We all lead busy lives. Between work, family, and trying to fit in our outdoor pursuits, weekends get filled up, Monday comes around and before you know it, it’s Friday…
Being busy is great, but occasionally we all need a reason to take a step back, break up the monotony of the weekly grind, meet some new people, and just slow down.
Two friends in Boulder, Colorado - Joshua Crane, owner of a small-batch coffee roasting company who makes local deliveries by bike and Brian DeGroodt, owner of Siren bikes - felt this need and decided that instead of just talking about it, the time had come to DO something about it. Coffee and bikes are a natural fit, so Community Coffee Project was born.
This small but growing group was inspired by a group out of Los Angeles that Brian and Josh had read about on a bike blog, The Radavist. Community Coffee Project meets near a small waterfall in a clearing off a bike path that runs through Boulder on the last Friday of every month. There is no agenda, other than to brew some coffee outside and socialize a bit before heading on to work. Favorite outdoor coffee brewing systems are deployed, coffee is brewed, and the only rule? NO SELLING.
“I’m not here to sell coffee, Brian’s not here to sell bikes. We just want people to share part of their morning routine,” said Josh. “We want people to get off the bike path and share something more meaningful than what type of tires or wheels they’re running."
Brian added, “As a community we’re united by outdoor activities, specifically solo outdoor sports. We don’t always get to know people beyond those micro groups. I’ve made a new friend every time we’ve done this."
The day I attended, topics discussed included sustainable agriculture, the true environmental impact of driving a Prius and of course, the best way to brew coffee outside. People discussed brewing techniques, setups, and shared part of their typical morning routine of making coffee.
“We just want to get a new community together under a positive tone.”
This group is open; anyone can come. It became apparent in my visit the goal is to get people out of their little groups and into one where they might connect with someone new.
So if you find yourself on the bike path in Boulder on the last Friday of the month, look for the waterfall (it’s due south of Boulder Brewing Company), stop by, have a cup, and some conversation.