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Espresso! 5 interesting things about coffee!

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Drinking Coffee at boutique cafés and Bike Riding. Both of these activities are experiencing massive growth in Australia and for good reason. They are AWESOME things to do with your time and share with friends.

I do like a good coffee, some harsh riding mates even suggest I only ride for the coffee! It is true, my favourite cafe hits are always at or near the end of a ride with the bunch I’ve been sharing the road with. Chat flows freely, the endorphin flow is heightened after exercise and accelerated with caffeine. All is good with your world at that time.

My exhaustive research however (I’m usually exhausted at the cafe) suggests the mandatory cafe stop is mainly an english speaking world institution. The French rarely stop mid or post ride for an espresso hit, preferring a pre ride kick. The Italians seem pretty keen, but it depends on the time of day. The Scandinavians, Germans and the rest of the Europeans, love their coffees, but not necessarily with their riding.

Am I blowing coffee’s position all out of proportion? I don’t think so. People’s holidays stories are littered with poignant coffee related memories. Preferences of a countries coffee style are debated with passion. No one has ever retold the story of the pleasure sitting in a European cafe over a glass of water. Ever had someone invite you to their favourite cafe for a soft drink? Didn’t think so!

So I thought lets put an interesting little “I’m not sure I knew that” list together about coffee!

  1. It’s thought the coffee bean was first discovered by crazy goats! (co-incidentally, a “Mountain Goat” in cycling parlance is someone who rides up hill well, so there is your historical coffee/riding link) Even crazier than the goats, was the Ethiopian farmer who obviously thought, “good for the goat, good enough for me, lets give that a try!”
  2. Lots of good stories abound for potential health benefits for coffee lovers. Liver health, guards against gout, good for the heart. So these are all really cool reasons that aid in making you be able to ride heaps longer.
  3. A coffee tree can live for 200 years! That is a lot of love right there. There are two strains, Arabica and Robusta and harvesting is usually only once a year.
  4. The cat poo coffee from the Asian Palm Civet used to have the animal poo coffee market cornered. It now has competition in the form of Elephant’s at a reserve in Thailand, the type being called Black Ivory. Hmmm.
  5. Keep the world we love riding on alive! Take the coffee grounds and mix them with the soil. You can produce a healthy fertilizer and/or compost for your home garden that worms love. And, a healthy garden loves worms.

 

So there you have it, 5 little coffee facts you may not have known about….I didn’t. So next time you are sitting at a cafe with friends after a ride, raise a cup to the good Ethiopian Shepard!

Do you have more coffee facts? Please feel free to share them

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Recently returned from attending the October ’19 Pyrenees Challenge cycling trip with VeloRoo. The entire experience far exceeded my expectations and turned out to be the trip of lifetime.

The scheduled rides (Tourmalet, D’Espagne, Aubisque, Solour, Tentes, Luz Ardiden) were well planned, well supported and unbelievably picturesque. Steve and Neil were great, safety-conscious guides who knew the terrain and local coffee shops/restaurants very well allowing us to focus on the climbing and taking in the beautiful landscape along the routes. Steve’s friendly and funny disposition, along with his underrated singing talents 😊, kept the tone of each ride refreshingly light and non-competitive as did the occasional picture and refueling stop.

The hired bike was relatively new and well maintained with appropriate gearing and brakes for the steep terrain. Supplied kit and helmet were of high quality also. Our accommodations in Luz St. Sauveur were very comfortable and conveniently located in close proximity to local restaurants, pubs, shopping and of course iconic climbs (Tourmalet Km 0 was a two minute walk from our hotel). Meals at local restaurants were very good-excellent and had several pre-selected menu options that usually featured three courses and included wine.
At our trip’s conclusion Julia and Steve distributed pics and thoughtfully edited videos of each of our cycling days which are awesome keepsakes and memories. These memories, and the friends gained, made this trip exceptionally satisfying. I am already looking forward to my next cycling holiday with Steve, Neil and Julia and highly recommend VeloRoo to any serious cycling enthusiast who is looking for a friendly, well organized and reasonably priced trip.Took Pyrénées Iconic Climbs Challenge in Oct 2019
First I have to apologize for talking so long to write my review, especially since my wife and I had an amazing time. Steve, Julia and Neal are awesome. If you ride with VeloRoo you will have a fantastic experience period! I quickly told my cycling buddies back at home. In fact, one of my buddies rode the Pyrenees in Autumn of 2019 (see Dale's review) and said it was trip of a lifetime.

My wife and I did the July Pyreness/South of France tour. From a cycling standpoint, we are at completely different levels. I ride close to 6000 miles a year and love climbing. My wife is new to cycling and was just starting to use clip in pedals about 5 months before our trip. That said, Veloroo is able to accommodate the ride for everyone. They make the rides flexible for the riders. For example, instead of riding the entire Col de Tourmalet, Veloroo drove my wife and several riders up halfway and they were able to ride the rest to the summit. On any given day, you can ride as much as you want or at any time take a nice break.

We were very fortunate to ride with a group of riders primarily from Australia. And close friendships were quickly made during the trip and remain afterward.

A couple of shoutouts....

Julie, thank you for making things run so smoothly. I know it requires a lot of preparation and attention to detail. You did a marvelous job and are awesome. Steve is a lucky guy to have you.

Steve, your positive attitude, sense of humor, and passion really made our trip. I appreciate all of the help you did with my wife. She really appreciated it as well and is even more motivated to get more climbing under her belt.

Neal, we really appreciated all of your help and tips. We love all of your great stories and insight. Most of all you are one of the nicest guys you could meet.

VeloRoo really does treat you like family and you become part of their extended family after you ride with them.

Cycling to me is a passion and is potentially something that my wife and I can share doing together. After this trip, my wife has gotten the cycling bug and has already started planning for local rides that we can do together. I consider that a success.

Thank you VeloRoo!Took Pyrénées Iconic Climbs Challenge in July 2019