Local Coffee Shops To Visit For National Coffee Day
Let the caffeinated bean water reign supreme!
National Coffee Day is coming up soon. If you love caffeinated bean water like I do, then you’re probably excited about it. I’m going to start us off with a very brief history of coffee because it’s kinda cool and let you know about some of the great coffee café's we have locally.
According to the National Coffee Association no one really knows how or when coffee was discovered, but one of the first instances can be traced back to an Ethiopian legend. “According to the legend, a goat herder named Kaldi noticed that after his goats ate berries from a certain tree, they became so energetic that they didn’t want to sleep at night”. Coffee cultivation and trade began on the Arabian Peninsula and by the 15th century, coffee was being grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia and then by the 16th century it was known from Persia to Turkey.
Coffee came to Europe by the 17th century and was becoming popular across the continent and began to replace the common breakfast beverages of the time beer and wine. Coffee then came to the Americans by way of Amsterdam and France “when the Mayor of Amsterdam gave a young coffee plant to King Louis XVI of France.” A French naval officer brought a seedling from the plant to Martinique and fun fact, “the seedling from that plant was the parent of all coffee trees throughout the Caribbean and South and Central America.”
Here are some of the tasty and friendly places to enjoy National Coffee Day in southern Utah:
Perks: With locations is St. George, Hurricane, Zion National Park, and Cedar City it’s easy to find a location. With teas, smoothies, Italian sodas, coffee, baked goods and more you should be able to find whatever you’re in the mood for.
Bristlecone: located in the heart of historic downtown Cedar City Bristlecone offers coffee, food, yoga, and merch. The comfy and contemporary interior makes it a wonderful place to sit down to enjoy a meal and just chill.
The Grind: also located in the heart of historic downtown Cedar City. They’re family owned and offer breakfast and lunch items and beverages that include coffee, tea and smoothies. They also host open mic nights and are attached to Main Street Books, which as we all know, coffee and books go together like peanut butter and jelly.
21 Eleven Coffee House and Event Center: located on the north end of Cedar City offers coffee, tea, and smoothies. They also buy their coffee from suppliers that support The Coffee Trust. The Coffee Trust works with coffee farmers to overcome poverty by supporting health, food sovereignty, and alternative income projects. 21 Eleven also hosts a Food Pantry every Wednesday from 2pm-6pm.
I’m going to end this piece by sharing with you why I love coffee and because I want to know why you love coffee.
It’s not just caffeine for me, though it’s a nice bonus. Coffee is family and comfort to me. One of my earliest memories of family coming to visit is the smell of freshly brewed coffee first thing in the morning, which meant quality time with my grandparents and also my aunts and uncles. Coffee is a caffeinated and cozy security blanket of days curled up in a chair or on the couch listening to music and reading books, and now it’s my quiet time before I go out into the world as start my day.
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