Sustainable Style: Bicycle Coffee Co.
In the five-and-a-half years I spent in California, I went to San Francisco once (I know, right?). But even that brief trip was enough for me to fall in love with the Bay Area. It has such a different feel than Southern California, and since I'm not much of a beach bunny, oftentimes I'd wish we lived up north, where there are redwood forests and snow-capped mountains. I also loved how "local" everyone and everything seemed to be. Not that Santa Monica doesn't have some of that, but it's not as...rugged, for lack of a better word, even more honest, I think.
But enough of my social diatribe, you're here for some coffee, right? Well, if you happen to live in the Bay Area, I've got the perfect one for you: Bicycle Coffee Co. You can take that name quite literally, because it's what they do; they roast coffee (fair trade, mind you), then deliver it by bicycle to San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland.
Started in 2009 by three brothers, a cousin and a family friend, Bicycle almost didn't happen; originally, the group was going to set up camp in the rain forests of Central America, but after spending some time there sipping cups of joe with the local farmers, they realized they needed to bring those beans to the Bay Area, where they built a small roaster and their company was born.
Their beans change with the seasons but, according to their website, they always have a medium, dark and decaf roast available. Right now their medium roast is Nicaraguan, the dark is from the Chiapas region in Mexico, and the decaf is a water-processed Peruvian bean.
You can, of course, find their beans in cafes, markets, hotels and restaurants all over the area, but wouldn't it taste so much better to have it delivered by bicycle? Oh, come on, do it for me. :)
To learn more about the company, check out the video above from Generation Journey of Action, then be sure to visit its website, follow it on Twitter and and like it on Facebook.