Despite working as a barista for almost five years, I spent many years not liking coffee. Oh the irony! I chalk it up to lack of exposure (my parents didn't drink it while I was growing up) and not understanding the variety of ways to drink coffee. I started out slowly with extremely sugary drinks and while I still won't drink coffee black (cream just makes everything better) I look forward to my regular morning cup!
During our morning in SLO, Jordan needed to work for a few hours so before venturing back onto Hwy 1, we settled into Scout Coffee Co. (another recommendation from Cousin Kelly). I am not opposed to chain coffee shops (they serve an extremely important purpose while traveling. Free WiFi! Free Bathrooms!), but Jordan and I always jump at the chance to visit a local coffee shop.
I loved everything about Scout Coffee. From all of the natural light and the vintage milkshake blenders to their delicious iced mochas. We had the complimentary breakfast at our hotel otherwise I would have gladly eaten one of their homemade pastries. They roast all of their own beans at their sister company, HoneyCo, right in San Luis Obispo.
In my opinion, college towns are ideal for small business owners. There is so much innovation and excitement, let alone enthusiastic 20 somethings who are eager to support the local establishments. Nashville is a perfect example of this. While "college town" and "Nashville" might not immediately cross one's mind, I live within five miles of 3 universities and that doesn't even count the state schools! I believe this is why there are so many local businesses in Nashville.
While Jordan worked, I browsed all the different coffee accoutrements and paper goods. I was tempted to purchase a mug but my mug collection is already getting out of hand. Ha! Scout Coffee, despite being a fairly new establishment, seems to already be the neighborhood joint. I observed groups of moms with napping babies, college students studying, runners post workout and of course people like us passing through town.
Because I work in a coffee shop, I rarely spend off-time with a book in-hand drinking coffee. At Scout's I got to spend some quality time with A Homemade Life. Even though Jordan and I had many more miles to travel before our final destination for the night, I'm glad we started our morning out slow.