68. Never The Same Old Grind.
Original Facebook post August 17 at 9:22 AM
I spent a little time in the Great Northwest two years ago on my America The Beautiful trip to all 48 contiguous states and previously when I shot some corporate photo gigs up there. That little taste led me to want to spend even more time on this trip to experience the culture. And one of the unique things that became really obvious really quick is that these folks LOVE their coffee.
According to one article, the area from northern California to Seattle has five of the top ten most caffeinated cities in America. I believe it because many villages and cities I visited had an independent and/or national coffee shop on nearly every business street. And I went to many towns where there were two Starbucks in the same parking lot!
But what really stuck out for me was the tremendous number of tiny house-looking, drive through coffee stands in cities and really remote areas. In fact, there are so many of them that one author wrote an entire book on them he called, Driven to Espresso: Drive-Through Coffee Stands of the Northwest. And while there are some drive through chains, many of the coffee stands are run by entrepreneurs like Bonnie Schwab of Bonnie's Espresso in Newport, OR. (That's Bonnie there waving a cheerful hello. Everybody say, "Hi Bonnie!".)
So if you want a cup of Joe that is never the same old grind, you now know where to go. And if you're a real coffee lover - like I am - you'll discover it's one more thing that puts the "great" in the Great Northwest.
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