Mormon cafe culture?

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

Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Am I missing something here? If they can’t drink caffine, can’t they just drink… decaffinated coffee? True it’s a whored out version of the real thing, but it’s got to be better than barley and chicory.

  2. David says:

    Basically, they’re drinking a mixture of coffee and beer, but without the redeeming qualities (drunk, hyper) of each?

    Hey, if you get this in time, could you ask Nick if he still has my grading sheet from the tasting I attended? If so, I’d really like a copy of it.

  3. Jeff says:

    Never trust ANYTHING that says it has a (something)-like taste. It won’t.

  4. sophia says:

    i’ve been to vermillion skies and it’s a great hang out spot and place to do homework, the walls are covered with college students poetry, and they do have pero, but they have a lot of things you would also have at a caf’e including italian sodas and things like that a lots of herbal teas… it’s nice for amormon kid to go somewhere to hang out with friends where you don’t have to worry about what on the menu. i personally as a mormonm teen hate goign to starbucks and having to look at the hot choclate becuase after aawhile it’s not appatizing…

  5. isabel says:

    where can i buy pero?

  6. Jon says:

    I’m Mormon. We’re never asked not to drink caffeine. It’s basically coffee, alcohol and some teas. The caffeine in coffee is not really the issue.

    On top of that we’re told that we shouldn’t need rules or commandments to tell us everything that’s good or bad for us, but that we should figure it out for ourselves and act accordingly.

  7. Eric says:

    I’m not Mormon; actually, I’m Lutheran, and we’re not known for having beverage restrictions. ;-)

    I really like Pero. It has a stronger chicory taste than Postum, which I now really like. It also mixes better than Postum, and doesn’t leave a mucky molasses puddle at the bottom of the cup. A little cream or milk makes it taste very close to a cup of coffee. And it doesn’t irritate my stomach, like instant coffee – even better than decaf instant. Pero is available from Walmart at a decent price. I still like an honest-to-goodness, fully caffeinated, double-shot espresso drink a few times a week.

  8. Joe says:

    Eric, sounds like you know your coffee-like beverage stuff. What the hay, maybe I might just have to try Pero sometime.

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