Wednesday, July 13, 2005

And Speaking of Coffee...

Many of us have been complaining about non-smoking coffee shops...but how about one that doesn't serve coffee either!

"Vermillion Skies De-Cafe and Lounge owner Christin Johnson, a 22-year-old Brigham Young University student, wanted to provide her Mormon peers with a hip, funky place to hang out, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

But since Mormons, who make up nearly the entire BYU student body, are forbidden from touching coffee, cigarettes or alcohol, customers will find none of those substances on the premises.

"It's not about seeing how close to the line you can get without crossing it," said Johnson of her ownership philosophy. "It's more about how much you can enjoy without compromising."
Instead of brewing java, Vermillion Skies serves up hot drinks made with Pero, a German-made coffee substitute made from roasted barley.

Like many regular coffee shops, the caffeine-free cafe features live bands, poetry readings and art shows, and is open 24 hours a day during the school year." (source)

(I didn't realize that Mormons weren't allowed to drink coffee --how do the student at BYU study?)

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