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Up All Night at the Coffee Museum
Some strive for greatness; others have greatness thrust upon them. In Kentucky, we just take what we can get. That's why we dedicate little back-pocket museums to matters of small consequence.
Which brings us to the Coffee Museum. You might think that, say, Brazil, would be the perfect location for a Coffee Museum. But you're thinking about production. We're talking consumption here. At one time Louisvillians drank more coffee per capita than any other city in America.
We lost that crown long ago. See, our typing doesn't even shake anymore. But during our coffee binge we produced our own coffee king, Jon Conti, who sold more coffee than any coffee manufacturer not on a coast.
Part of being a coffee king means collecting all the paraphernalia that goes along with coffee so Conti acquired quite a collection of mugs and pots and filters. You can see it all at the Jon Conti Coffee Museum.
The Jon Conti Coffee Museum is at 2309 Beuchel By-Pass. Take the Bardstown Rd. exit, exit 16, from I-264. Turn left on Beuchel By-Pass, 1.5 miles from the interstate. The Museum is another 2.3 miles on the right.