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Damn Fine Cup of Coffee

Like many working musicians I spend a good amount of time on the road. I personally enjoy the road, the sense of adventure is hard to deny. There is some excitement in the fact that anything could happen and all you know is that you will definitely experience new things. If you lucky it will just be some new scenery if not you may get an opportunity to learn yet another level of self-reliance.

One of the first things to go from your ordinary life your control over what you eat which may be why so many people who work on the road are concerned with where and what to eat. While growing up in the Midwest my mom keeping a pot of coffee hot and ready to go at any time of day. It is no surprise that my first blog entry is about where to find an excellent cup of coffee.

Whether I am driving across the country or just down to Tucson to play my weekly Saturday night gig at Gusto Osteria (7153 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 85715), a good cup of coffee can make me feel right at home. After over a year back in Arizona and driving the I-10 at least 100 times between Tempe and Tucson, I can say without a doubt that I have found my pick for the best cup of coffee on that stretch of highway. Hands down it is the Light Roast at the Petro Travel Lodge 5235 S. Sunland Gin Rd. off Exit 200 on the East side of the road. Please note that I am talking about the gas station not the restaurant attached to the gas station. Lightly roasted coffee has a higher caffeine content than darker roasts so this mellow tasting coffee will perk you right up for the remainder of your trip. I must give the nice ladies who work here some recognition because no matter when I come in it always tastes like it was just made. Another added bonus is the whole milk in the cream dispenser. That's right actual milk. I know some people like cream and I use 1 percent at home but at least it is actual milk. It's nice to have a tasty cup of coffee and know what all all the ingredients looked like before they ended up in my cup.

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