Known for its majestic Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee is home to unique forms of Americana such as the Nashville music scene and Graceland. The state slogan is “Tennessee—America at its best.” If that is the case, then Tennessee should have some high quality coffee brewing within its borders. Here are 4 reasons why coffee lovers should stop through the state and enjoy its unique culture.
1. Coffee County
How can you not raise an eyebrow to a county named after your favorite morning drink? Named after a well-respected general from the Civil War, Coffee County is the home of twelve Centennial Farms. These farms have been owned by the same family for over 100 years and have been recognized by the U.S. government as historic landmarks. Coffee County is also the site of the Bonnaroo Musical Festival, attracting some of the country’s most caffeine charged music lovers to a four-day jam fest.
2. Tennessee Mud
Pop into any local watering hole in Tennessee and ask the barkeep for a Tennessee Mud, but be warned, you’re about to sip on a coffee concoction with a kick. Essentially the American version of an Irish Coffee, a Tennessee Mud’s ingredients include:
- 1 oz. of Amaretto
- 1 oz. of Jack Daniel’s
- 1 cup of coffee
- 1 puff of whipped cream
3. Home to One of Green Mountain Coffee’s Manufacturing Centers
Vermont’s Green Mountain Coffee recently opened in a facility in Knoxville, Tennessee. It employs many residents in and around the Knoxville areas who all work together to distribute one of the country’s most popular coffee blends.
4. The Vienna Coffee Company
This coffee roasting operation serves some of the finest quality coffee in Tennessee and throughout the south. Their specialty coffee is roasted in 3000 sq. foot roaster, and they use only 100% green beans from Arabica and Roabusta species.