Name: Malia, Lael, and Monika from Stumptown Coffee
Tell us about yourselves:
Malia: Live in Silver Lake and work in DTLA, I hardly ever leave because these two areas have everything that I like to eat, see and do. It's got all my favorite ramen spots, places to hike with my dogs, my incredible friends, and an easy commute to work. That's all you need right?
Lael: I live in the tropical oasis Portland, and am one of the Production Managers at Stumptown coffee Roasters. I love getting out to the coast and hiking around the gorge. NW camping and summers can’t be beat.
Monika: I work for Stumptown Coffee in Downtown LA. I'm a service technician and repair all coffee equipment affiliated with Stumptown Coffee. I also live and run my fashion design company out of the Arts District in Downtown, LA.
How did you get into riding?
Malia: My girlfriend -- she's been riding for years and her dad's a pretty incredible moto mechanic. Runs in her blood and its starting to run in mine.
Lael: My dad bought me a moped instead of a car as my first mode of transportation, and I’ve been cruisin’ ever since. Last year I upgraded from moped world and inherited my Grandfather's 1980 Yamaha Exciter. I spent the spring fixing it up, and after a little blood, a fair amount of sweat and a shit ton of cursing, I got it running. Now I just have to learn how to ride it!
Monika: I always knew I was interested in riding motorbikes since I was young. A few years ago I jumped the gun and bought a motorcycle, a non running motorcycle. Without ever worked on motorcycles, I learned how a 60's two stroke worked and rebuilt the motorcycle. Then I learned how to ride.
Where is your favorite place to ride?
Malia: Baja! In the dirt! It's where I just learned :P
Lael: Any street not in the city, preferably at night.
Monika: Big long backroads are great. So are the canyons north of Los Angeles. But really just sweeping the city streets at night is loads of fun.
Two stroke of 4 stroke?
Malia: I'm hoping and praying to inherit my father-in-laws Beta two stroke, so until then, I guess I'm all 4 stroke.
Do you have a favorite bike?
Malia: Our 1996 Suzuki DR200
Lael: My 1980 Yamaha sr250 Exciter. It’s a good first bike.
Monika: I do love my CB350. Mostly because I understand every single aspect of the bike and can troubleshoot, repair and dial in every mechanism and component of the bike. It's an era where bikes were designed very simple.
Best riding adventure?
Malia: Baja, learning in the dirt, riding in the dirt, with palm trees, turquoise waters, and cactus as a backdrop.
Lael: TBD. I’m sure this weekend will set a high precedent.
Monika: Back and forth from San Francisco to Los Angeles on that little Honda CB350.
Do you prefer track riding or trail riding?
Malia: Trail, cause it's all I've done!
Lael: Probably trail. I like getting dirty.
Monika: Haven't experienced either, but I believe trail riding would be my go to. I love backroads and solitude.
What is it like to work for Stumptown?
Malia: The average day in Stumptown production is mixing the power of really great music and really strong coffee and using it to fork up to 4000lbs of coffee out the door. Keeps me fit, sharp, and happy.
Lael: Best job I’ve ever had. I might stand for 10 hours scooping beans, but when the music is bumping and everyone around the table is talking about Magic the Gathering and their favorite comic books, the monotony of my task is the last thing I care about. The “work hard, play hard” mentality translates throughout every department and every market. It’s my family, my social network and my passion (cheeesey, but true).
Monika: I absolutely love being a field tech. Everyday is different and you never know how the day will end up. Today is a good example - Today I'm finalizing a full cafe build-out in a yoga studio in Beverly Hills. I've been helping the company design their cafe since the beginning and today I finally install their gorgeous La Marzocco FB80. After that I go to a Cooking School that happens to have a cafe to fix their espresso machine and do a routine check on the rest of their equipment. I love working with a company that cares about every aspect of the experience. From farm to roastery to bag to cup, we obsessively perfect every step of the process. All while creating a delightful product that anyone can enjoy.
How did you first hear about Babes Ride Out and what did you think?
Malia: I went to BRO 2 years ago with my girlfriend and some pals but I was so sick with a cold and a fever that I couldn't hang so I bailed mid-weekend. I was so bummed cause it seemed like such a blast and of course I got to see all the pictures afterwards. This upcoming weekend will make up for that one.
Lael: Instagram, ha! I thought, “um, take me there”
I heard about BRO from Instagram. My first thought was, yea I'm going. But truly I had no motorcycle that could bring me out. I ended up towing a 1978 Honda CB125 on the back of my 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet. It was a riot to see. I made so many friends that I still write to and keep in touch with frequently.
What do you have planned for us at Babes Ride Out 2?
Malia: Slangin' cold brew and stokin' yall out with coffee
Lael: COLD BREW. As much and as often as you’d like.
What does Stumptown have planned in 2016?
Malia: We just opened up in NOLA and have big plans to party with the folks at Levitation Fest in Austin, Pickathon in Portland, Newport Folk Fest in Rhode Island and throw a couple of hoedowns at Feast 2016!
Lael: What Malia said! We also just released our Coconut Cold brew with milk. It’s fucking delicious, and vegan.