The Ultimate Coffee Road Trip Across the United States.
This week: Massachusetts to Maine
Editor’s note: We began publishing reports from Don Niemyer about the cafes he visited on his cross-country coffee tour back in the summer of 2013, and we’ve loved following his journey, learning about amazing coffeehouses out there in the United States, ever since. We’ll be publishing reports from Don about his recent journey around the Central and Northern states every Saturday this fall. To catch up on Don’s earlier posts about his explorations of coffee culture throughout the Western United States, click HERE. Following are links to Don’s posts from this current Saturday Series:
We hope you continue to enjoy Don’s reports as much as we do!
By Don Niemyer
SPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE
FACT #1: It is 3,200 miles from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine.
FACT #2: We drove over 10,000 miles in the Rialta to make this trip.
CONCLUSION: I think I have a math problem. Or a navigation one. Or something.
Actually, let’s call it a coffee problem. Truth of the matter is, when you’re looking for the nation’s greatest coffee shops ”not to mention trying to go to at least one in each state ”you don’t get to test out that whole shortest-distance-between-two-points concept. So as we pulled into Portland, Maine, after weeks on the road and more than 10,000 miles on the odometer, thus completing our much-talked-about œPortland to Portland leg of the journey, we felt like we had won the lottery. The little pessimist in me only half believed we’d ever make it, but here we were! And the fun little surprise awaiting us? Portland, Maine is AWESOME.
Wanna hear why? Great! Let’s start down in Boston, and we’ll head up through New Hampshire before we get to the first Portland, and we’ll break it down for you. Coast to Coast, Portland to Portland, on the Rialta Coffee Tour!
So we made it to Portland, Maine, and we loved it ”but we’re not done yet! Next week, we’ll tool around in Vermont before heading back south again. Vermont was one of our favorite places on the tour, and we’ll have that report for you right here next Saturday, so be sure to check back! Until then, follow us at our social media sites, or at DonNiemyer.com. See you soon!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Don Niemyer used to own three coffee shops in Portland, Ore., where he and his wife Carissa spent 8 years immersed in the excellent coffee culture there, milking it like a dairy cow for every drop of expertise it would give them, making lots of friends, doing some USBC judging, and learning all they could. One day, they decided to move their kids closer to family, so they bought a tiny RV, moved into it, and have been œmoving to Colorado ever since, visiting coffee shops, practicing minimalism, and having lots of fun. That was over two years ago. One of these days, they might even end up living in Colorado.