Erie’s Best Coffee

Categories:  Events    Food & Drink
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Erie’s Best Coffee by Angie Jeffery
Salim Virji

Sunday, Oct. 16

In these troubled times, there is still some joy in the world. Or at least my morning coffee makes me believe that. In spite of the fact that it is a presidential election year, we can introspectively sip on our coffee and wonder where the world went wrong. And somehow good coffee makes it all better for a brief moment. To invoke such happy feelings and in order to truly overcome the issues of the day, excellent coffee is vital.

So how does one go about finding the best cup of coffee around? Fortunately for Erie, the St. Martin Center is here to help with their 2nd annual Erie’s Best Coffee event, bringing the coffee shops of Erie together for a taste-testing extravaganza headed by local celebrity judges: Liz Allen of the Erie Times-News, Christopher Arkwright of Young Erie Professionals, Tom DiVecchio of WJET, Bishop Lawrence T. Persico of the Diocese of Erie, and Bill Scholz from Radius CoWork.

Activities for the kids include creating coffee can drums (because mom and dad’s coffee addiction can be fun for the kids too!), decorating a coffee mug, or hopping in coffee sack races. The event also features a Chinese auction with great items up for grabs: prizes ranging from a $100 value coffee basket from Wegmans or gift cards from places such as Art’s Bakery or the Brewerie, a kids’ basket, and even more.

Last year’s first prize coffee shop, The Wave Cafe at the Erie Art Museum, will be back to defend their title. Based on the last cup of coffee I had at the museum, they have a great chance of clinching the title again this year. Come out and decide for yourself who has Erie’s best cup of coffee. – Angie Jeffery

Erie’s Best Coffee takes place at the Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 ; children 12 and under free. All proceeds benefit the St. Martin Center. Your ticket gets you a sample of every coffee at the event and a great day filled with family fun that will put everything right with the world for at least one afternoon.

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