It’s that time of year again where all you loyal coffee stop go-ers can show some appreciation to your much loved baristas by nominating them as Cyclist’s Coffee Stop of the Year 2016 fuelled by CLIF BAR.
INTRODUCING OUR TOP 10 FINALISTS..
- Bay Ten Espresso, Lavender Bay, NSW
While it may be young in years, Bay Ten has garnered a loyal list of Sydney cyclists. Housed in a large, industrial warehouse space and sharing its home with The Body Mechanic, Bay Ten is the last point on the bike lane before you cross the Harbour Bridge. High ceilings and a massive open-plan layout mean there’s plenty of room to spread out on tables and rack your bikes safely. But let’s not forgot about the coffee. White Horse Roasters supplies the beans that make up the Black Magic blend that’s sold only at Bay Ten. Whether it’s cold drip, espresso or cold brew you want, Bay Ten serves it.
- Jaxx Espresso, Ellenbrook, WA
Good things do come in small packages, it would seem. Jaxx Espresso’s breakfast menu is small yet deliciously crafted – you can’t go wrong with the scrambled eggs and avocado or smoked salmon and poached breakfast to help you refuel after a morning ride. Meanwhile, one area in which the team at Jaxx hasn’t scaled back is the coffee menu. It has everything from its signature Jaxx Iced Coffee to the classic affogato and doppio. ‘Every customer should be walking out thinking its the best coffee they have ever had in their life,’ owner Jack Ongarezos says.
- MySweetopia, Brisbane, QLD
If cakes and home-baked goods are what fuels you, MySweetopia is your new best friend. The fruit and nut toast, served heavy with cinnamon, has become a MySweetopia signature. But it’s more than just cake that has cyclists coming back. ‘One day as a treat we drew a bike on a cyclist’s coffee with chocolate syrup,’ owner Irene Lee says. ‘Now our customers ask for names, bikes, special messages and pictures drawn on their coffees on a daily basis.’ It’s the perfect touch to help get you back on the road.
- BarCycle, Walsh Bay, NSW
The combination of bikes, ocean views, coffee and an old-school cycling pro are just a few of the reasons our 2013 winner has made the list again. Former Italian pro cyclist Albert Talone sits behind the espresso machine and is ready for a chat with anyone. ‘My wife and I have always loved food. She also happens to be an amazing cook, so it just fit that we opened a cycle cafe,’ he says. When Talone isn’t behind the espresso machine, you’ll find him in the adjoining Bike Bug store working on and servicing custom bikes. Beautiful food, coffee and people – this is definitely a place to relax and enjoy life.
- Honour Espresso, 1/327 Honour Ave, Graceville, QLD
At Honour Espresso, it’s all about the lycra. With outdoor dining and plenty of space to spread out, this local coffee joint outside Brisbane has become a sanctuary for any cyclists riding around the city. And, like music to a cyclist’s ears, Honour Espresso is open from 6am dishing out popular breakfast specials like ricotta, walnut and honey on toast, or peanut butter cookies to accompany an always-perfect cup of joe. At Honour Espresso, it’s about creating a homely feel – the setting is comfortable and the menu specialises in home-style sweet treats.
- Mad Cowes Cafe and Foodstore, Phillip Island, VIC
There are few cafes on our list that can match Mad Cowes’ stunning location. Set on the Esplanade of Cowes, Phillip Island, it’s surrounded by ocean views, which is why it has become such a hit with cyclists. All the breakfast staples are here along with some of their own concoctions like the coconut and chia pudding and MadCowes Hash, with most ingredients sourced locally. There isn’t much the baristas here can’t do – always a great trait to possess when dozens of cyclists roll in every morning clamouring for their fix.
- Bay Merchants, Albany, WA
When you see dozens of cyclists lining the street at 6:30am sipping espressos and chowing on homemade pastries, you know you’ve found a hit. Bay Merchants on Middleton Beach are the sponsors of the Albany Cycle Club, so they know a thing or two about feeding a hurting cyclist after a morning roll. Every day the in-house bakers are pumping out fresh bread and pastries that go hand-in-hand with their gourmet sandwiches and deli, making it a great pit stop at any time of the day.
- Bogota Coffee, Mascot, NSW
It’s all about the coffee here, and Bogota has you spoiled for choice. With over a dozen specialty blends from countries like Costa Rica, Brazil, New Guinea, Ethiopia and, of course, Colombia, it’s clear this family-run cafe specialises in fuelling cyclists. Forty years in the coffee roasting industry has earned Bogota recognition from many cyclists who call this quaint cafe their local pit stop. Meanwhile, when it comes to food, the hearty cafe favourites will help you hit the streets for another session.
- The Hub Espresso Bar and Eatery, 52 Keppel St, Bathurst, NSW
Regional Australia isn’t just home to some of the country’s most beautiful rolling rides – there are also plenty of cafes scattered through country Bathurst that local cyclists call their own. With its beautiful leaf-dappled outdoor al fresco dining space, The Hub is the perfect refuelling station when hitting this countryside ride. The relaxed, open space represents everything a good country cycling cafe should, and its strong community keeps local riders coming back daily. Its popular locally sourced menu and excellent Fish River Roasters beans also mean you won’t leave disappointed after a feed and a top-notch drop.
- Diggies, Wollongong, NSW
For the last 10 years Diggies has been the heart and soul of North Wollongong. This iconic cafe has made its home in a heritage-listed building and is one of the only cafes situated directly on the beach in Wollongong. Its open windows overlook North Wollongong beach, and it buzzes all day from 6:30am. Joggers, surfers and, of course, cyclists see Diggies as a social hub to catch up, eat and smash a few early morning coffees. With the ocean on one side and the Wollongong cycling path on the other, there’s no wonder it has become so popular with cyclists.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
We’ve got a bunch of sweet prizes to giveaway thanks to CLIF BAR and our prize partners. By simply voting for one of the top-ten finalists listed above you could be the lucky owner of one of the below prizes.
PROFILE DESIGN 38/TWENTY FOUR WHEELSET
CFD and wind-tunnel designed and tested, the Twenty Four series of carbon clincher wheels from Profile Design are built to deliver the perfect balance of speed, ride ability and weight. The 38s, designed with a 24mm wide braking track – for greater control in all conditions – feature outstanding braking performance thanks to the heat-resistant design and specific pad compound. Built around proprietary hubs and laced to renowned Sapim CX Ray spokes, the lightweight 1,465g (front and rear) package is all you’ll need – year round.
BREVILLE ORACLE COFFEE MACHINE
You get the best of both worlds with Breville’s the Oracle. Until now you’ve been asked to choose between a manual or automatic espresso machine; the Oracle is the world’s first automatic manual espresso machine with automatic grinding, dosing, tampering and milk texturing, eliminating the most difficult parts of manual espresso. On top of making your morning cafe-quality coffee as easy to whip up as a cup of instant, the Oracle also features an Over Pressure Valve which limits the maximum pressure throughout extraction, preventing any of the nasty, bitter flavours you’ll get from an over-extracted shot and ensuring every shot of coffee is perfect.
S’COOL RAX 20”
It shouldn’t just be mum or dad that get to enjoy high-end performance when out on the road. Thanks to the folks at S’COOL (pronounced ’Skool’), your six-year-old son or daughter will be given every chance to crush their friends in the hills (and you) with one of the lightest 20” production kids’ road bikes on the market, coming in at a cool 7.8kg. Fitted with all the trimmings including a Shimano Sora groupset, this race-ready weapon is, of course, UCI-approved!
BONT VAYPOR S – CUSTOM MYBONTS (WIN ONE OF TWO PAIRS)
Value: $679 (available soon)
Designed for high-performing athletes who demand speed and comfort – or those who like to kick the leg up when enjoying a ‘skinny flat’ – the Vaypor S is Bont’s flagship offering. Two winners will be the talk of their bunch thanks to the custom colour options available through the MyBonts program.
CAPO CUSTOM – CYCLIST KIT
Designed by our loyal readers and manufactured by Capo Cycling, the Italian-made Super Corsa series features a blend of performance materials, race-inspired construction and a fit that is designed for all-day comfort. Even better, it comes resplendent with Cyclist Australia/NZ livery.
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