If you know me at all, even on a social media level, you would know very quickly that one of my biggest interests is coffee. I just love the glorious, energy gifting brown liquid. I love the education and science behind it; the different brewing methods, the roasting process, why it has the tasting notes it does, and watching the sipper begin to appreciate WHY I am as passionate as I am. I have a relationship with this hot drink that is debatably concerning. I come from a town where the coffee scene is pretty poor. It’s never a good sign when Dunkin and Starbys are in the top ten search for ‘coffee near me’. (Although if you like those places, you do you! I can’t change what tickles your tastebuds!)
There are quite a few coffee shops in Baltimore city that Karlie Pickett (@karlienpickett) and I frequent. So I thought I would list out 3 groups of activities, if you find yourself biking the streets of Baltimore. Don’t worry, they are all in pretty safe areas; most of Baltimore isn’t as scary as the news says it is.
Activity #1: Farm-To-Pedal
There is a great coffee shop in Hamden called Artifact Coffee; one of those rustic, wood and stone lining every inch, with the aroma of coffee, roasted kale, and patchouli oil filling your nostrils. Along with great coffee, made possible by Counter Culture Coffee, they have a full farm-to-table breakfast and lunch menu. Right around the corner is The Maryland Zoo! Another farm-to-ta… um great place to take your kids…! I mean, you can have a penguin encounter. What a dream! Then to cap off the day, bike over to Wooberry Kitchen; the big brother of Artifact Coffee, James Beard Award winning, farm-to-table restaurant! It is amazing! My personal recommendation is the pre-prohibition Old Fashioned.
Activity #2: Don’t tread on Mount Vernon
Our favorite coffee shop in Baltimore is a place in Mount Vernon called Ceremony.
The original location and roastery is in Annapolis, but they have opened up two shops in Baltimore in the last couple years. They have really upped the coffee game in Baltimore! Amazing coffee, great seasonal drinks, and amazing toast! Its called ‘Amazing Toast’ and it is true to its name… You won’t have to bike too far to get to The Walters Art Museum. It’s FREE! Karlie was an art major, so she could tell me about how a specific french artist from the 1500’s was left handed, which is why he used the specific technique with his new and improved pig haired paintbrush. We also like to name the people in the paintings and make up stories about them. So fun! After you’ve created your own Walters Storybook, pedal back to Ceremony because right next to it is the Mount Vernon Market place where there is all kinds of amazing local Baltimore food! Burgers, beer, and of course, crabs and oysters! You can’t go wrong!
Activity #3: Harbor East HandleBars
Ceremony Coffee just opened a new location in Harbor East; it’s in a big ol business building and right on the Inner Harbor! This Ceremony not only has coffee, a breakfast and lunch menu, but also coffee cocktails! If you haven’t had a coffee cocktail, you’re doing something wrong… Once you’re caffeined up, bike over to Ra Sushi Bar. It’s some of the best sushi I’ve ever had! It’s definitely worth it to bring a couple extra bucks and get the special rolls. If you don’t end up liking how they taste, they are beautiful to look at! At least good enough to bump up your Instagram status… After you’re done there, roll to The Sandlot; Kevin Plank (owner of Under Armor) has done some incredible things to help rebuild Baltimore and make it so worth coming to. His latest project just opened and it has everything from local food and beer, to yoga and sand volleyball courts, to a place to hit biodegradable golf balls straight into the Inner Harbor! Who doesn’t want to do that?!
These are all things that we love to do and they are all pleasantly bikable! If you ever find yourself in the beautiful city of Baltimore and want to check some of these things out, please let me know! We would love to show you around!
Jesse Christiansen is a singer-songwriter who hails from a small town in north-central Maryland. He is passionate about music, “bad” puns (he doesn’t think they’re bad…), and good coffee. Jesse believes in the power of transparency and honesty, which is evident in his lifestyle and song lyrics. You will most likely find him sharing in deep conversations with close friends over a quality cup of coffee and a massive blueberry muffin. Over the past few years, Jesse Christiansen’s music career has taken him all over the US and parts of Europe. (His lady, Karlie Pickett, created a mini-documentary of his fall 2016 tour that was published/sponsored by Schwinn)
Jesse loves to be outside in the fresh air; he looks forward to when his car is in the shop because that forces him to slow down and ride his bike. A favorite tradition of his is going on a bike trip in the fall in the Appalachian Mountains–camping along the Potomac River and biking the C&O Canal with some of his closest friends.
Jesse’s outlook on life is one of freedom and pursuit. Fueled by his faith and love of people, learning, and adventure, there will always be something exciting up his sleeve.