FOREWORD: Back in May and into June, I had the pleasure of helping the crew at Angry Catfish for a couple of weeks as their summer season began to pick up. The following is a series of entries from a journal I kept during my time there. My hope is that through these vignettes you will get a glimpse of what it’s like to not only work at one of the most successful bike shops in the country, but be a bicycle salesperson and mechanic in the city of Minneappolis. Think of this as an extended shop visit, one where I get my hands dirty and experience the area and community the way those at Angry Catfish and other locals do. All photos are film, shot on 35mm and 120mm. Enjoy!
Illustration by Creep
Latigo Coffee is planning a weekend of fun camping in Kernville, California on the weekend of October 25th and they want you to come along. Enjoy some live music by the campfire on Saturday evening by Amelia & Rosy. Bring a bike, trail running shoes, or just some good vibes and register at Event Brite for the event!
Captain + “The Most” Stoker Coffee
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley
If you’ve been to the Sea Otter Classic in the last couple years, it’s very likely that you’ve been to Captain + Stoker Coffee. It’s become quite the staple for bicycle nerds making the annual pilgrimage to the event. I’d even say that Captain + Stoker has become a home base for many people attending the Classic. Hundreds of people meet there before and after rides, they host movie screenings and even live stream races in their beautifully converted service station.
It hasn’t been easy for Tyler Ellis and Kelsey Richmond the owners of Captain + Stoker to get to this point, but from what I’ve seen each time I’ve been there, I believe they’ve both found their calling.
Coffee and bikes. It’s a timeless pairing and one that Breadwinner Cycles, the Portland-based framebuilding operation, has embraced with their new cafe and shop. It’d been since 2015 when I got to visit their facilities, which at the time were in Tony Pereira’s house. Tony and Ira Ryan make up Breadwinner, along with some of their employees. Last year, Breadwinner opened their new shop and an adjacent cafe, along the bicycle expressway off North Williams. Since then, it’s become a hub for people meeting for group rides, or laptop-toting freelancers, and tourists like myself wanting to peek into the process that is making a Breadwinner.
When Mark from Latigo Coffee and I discussed the giveaway contest we ran last week here on the site, I added in two additional subscriptions, bringing it to a total of three lucky winners, which we’ve just announced:
Congrats and thanks to all who entered. If you’re interested in trying out Latigo Coffee, head to their website to read about their coffee subscriptions.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t operate without a good pot of coffee in the morning. That goes for work days and camping days. Over the past few months, I’ve really enjoyed the coffee our friends at Latigo Coffee are roasting. So much so that I wanted to offer some free coffee to the readers of this website. For free.
It’s a simple email sign-up form. Just enter your name and email below. The winner will be randomly selected from this list of new email subscribers. Winner would receive a free 3-month Gift Subscription (details at Latigo), for a total of 6x shipments. Brand new coffee every time – Latigo is sourcing + roasting + shipping every 2 weeks. Best of luck to you all and if you’re always looking for new coffee, I highly suggest checking out Latigo! Enter this giveaway below.
This takes the whole camp coffee and coffee outside thing to a whole new level!
“All The Places is a travel film series exploring our relationship with food, culture, sport and the environment. Each bikepacking trip maps out a new travel route through a region of global significance – whether it produces coffee, whiskey, music, tea, apparel, world class athletes, palm oil, or centenarians.
Colombia is world class in two things, coffee and cycling. In episode one, CocoraVelo, we look at these two important and very well-acquainted industries and as they converge in a symbiosis unlike anywhere else in the world.
This is the Napa Valley of coffee.”
Well… that’s one way to do it!
With some of the best coffee and best climbs in the world, Colombia is a gem, hidden in plain sight.
Coffee, friends and stoked faces. Thanks for the morning ride, guys! If you live in LA, and can make it out on a 2-4 hour ride each Friday morning, follow @GoldenSaddleCyclery for the meetup time and location each Thursday. The ride begins at Intelligentsia Coffee in Silver Lake and ends at Free Coffee Friday at Mission Workshop, to ensure you’re good and caffeinated all day.
We’ll see you at the All-City GSC Happy Hour Ride this afternoon. Enjoy the weekend!
I’d heard of Wheelys Cafe before, but never knew the backstory…
Golden Saddle and the Sleepers pulled together a great little video showcasing the weekly LA River Camp Coffee meetup. Interested in going? LARCC meets every Wednesday morning at Sunnynook River Park, starting at 7AM.
Yes, you should support your local bike, record and coffee shop forever and forever but that doesn’t mean you can’t help other small, independent shops grow at the same time. My (old) local coffee shop and friends at Flat Track Coffee have just launched a Kickstarter to help expand their Austin, Texas facilities into a complete roaster and expand their digs.
Backers get to choose between a bag of coffee, shirts or their new camp mugs… depending on how much you want to fork over. Personally, I’m digging the Scoundrels designs and classic camp coffee mugs…
Head over to the Flat Track Coffee Kickstarter to see more!
Stumptown has just launched their new site and it features all kinds of informative stuff. Like this video of Austin’s newest citizen Bo Thunell (@bojordan) breaking down the 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and et ceteras of Aero Press coffee. Now you would think that drinking coffee day in and day out would give Bo lazer beam focus? Well…. it doesn’t, and just like the rest of us, he day dreams from time to time. And in his case when he spaces out, he spaces out to an emerald green forest filled with loam and peppered with jumps. Not a bad way to space travel. When he is back on earth he makes a great cup of joe and in this video he can teach you to do the same.
… This reminds me, I need coffee!
Every Wednesday, a group of coffee enthusiasts wake up with the sun, pack their camping coffee setups on their bikes and meet in a small park on the LA river. There’s no requisite, just make coffee, chat and partake in the occasional donut.
Errin Vasquez organizes this gathering, which I first found out about on Instagram and this week, I got to hang out with this growing meeting at the Sunnynook River Park. Along with capturing the general vibes, I followed Jesse Carmody‘s brewing technique and shot photos of Errin’s Box Dog Bikes Pelican randonneur bike.
Mission Workshop at 541 Valencia is open!
They’ve cut through the back wall of their warehouse on Rondel alley and expanded to Valencia street, creating what can only be referred to as the Mission Workshop Industrial Complex in the heart of San Francisco.
Join the gang for #FreeCoffeeFriday provided by Bicycle Coffee starting 10AM, Nov. 7th.