Make that de-cafe culture. This entry is for the Mormons in the audience who can’t partake of the delicious espresso beverages so often discussed here on Eternal Recurrence. Jeff sent me this article about Vermillion Skies De-cafe and Lounge, a caffeine-free coffee shop in Provo:
The upstart Provo hangout serves coffee-type beverages without the coffee.
Posers, as they are called, feature Pero instead of ground coffee beans, and they are among a handful of menu items you won’t find at any other java joint.
[Christin] Johnson, a 22-year-old English major at Brigham Young University, started Vermillion Skies to give Mormon students – who don’t drink coffee or alcohol – a place to hang out and experience pop culture without going against their religious beliefs.
“It’s not about seeing how close to the line you can get without crossing it,” says the Arizona native. “It’s more about how much you can enjoy without compromising.”
Interesting idea. I’d never heard of Pero before, but this page that sells it doesn’t make me feel like I’m missing anything:
Looking for a natural alternative to coffee and tea? Your search is over. PERO is a 100% natural beverage with a coffee like taste. It’s 100% naturally caffeine free and blended from select all natural ingredients–malted barley, chicory, and rye.
For my fellow purists who are in the D.C. area, it might not be too late to sneak into tonight’s Murky espressso tasting…