2020 Coffee Destinations

Where to go this year to enjoy some amazing coffee?

  • Attic
  • Backyard
  • Balcony
  • Basement
  • Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Driveway
  • Family Room
  • Front yard
  • Garage
  • Garden
  • Guest Bedroom
  • Hallway
  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Nursery
  • Patio
  • Playroom
  • Pool
  • Porch
  • Spa
  • Spare Bedroom

Oh . . . the possibilities . . . #2020

Photo by Agape Trn on Unsplash

Welcome Back!

It’s been a tumultuous time since I last wrote here . . . We’ve had a complete shutdown, a re-shifting of priorities, a re-modeling of operations in every sector, and a social uprising. And none of this is complete/over.

We’re grappling with trying to understand, survive, and recover from a global pandemic–and doing it all at once! We’re on a 400+ year journey of understanding, surviving, and recovering from foundational, institutionalized, and continued injustices–a system ingrained and enshrined for centuries will not topple in a day, or a week, or a month.

It’s not exactly the time to sit back and sip coffee right? But, we are entitled to enjoy a cup or two–and we do need our energy, especially as we can continue to innovate and advocate.

So, I’ve returned here. It will be a gradual return, but I’m excited to write and explore, as I adapt to a new normal and fight for something better. Cheers to being back, and to coffee ☕

Seattle, Washington, USA: Starbucks Reserve

I have made it!

As mentioned in Global Locations, there are just six Starbucks Reserves in the world. I had the chance, unplanned originally and a happy opportunity seized, to visit a Starbucks Reserve in Milan–the first Starbucks to touch Italy. It was a magical experience on multiple levels and it generated quite the conversation once I shared my post, photos, and my delight.

Once I discovered there were more Reserves, in already desired travel destinations at that, I made a goal of visiting more–eventually. That eventuality was more than a goal written on paper, it is now a goal that is being checked off!

In late October 2019, I was visiting a friend in Seattle and made sure our itinerary included a stop at the very first Reserve in Seattle.

Just like Milan, it was a golden treasure trove of all things caffeinated, of all things delicious.

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With that . . . just four more to go!

Drink coffee . . .

Drink coffee . . . because . . .

  • you’re thirsty
  • you’re tired
  • it’s gonna be a long day
  • you’re cold
  • you’re hot
  • you need caffeine
  • you want caffeine
  • you have a headache
  • you feel a headache coming on
  • it’s available
  • it tastes good
  • it smells good
  • it sounds good
  • it feels good
  • you made it
  • you bought it
  • someone made it for you
  • someone bought it for you
  • you need it
  • you’re craving it

Drink coffee. Who cares why? You don’t actually need a reason. Just do it 😉

While I drink . . .

While I drink my coffee–whether it is morning, noon, or night, I . . .

  • daydream
  • consider my day
  • get ready for the day
  • read
  • get ready for the afternoon
  • write
  • get ready for the night
  • watch tv
  • listen to the radio
  • walk
  • clean
  • cook
  • work
  • do nothing
  • say nothing
  • think of nothing

Sometimes it’s a cup meant for awakening. It’s a time to get rejuvenated or ready for something. Other times, it’s my downtime, a relaxing and warm experience. It’s not a single reason to drink, and therefore not a single experience.

As coffee has so many purposes and so much potential, it allows for much to accompany it.

. . . And what do you do while you drink?

Kona, Hawaii, USA: Daylight Mind Coffee Company

Daylight Mind Coffee Company–two locations:

  • Kailua-Kona
  • Waikoloa

Let me state flatly and unequivocally: Kailua-Kona is better.

If you can only go to one location in Kona, I vote Kailua-Kona.

Why? The Kailua-Kona location rests right on the beach. The added smells, sounds, and feels of the ocean waves crashing makes everything about Daylight better. The Waikoloa location is in Queens Marketplace, a nice shopping center but nothing magical–it’s not the ocean.

The menu is the same. I had better service in Kailua-Kona each time. I had quality internet in both locations. Kailua-Kona was a larger venue with more seating, and thus more varied types of seating.

Kailua-Kona is also next to a farmers market, the former royal summer residence, plenty of tourists shops, and quite a few hotels. It just feels more accessible, and I feel there is more to do and experience as a visitor in this part of town.

I had breakfast, iced coffee, house coffee, and coffee to-go at the Kailua-Kona location. I ordered coffee and seated myself. I went to the restaurant to experience the service and food. I stayed for approximately 15 minutes on one visit, on another visit I stayed for a couple of hours. I went weekdays and weekends, mornings and afternoons. I visited on multiple occasions and each time I was thoroughly impressed by every bit of this place.

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At the Wakioloa location, I went just twice–once for breakfast and once just for coffee.

At either Daylight, the coffee was good, not my favorite in all of Kailua-Kona, but I still loved it, specifically the Kailua-Kona venue, for everything it paired and added to the coffee experience. So, this is an unusual recommendation, as I’m recommending it not based on having the best coffee per se, but rather on the feeling and ambiance created while drinking your coffee.

So, if you’re in Kona, try Daylight, try both locations, it’s good for coffee, breakfast, and maybe a little downtime before you go shopping, or back to the beach.

 

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