Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Coffee Challenge...

19 days ago the coffee challenge was born. More specifically, the 30 coffeehouses in 30 days challenge. It began in Marble Falls at a coffeehouse called Numinous (it's in the top 5, so you know).

I wanted to see if I could sample coffee from 30 different coffee houses. I pretty quickly found out that there are only about 5 in the RGV. Of course, this didn't mean the challenge was over. It just meant I'd have to take a road trip.

Since day 1, I've been rating them in my head. I don't ask for much. All that I'd like is for them to have a sofa where I can kick it in and the option of having my cappuccino in a mug. I don't think that's asking too much.

Day 10 of the challenge my friend, Chris, and I decided to take a coffee road trip to SA/Austin to get some coffee sampling done and improve the chances of the challenge to succeed.

We arrived at SA at about noon and starting mapping our options. In order of attendance, they were:

 1. The White Elephant Coffee Co.
 2. Indy Coffee Club
 3. Bakery Lorraine
 4. Local Coffee at the Pearl
 5. Brown Coffee Co.

After a few hours, we were ready to make the short drive to Austin to see what they had to offer. We checked into our hotel and tried to rest for a couple hours before starting the caffeination again.

Again, only in order of attendance, they were:

 6. Houndstooth
 7. Juan Pelota
 8. Halcyon
 9. Medeci

By this time it was about 10pm, so we decided to call it a day.

The next morning we went for a quick run in Town Lake before we were ready to continue the challenge.

We attended the following that day:

 10. Fleet
 11. Tom's
 12. Figure 8
 13. La Patisseri
 14. Once Over
 15. Bouldin Creek Cafe
 16. Seventh Flag Coffee Co.
 17. Fairbean Coffee
 18. Summer Moon

I'm currently on coffee house number 27, so I've got 3 to go. Yes, I guess you can say I've got too much time on my hands. Too much time for coffee, if there's such a thing.

Once the challenge is over, I think I'll start rating and ranking them in the order I liked best.