The Ultimate Coffee Road Trip Across the United States.
This week: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Editor’s note: We began publishing reports from Don Niemyer about the cafes he visited on his cross-country coffee tour back in the summer of 2013, and we’ve loved following his journey, learning about amazing coffeehouses out there in the United States, ever since. We’ll be publishing reports from Don about his recent journey around the Central and Northern states every Saturday this fall. To catch up on Don’s earlier posts about his explorations of coffee culture throughout the Western United States, click HERE. Following are links to Don’s posts from this current Saturday Series:
Part 1: Oregon to Amarillo, Texas
Part 2: Oklahoma to South Dakota
Part 3: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Part 4: Wisconsin to Michigan
Part 5: Chicago, Illinois
Part 6: Indiana to Washington, D.C.
Part 7: Virginia to Florida
Special Edition: The Big Central Coffee Competitions in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Part 8: Maryland to Pennsylvania
Part 9: Delaware to Rhode Island
Part 10: Massachusetts to Maine
Part 11: Vermont
We hope you continue to enjoy Don’s reports as much as we do!
By Don Niemyer
SPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE
And now, for your morbid reminder of the week: You’re dying.
We’re all doing it ”dying, that is. Maybe sooner, maybe later. But none of us escape it, and as such, it’s very important to have a bucket list. You know, stuff to get done before you kick the bucket. I’ve got a few on my list that are still waiting. I’d like to take up ostrich riding, float the Amazon river on my back, and like most people, I hope to get around to jumping from an airplane at 30,000 feet. But thanks to the Rialta Coffee Tour, one thing on my bucket list has been checked off!:Seeing the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh!
So as we headed into Pittsburgh with coffee and football on our minds, we already knew of the Steel City’s reputation for having great football. That piece of the experience was really great, and you can read all about it here [http://www.donniemyer.com/were-doing-this/2014/11/5/steelers-ravens ] if you want. What we didn’t know was how the coffee scene would shake out. Turns out, we had nothing to fear. Pittsburgh has more Super Bowl trophies than any other NFL team (6), and they hold their own in the coffee scene, as well. If you’re not familiar, allow me to introduce you to just a few of the all-stars on team Pittsburgh!
As we pointed the Rialta out of town and headed for the hills, our hearts were full of satisfaction from the Steelers victory, and our bellies were full of great Pittsburgh coffee. We spent about a week exploring the Steel City, and felt that there was still plenty left to get to, but there were other destinations awaiting so we had to move on. Next week we’re heading to Tennessee, hitting a few shops along the way, and we’ll have that report for you right here next Saturday, so be sure to check back! Until then, follow us at our social media sites, or at DonNiemyer.com. See you soon!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Don Niemyer used to own three coffee shops in Portland, Ore., where he and his wife Carissa spent 8 years immersed in the excellent coffee culture there, milking it like a dairy cow for every drop of expertise it would give them, making lots of friends, doing some USBC judging, and learning all they could. One day, they decided to move their kids closer to family, so they bought a tiny RV, moved into it, and have been œmoving to Colorado ever since, visiting coffee shops, practicing minimalism, and having lots of fun. That was over two years ago. One of these days, they might even end up living in Colorado.