It has been a real challenge to tune out all of the other distractions at home and focus on painting, so I decided to force the issue by painting in public as much as possible. Then it dawned on me to combine some of my most favorite things in life: painting, cycling, coffee, and sweets. And from that came the Great St. Louis Coffee Tour, where I will ride to a new coffee shop every Tuesday morning for 10 weeks and do watercolor sketches. My budget is $50, and in addition to the shop’s highest-quality coffee, I’ll also be getting its signature pastry. I’ve chosen a variety of intriguing cafes all around town and I’m excited to share the experience and my sketches with you.
To kick off the tour, I visited City Coffeehouse & Creperie in downtown Clayton on Tuesday. Since it’s so close to my apartment, I took a 13 mile detour around Clayton/Ladue, and sat down to a mug of coffee from Papua New Guinea and a perfect homemade blueberry scone.
I needed a boost of caffeine for my ride, so I opted for green tea instead of coffee. I always brew the bag a second time, since I’m convinced there’s still a little caffeine left after the first round.