looking forward to this Friday’s ride.  Coffee stop will be Baba Coffee in Carlsbad, following a trip to Oceanside Harbor.

 

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