Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse – 19003 Front Street, Poulsbo WA
- Espresso: ⨷ ⨷ ⨷ ~
- Cycle accommodations: Available in the side court ~
- Cafe setting: Bohemian! ~
- Interior seating: Plenty of seating choices ~
- Exterior seating: Plenty available, no cover ~
- Pastry selection: Good options for refueling ~
Poetic waxing can only provide this scenic ride justice. Summer relenting into Autumn; Chill morning air tempered by virtue of exertion; Deciduous warming tones brushed an evergreen canvas. Pathways unrevealed, extended, exhilarated, winding descents; Friendships forged future.
This cycling journey took us north out of Seattle to Edmonds, to catch the ferry to Kingston. The morning was crisp with blue pristine skies. Quiet early morning roadways made for favorable riding. Pronounced and glowing with the rising sun, the Olympic mountains cut a beautiful profile across the sky and above Puget Sound; they beckoned us to board the ferry and continue our journey towards the west. Disembarking the ferry, we pedaled non-stop southward through Indianola, then around Miller Bay and through Squamish. Continuing on, we headed north then west, navigating our way to Poulsbo and our midpoint destination, the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse. Climbing southward out of Poulsbo, a wonderful three mile stretch of rolling coastal roadway, Lemolo Shore Drive, was a fitting treat. It connected to the busier SR 305 and the Agate Pass bridge joining the peninsula to Bainbridge Island. We conducted a tour of the east side of the island and visited the Vintage Bicycle Museum at Classic Cycles while we waited for the return ferry to Seattle. The conditions of the day were perfect, the scenery phenomenal, and the camaraderie rewarding. While the picturesque nature of this ride would be satisfying any time of year, the autumn colors made it magnificent. Round trip, departing from the Fremont Bridge, was about 60 miles and 5500’ of elevation gain.
The Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse (PBCH) was a delightful cycling cafe stop. We were ready to recharge after traveling some 35 miles and 3500 vertical feet. Located at the northern extreme of the Poulsbo town center the PBCH was painted strikingly yellow with blue accents and presented with paradoxical quietness to the street. Small in scale, the facade gives way to a large variety of interior seating with breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Western Peninsula. A side court is an excellent exterior room that provides a secure spot to park your bikes and enjoy a cup.
Food selection is good, including pastries, sandwiches, and soup. Serving a custom Mukilteo Coffee Roasters Poulsbohemian blend, the PBCH proffered some fine espresso preparations.
The service was friendly and the barista/cashier did an admirable job of multi-tasking coffee, food, and coin. We self-served a glass of filtered water to cleanse the palette prior to partaking in our cafe indulgence. Moving to the finer points of the espresso; its best attributes were the aroma and the flavor. The crema was smooth, although, frail; dissipating quickly. The progression of flavor was good and did provide a sweet lingering coffee flavor. Overall we give the espresso experience a solid three wheel rating. PBCH, you are definitely a recommended cycling stop and strategically placed for those exploring the area by cycle. We look forward to stopping again.
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*Paradoxical footnote: All the cafes we spend time to write about we recommend as destinations. We provide the honest feedback and rating of the espresso experience because we are interested to help cultivate the best success for future visits. Even though we may give the espresso experience a one wheel rating we can still love and recommend a visit to the cafe because of the overall character of place, amongst other qualities.
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