Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Beachcomber Bayside

This review is for out-of-towners. If you live in Humboldt County and you ride a bike you've already discovered the two delightful Beachcomber coffee shop/cafes and maybe you're a regular, like me. If not, you now have another excuse to visit Humboldt County, California on your next bike tour. The two Beachcombers, 20 miles apart in Trinidad and Bayside, make tempting stops as you head down the coast. Heading UP the coast? It's going to be You vs. the Northern Pacific Trade Winds every single day all the way to Alaska.

Shouldn't you should pull into the nearest Beachcomber--both are very bike-friendly with multiple racks and parking options--and reconsider? Order lunch ("Beloved Bean Bowl"), an aromatic light blend coffee, (not burnt blend) and treat yourself to a freshly baked pastry. Then spread out your maps. To the the south is (was?) San Francisco. Have you really had enough of San Francisco? Do you really expect to find a better city to the north or in any other direction? Heading south the wind would be at your back, for a change.

There isn't a better Beachcomber; both have freshly made goodies every day served by a delightful all-female staff who totally get what a coffee house is all about: a place to hang, veg, study, eat, meet, surf and schmooze. In a word, this place has Gem├╝tlichkeit. It's not a place to rush through with a paper cup of luke warm instant Folgers. Nevertheless, the "no paper cups" policy initially provoked a brief chorus of whining from locals. It's amazing what folks won't give up to save the earth.

Anyway, you're going to love this place. And since it's a block from my house, you might see my Rans Stratus parked outside. There's plenty of space for you too on one of the nearby bike racks.

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