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September 3rd, 2010
Driving I-95? Gotta Have This Java

The guides over at Drive I95 know how long a drive can be without a good cup of joe. That’s why they are giving you the scoop on some fun coffee stops along the way.

VA, EXIT 92: Ashland Coffee & Tea

There are times when you must have a good cup of coffee, so head to Ashland Coffee & Tea when you need that fix. They have fun with their coffee, try a pufferbelly (a toasted toffee hazelnut latte), Celtic caboose (an Irish cream cappuccino), racehorse latte (5 shots), or a sidetrack (milkshake with espresso).

For tea lovers, there’s a blend your own tea bar: chai, Japanese sencha, sunshine rooibos and more. If that wasn’t buzzy enough, there are comfy couches to stretch out on, books to read, games to play and live music Tuesday through Saturday night and Sunday brunch. 100 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland. Tel: 804-798-1702.

CT, EXIT 47: Willoughby’s Coffee and Teas

Willoughby’s Coffee and Teas, the 25-year-old local institution, is a serious coffee shop which competes in international competitions. The huge plus here is that they roast their own coffee, so 4 freshly roasted options (along with their house blend) are offered up daily. The names of some of them just flow off the tongue: Burundi Yandaro Washing Station, Kenya Guama Mill Peaberry or Costa Rica San Francisco 1900 Tarrazu. They also offer coffees of special distinction which are either exotic, exceptional or scarce, and which they roast and ship only on Tuesday.

Now until Sept. 19 they are sponsoring a show at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History called “Coffee: The World in Your Cup“. This traveling exhibition explores the influence of coffee on the environment, human culture and economies around the world, from coffee cultivation in Africa and South America to coffee culture in the US. Through artifacts, films and photographs, the exhibition tells the stories behind the coffee we drink.

Multiple locations: New Haven (Exit 47), 258 Church St. or 194 York St. (203-789-8400); Branford (Exit 56 at roasting plant), 550 E. Main St.; Madison (Exit 61) 752 Boston Post Rd.

SC, EXIT 53 or 57: Downtown Books and Espresso

You’ll like the location of Downtown Books and Espresso, on Walterboro’s main Street, where you can unwind from your drive browsing through the dozen quirky antiques and collectibles stores. Don’t miss the used book room. This coffee/bookstore serves up what you would expect: café au lait, espresso, Americano, cappuccino, latte, mocha latte and frozen latte.

They buy from a local lowcountry coffee roaster, Island Coffee, who sources his beans from small farms all over the world. The coffees are USDA, QCS certified organic.

213 E. Washington St., Walterboro

NJ to VA: Wawa

Wawa‘s mini-mart/gas bars offer both inexpensive freshly brewed coffee and gas plus a surcharge-free ATM. Coffee is brewed using filtered water, and comes in original, dark roast, decaf, cappuccino and flavors (English toffee, hazelnut and fat-free french vanilla or apple cinnamon). You can buy the beans to go. Tea lovers can enjoy a chai tea latte. Bring your own mug in and they will refill it for a low price. Now that’ll keep you awake on the road for awhile!

Started over 100 years ago in Wawa, PA, George Wood’s original dairy business enjoyed a reputation for quality, superior fresh products and good customer service which continues to this day. Besides the coffee, you can add hoagies, ciabatta melts, the Sizzli hot breakfast sandwich, his quality dairy products, Wawa brand juices and teas, ready-to-go salads, fresh fruit cups and daily soups. For you all-nighters, they are open daily 24 hrs. We have 11 on our exits, from NJ to VA, and you can click HERE for a listing.

About Drive I-95

The 5th edition of Drive I-95: Exit by Exit Info, Maps, History and Trivia in book form will be here by the end of September. In this edition, which goes from the top of NH to Miami, you can chow down on a chompable “Thanksgiving dinner on a bun” in DE or watch rats play basketball in Richmond, VA. You will learn that it was Dr. Samuel Preston, and not Paul Revere, who completed the famous midnight ride. You can eat lunch with an astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center or sleep overnight in a caboose in SC. Oh, the fun you can have along I-95.

You can order this new edition right now in downloadable PDF form to be used on a computer, laptop or iPad.Up until the delivery date of the paper book itself, they are offering the new edition for 15% off with free shipping.

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