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Coffee Drinkers’ Guide to the Amgen Tour of California, Vol. 2

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Welcome to the Coffee Drinker’s Guide to the Amgen Tour of California.

This is the second annual Guide, which is to say, we’ve reached the terrible twos, screaming and teething and drooling all over the joint. If this is your first time, don’t worry. Everything will be just fine. Also, you can find last year’s edition at Paved, may it live forever in our espresso-blackened hearts.

So you’re going to the Amgen Tour of California and you like coffee. You are totally in the right place. We’re going to tell you where to get your fix at every stop on the race. That’s it. It’s all so terribly simple.

This year’s race begins in Sacramento on Sunday, 5 May and finishes in Thousand Oaks on Sunday, 18 May. That’s a whole lot of coffee right there.

Stage 1: Sacramento

“Love what you do. Life is short, so celebrate it!” The people at Old Soul sound like our kind of people. They roast coffee and make bread in a wherehouse in Sacramento. We could not confirm the existence of a La Marzocco, the sure sign of good coffee. But there is a photo of their roaster, which is a very good start. The building has bricks. This is also promising. Life is risk, but we’re feeling pretty good about this one. Go to Old Soul, drink all their coffee.

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ristretto, please.

So I’m riding to the coffee shop because I really need an espresso. Like, I just can’t go on without one need an espresso. I hop on my townie, which is a blue 1956 Schwinn Tornado. It’s vintage. It has rust spots and everything. I’m rolling along the block along the courthouse almost to the coffeeshop. It’s so close now, I can almost taste the espresso. And a man rides up next to me, and he says, you know, if you raised your seat, you could get a lot more power on that bike. And I look at him, and I don’t even know what to say. Because I need more power to get to the coffee shop. I really need that. On my 1956 Schwinn. Power, that’s so totally what I need.