When: Sun., April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 2014
It’s hard to think of two things the Bay Area loves more than coffee and biking, so it’s not surprising that someone — or, in this case, some people — decided to combine the two. The Coffee Ride began three years ago in San Francisco when Oakland residents Jenny Oh Hatfield and Pamela Palma led a crowd of about fifty bikers on a tour of some of their favorite cafes. For their second ride, in 2012, they took the tour to the East Bay, and thereafter decided to alternate between the two sides of the bay. The fourth tour will begin at Bicycle Coffee (364 2nd St., Oakland), and then heads to Vines Cafe and Gallery (1113 Lincoln Ave., Alameda), Blue Bottle Coffee (4270 Broadway, Oakland), The CRO Cafe (470 49th St., Oakland), and Alchemy Collective Cafe (3140 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley). Each stop will be about fifteen minutes long, and the thirty-mile ride will take about five hours total. The tour also serves as a fundraiser for Bike East Bay (formerly known as the East Bay Bicycle Coalition); executive director Renee Rivera will give a short talk on the organization before the ride begins. By the end of the tour, you should be caffeinated enough to do another thirty miles.