If you are adding your coffee shop(s) and they don't appear on the map, go back to the table and open the Map of Location view. This will geocode your address(es) and they will then appear in this map.
So this is how it will work ...
Anyone interested in adding their stops to the map should email me directly. Find my email address in the About Me section of the right column of this blog. Please send me your Gmail account, which seems to be the easiest to work with. I will give you editing privileges via email.
Notice that you will have editing privileges, which means you can add rows of data but also accidentally delete or otherwise edit another person's data. So you you will have to be careful. This is what the table looks like so far:
If you want to add a coffeeneuring stop, you go to the Rows view (note the tab for Row, Cards, and Map of Location) and then in the Edit menu, select Add Row. You might select Delete Row by accident, which will delete all of the rows and end this experiment. The Add Row interface looks like this:
You need to fill in the coffee shop name (Shop), which is a simple text field.
Next, add the address (Address). The address could be something like "1720 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420" (the Ride Studio Cafe address), or it could be "Concord, MA", which would be less precise. It's best to check the address in Google Maps. For instance, something like "Starbucks in Lexington, MA" yields the less helpful (in this instance) map of all of the nearby Starbucks. "Ride Studio Cafe Lexington, MA" works since there is only one Ride Studio Cafe in or near Lexington, MA. An address could be a latitude, longitude pair, like "33.023513, -113.049178", works. Try this one in Google Maps. I've had lunch at this place, but didn't get there by bike. If you think you don't have access to where you visited in spherical coordinates, simply open Google Earth and zoom to where you had coffee and look at the bottom of the Google Earth window. Google Maps likes Decimal Degrees and not Degrees Minutes Seconds, which is the Google Earth default. Change this in the Tools menu under Options. In the Options window, look for Show Lat/Long then click on the Decimal Degrees radio box.
Now add a link to the coffee shops website (Link). This is a hyperlink, if that term is still used, which take the map reader to the website and will hopefully help other coffeeneurs figure out if they want to visit the shop as well.
You can add notes about the coffee shop, or your visit there in the Notes field.
The last field, Coffeeneur, is meant to identify you, the person entering the data. And by identifying you, I mean your online presence, if you have one. For instance, I put in a link to my Twitter page. I could have put in a link to this blog, or my Instagram account, or a link to my blog post about my visit there. Anything works but it should be a legitimate web address or leave it blank. Once you added a row and saved it (see the above image) then you need to click on the Map of Locations tab. This geocodes the address, making it possible to put a pushpin on the map representing the shop and the data about it that you added. Doing this may change the map extent. While it is presently centered around Lexington, MA, adding a point in Finland, where there is an active coffeeneur, will center the map over the Atlantic and scale it so that both the eastern United States and Europe are in the map.
So be brave and contact me and I'll give you permission to edit the map and soon you will be adding to the map on this page. A word of warning: I work a full time job during regular-ish business hours and have two children. That means it might take a day or two after you send me an email to invite you as an editor. If I seemed to forget, don't worry about pinging me.
I'll stop accepting requests to edit this page not long after Mary's final posts about this season's coffeeneuring exploits.