Week #3 – Coffee Coffee Friday, October 21
970 N Coast Highway 101,
Encinitas, CA 92024
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.
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.
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.