Best of the Best: State Edition

In 2016 Huffington Post published: The Best Places For Coffee In Every State . . . and Washington D.C.

I found this article as I was starting my coffee journey in 2018. At the time I was living in Las Vegas, Nevada and I was absolutely thrilled to know my home state’s best coffee house (Sunrise Coffee) was actually one of my favorite places! For nearly 10 years, I had been patronizing the best of the best in Nevada. Every time I go back to Vegas I make a stop still — I miss it terribly, and I miss its companion locale Mothership just as much!

Now, I left Las Vegas and went on a variety of travel adventures after my departure.

During my travel adventures, I was blessed and lucky enough to go on two separate road trips through the US ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ. One traveling east and north, another traveling south and west. At some point during my travels I looked at every state I would travel through, the cities and routes available, and decided I should try and see if I can get to the best coffee in other states!

I traversed 13 states in some fashion and in some way during my two road trips. The thing is: the west and midwestern states are pretty large. So, I didn’t get close to 13 coffee shops, but I did see a few and I have to say it has inspired me further.

In Minneapolis, Minnesota–on two separate occasions, a year or so apart, I went to Peace Coffee. The ambiance was incredible. The coffee was strong and aromatic. Their peanut butter cookies were a perfect companion to my coffee.

In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma I visited Elemental Coffee Roasters — and I loved it so much I got some coffee for later! It was in a great location in the city, it had a wonderful layout, and it had just plain good coffee.

In Albuquerque, New Mexico I made a quick stop at one of the several locations of Satellite Coffee. I happen to patron the one next to the university; I loved the ambiance and wanted to stay but I had lots to see and only a bit of time–though I must say my coffee gave me all the joy and energy I needed for my adventures.

So I got to 3 out of 13 states I visited/drove through — technically 4 since I went through Nevada and went back to Sunrise. Still though, not a passing grade.

But sometimes the grade isn’t the end all be all!

I had a great time; I had something specific and different to do when I was driving and traveling, unlike most other to-do lists, and I enjoyed so much I hope to keep going. Travel and have the best coffee in the good ol’ USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ, what could be better? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—

Coffee Lesson #26

briki:

  • a briki is a small long-handled pot used to make coffee
    • coffee made with this pot, and in this style, is most common in Armenia, Greece, Turkey/Tรผrkiye, and throughout Eastern Europe and the Balkans (these two regions have some overlap–)
    • coffee made with this pot, and in this style, is often referred to as Greek or Turkish coffee
  • a briki is a small long-handled pot used to make coffee
    • the pot is traditionally made of brass or copper; however, nowadays,ย it is routinely made from stainless steel, aluminium, or ceramics
  • briki – Greek; cezve – Turkish — term referenced in two previous coffee lessons (#25 and #24)

What is Coffee?

What is coffee?

I’ve tried humorous, alliterative, repetitive phrasing, positive affirmations, with this one . . . what’s left? What other angle or answers are out there?

Coffee is . . .

  • fashionable
  • in vogue
  • mainstream
  • popular
  • trendy

Yes, for better or worse, coffee has become a staple drink. Ubiquitous. Universally known and accepted.

A thing with more than acceptance, it has [in some places and spaces] quite the cult-following. I tend not to worry about its popularity though–whether that is the pressure to drink it or the pressure to drink it in a specific way. It’s been in existence for far too long to be anything but timeless and beyond any sort of passing fad, and in this way I will continue to enjoy it, and enjoy it according to whatever my mood and needs are . . .

Happy New Year!

For many of us, the new (Gregorian) calendar year means a fresh start; I can’t think of a better way for that fresh start to begin with . . . than a warm cup of coffee โ˜•

Whether it was another day, the start of a new year, or the start of a new week for you — I hope it began with your favorite coffee, and I wish you many more to come ๐Ÿค—

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