4. Stumptown coffee is at the core of the cafe. Can you give me the run down on these guys, and what makes them unique?
Juan Pelota Café was the first café in Austin to start serving Stumptown Coffee, and we’re super proud of that. They started out as a single roastery in Portland, Oregon and have since opened roasteries in LA and NYC. We serve it exclusively because they, like the café, strive to provide not only the best quality product possible, but value their relationship with customers as equally important. The Stumptown dudes pop into the shop just to say hi on the regular and sometimes stay for finger tip pull-up competitions off the ceiling beams. I could keep rambling off so much Stumptown awesomeness, but instead just come in and try a cup.
5. Outside of cycling, you recently picked up a really nice Crockett and competed in your first cyclocross race, how was it?
I used to compete in collegiate slalom and GS ski racing. I didn’t know anything about cyclocross until coming to Juan Pelota. I went to cheer on my Mellow Johnny friends at my first cyclocross race and was shocked by how familiar it felt. Apart from the snow, there wasn’t too much of a difference, and I immediately knew I wanted a cross bike… and I knew I wanted to race. I bought the Crockett in September after months (a year actually) of serious peer pressure from my MJ co-workers to upgrade my bike, and I’m so happy I caved. I competed in my first race at Copperas Cove two weeks ago and had a blast. I stopped at the pit every lap because I broke my seat post about 5 minutes into my first lap, but I still finished. Everyone was super supportive and encouraging which makes me excited to get back out there. I’m also really pumped for Cross Nationals in Austin!