What is it?
Beanhunter started out in Australia and the app has now grown to offer a pretty comprehensive database of cafes worldwide. Just download the app and search for either cafes nearest to you or anywhere else by name and/or location. You can share your experiences by uploading photos and opinions on the cafes you've visited, leave reviews and read reviews from others if you're looking for an extra-special cafe stop to impress your ride group. If you find a previously unlisted cafe that deserves shouting about you can upload a listing yourself, and to find cafes the app redirects to your default mapping application.
Cafe owners can also sign up to manage their own listing and interact with reviewers, plus advertise for jobs and get insight on how many people are viewing their listing for a monthly subscription.
What makes it unique?
As far as cafe recommendation databases go this is probably the most comprehensive we've come across, with over 180 locations worldwide. It is city-centric so not ideal if you're searching for cafe stops way out in the countryside, but it's very detailed all the same and has lots of recent reviews on the most popular cafes in our nearest cities of Bath and Bristol.
If you're lucky enough to live in Australia Beanhunter also have their own coffee club, where you can get artisan coffee delivered every two or four weeks for a subscription fee.
How can it help me?
It can help you to refuel on your ride of course, and can always be used for days out that aren't cycle-related as well!
Where can I get it?
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.