The Ultimate Coffee Road Trip Across the United States.
This week: Vermont
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:
Part 1: Oregon to Amarillo, Texas
Part 2: Oklahoma to South Dakota
Part 3: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Part 4: Wisconsin to Michigan
Part 5: Chicago, Illinois
Part 6: Indiana to Washington, D.C.
Part 7: Virginia to Florida
Special Edition: The Big Central Coffee Competitions in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Part 8: Maryland to Pennsylvania
Part 9: Delaware to Rhode Island
Part 10: Massachusetts to Maine
We hope you continue to enjoy Don’s reports as much as we do!
By Don Niemyer
SPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE
This week’s edition of the Rialta Coffee Tour report has a bit of a twist to it. As we wrapped up our time in Portland, Maine, and started making tracks for Vermont, we met up with our buddies, Brandon and Kelly Noffsinger. We all became good friends in Portland, Ore., but they relocated to Colorado a couple years ago to be with Kelly’s mother, whose health was failing. With our family out traveling the country, Brandon and Kelly were inspired to jump in their own RV and meet up with us! As our kids played together in parks and we jumped around the region from coffee shop to coffee shop, the Noffsingers made excellent companions.
We spent about two weeks exploring the Northeast, caravan style. We shared meals, laughed and played music, and watched each other’s kids so the couples could slip away for one fun thing or another. All of this served as another great reminder of the fact that this fascinating bean we all gather around each day is at its best when it’s bringing us together. On this leg of our journey, it gave us opportunities to share time with some old friends. But as coffee also does so well and so often, it offered us the chance to make some new friends. Hey, thanks for that, coffee!
Burlington left us with lots of great memories, and turned out to be one of our favorite places on the nationwide tour. But like most great coffee experiences, it wasn’t only about the coffee. It had a lot to do with the people, who we found to be just delightful and fabulous in every way. I wonder what kind of great people we’ll find next week? We’re heading the Rialta southward towards the City of Steel to find out, 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 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.