Ah, PDX Coffee Outside, I love you. Yet the last time I had participated in PDX Coffee Outside was the end of November. I had hoped to do one since then, but crappy weather through December and the Omicron surge through January (which cancelled the event) meant it didn’t happen. So I was happy when it came back around a couple weeks ago.
Saturday February 12 turned out to be a beautiful day–a cold start, but it warmed up, hitting 60F/16C by afternoon. The spot for Coffee Outside was South Waterfront Park, about a six mile (10 km) ride from home. There was a dozen or so folks there by the time I arrived, around 9:30. I parked by Brompton and got to work brewing.
The Brompton only has the one Carradice bag for capacity, so I wanted to keep the kit small. I brought the Esbit pot set, since it’s my “least fuss” way to boil water. And I actually used pre-ground pour over packs, since I had a few lingering in my kit. Not the nicest way to do coffee outside, but efficiency was the name of the game today.
After hanging out with cool folks for a couple hours, I decided to take a little ride. I wanted to do a little testing for my Old Libraries Ride (which is this Saturday!) so I headed south along the Willamette Greenway, then crossed the river at Sellwood Bridge and headed east along the Springwater Corridor. It was a warm and sunny day, but there was also a stiff east wind which I was keenly feeling on the Springwater. Heading north was a bit better, but the wind chill meant that shady areas felt a lot colder than expected. By the time I got home I had done 25 miles (40 km), a respectable day’s ride.
I really hope to be able to do more Coffee Outsides in the coming months. With nicer weather on the way, it’ll be fun!