|Coffee with a view.|
What a gorgeous morning—too gorgeous to be indoors for today's coffeeneuring bike ride. I packed a few items in my basket, ready to take advantage of the Coffee Shop Without Walls option.
I chose North Beach as my destination. This time of year the beach is closed to automobiles so visitors are few. Since it's near the lake, I didn't know how ferocious the wind might be and whether I'd huddle behind the pavilion to use my stove. It's providence though. The lake is like glass. I push my bike through deep sand and wedge the kickstand on a stick. I cover the sand with a Malaysian piece of cloth, unpack the coffeeneuring goodies, and prepare to fill the pot with water.
|For a 50F morning, it was downright hot on the sand. I removed my coat.|
I walk to the nearby pavilion. Bathrooms are closed and drinking fountains are turned off. Packing up and leaving, retreating to a less beautiful spot near water is unappealing. But, there is all this open water in front of me, and before I over think the sanitary conditions, I dip my pot into unusually clear lake water and start heating it for coffee. I boil the water for more than five minutes. This is the best I can do to kill germs.
I dump in all the milk because the coffee looks pretty strong.
Ahhh! It's very tasty and quite perfect. I like a strong, dark blend of beans. I'm not usually fond of decaf coffee but this Fair Trade DCF Espresso is winning me over.
It's a lovely morning to contemplate the sky, watch sailboats. And enjoy a cuppa. I hope there are more opportunities to explore through this Coffee Shop Without Walls phenomena.
...then pack up and go.
First Cup. Third Cup, Fourth Cup, Fifth Cup, Sixth Cup, Seventh Cup
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