Small post, big news!
Sip, Clip & Go’s Coffee is now available for sale in its first retail location in Holyoke, MA. Read about all the details here.
I’ve been busy.
It’s been 6 years since we started this blog–all over two passions that for us–seemed inextricably linked: Coffee & Bikes. On about the 3rd of January this year, I had an idea while on a 3 mile run during my lunch break from my office. I remember where I was on the farm road when it occurred to me, but not what led me to the idea, other than it must have been gestating for the last 6 years. Except now I was finally in a place in my life where I could cultivate it. Bikes & coffee. Coffee & bikes. I wanted to start a business–and do work that gives back to the cycling community and create a product just for us.
It’s not a revolutionary idea. There’s not a thing proprietary about it. It’s coffee for cyclists. But moreover, its coffee for the cycling community. Here’s my official “About Us” Statement:
Sip, Clip, and Go! Coffee began 6 years ago with two friends who shared a love of cycling and coffee. They started a blog about their cycling adventures, their love of coffee, and the cycling community in their bucolic section of western Massachusetts. What started as a whim became a ritual, and five years later, one member of the Sip Clip and Go team has brought that love of cycling and coffee culture to the next level (with her co-blogger cheering her on).
Cycling and coffee go so well together because they do the same thing–they bring people together. You can see this at any charity bike ride or Gran Fondo, any group ride or at any cafe or coffee shop; people chatting, connecting over a cup of coffee or a new crankset and enjoying the day in front of them. This is what Sip, Clip and Go! Coffee endeavors to do: bring two great loves together. That perfect cup of coffee after a long leg-burning ride.
Karen works with local roasters in the Pioneer Valley to create Sip Clip and Go’s delicious blends. As an experienced coffee drinker she knows a good cup of coffee when she tastes one. Beyond her personal tastes, in her professional life she oversaw the operation of a very popular cafe serving very popular brand named coffee inside a very brand name bookstore for over a decade. Now she’s offering her own coffee–all to compliment the cycling community that she loves.
Sip, Clip and Go! Coffee is 100% Organic and Fair Trade. We also give 1% of our coffee profits to Bikes Belong, a non-profit organization that works to put more people on bicycles across the United States. So when you drink our coffee, you are supporting several worthwhile economies and causes at once. That’s powerful stuff.
We hope you enjoy our coffee. Care was taken in selecting it with the cyclist in mind. We’re happy to be along for the ride.
If you’d like to check out the site and the coffee and coffee related items I’m offering, feel free to visit me at Sip, Clip & Go! Coffee. This blog will remain as is–dedicated to writing about our rides and related bike topics, products, trails, culture. It will probably also mention coffee–sometimes our coffee, and probably others as well. But the focus will remain on the sport of cycling. I like to keep boundaries, and this is Heather’s blog too. Besides, if I don’t blog about riding, I’ll likely pop, it’s become too great a habit to abandon.
And so here we are, the eve of the launch of my new business. I’m not sure where it will lead, but if it’s a half as fun as it has been riding my bike, sharing adventures with good friends and writing about cycling, I’ve already hit it out of the park.