During a trip to research neighborhoods and homes for our recent move, we stopped at a real estate office to check on local property. When we opened the doors of our car, we were met by a seductive and luxurious scent. It was the richest, most enveloping aroma of coffee I had ever experienced. I was immediately transfixed and set out to discover the source of this magical, mystical elixir. Just down the sidewalk, I discovered it. Doors thrown open to the warm breeze, the cornucopia of olfactory delight sat roasting, throne-like, in the front of the coffee shop.

I was briefly amazed. This coffee shop not only offered the usual range of specialty coffee, brewed coffee and espresso combinations, it also roasted its own beans. The roaster was the center of this wondrous world of coffee, with the radiating scents leading the wayward home to reap its bounty of unmatched freshness and flavor.

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