The Ultimate Coffee Road Trip Across the United States.
This week: Springfield, Missouri
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 until ”well, until Don makes it to a stopping point. 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:
Don’t you just love coffee people? In this little jaunt around the nation, I’d guess I’ve met hundreds of ˜em, and it really boosts your belief in humanity to rub shoulders with such fine people. I don’t know if it’s simply that coffee naturally attracts quality people, or the emphasis on hospitality just makes it seem like that. But I know this: I always end up feeling privileged to get to know more of the great folks in our great industry.
This week the tour got a little nutso, driving about 1,500 miles to see eight shops in four different states. So I guess I’m thinking about this people thing because we just met so many great ones this week: people like Eli in Denton who shared some coffee he had brought from his house because he liked it so much; or Zach in Waco, who invited us behind the bar to check out his setup; people like Josh in Austin who gave us a tip on a great restaurant nearby, which ended up being one of our favorites of the tour; or Andrea in Arkansas who took a good two hours to hang out with us, acquaint us with her operation, and ”of course ”introduce us to her people. It’s a great pattern, and we see it everywhere we go. Good people doing good things. Just like these folks on this week’s journey:
Truth is, I could run around this world till kingdom come and never run out of great people to report on. In the work that you and I are so lucky to be a part of, they just don’t stop! Unfortunately, however, the time has come for the Rialta Coffee Tour to come to a stop, so next Saturday will be our final report for awhile. We’ll be wrapping up with a very special, final coffee shop, so be sure to check back! Until then, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, 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.