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The Coffee Ethic named Missouri “must try” shop by Zagat

It can be fulfilling to win local “best of” contests, but sometimes it’s just as fulfilling to be picked out of the crowd by a national source.

Zagat, which is best known for its printed restaurant guides but has more recently become a trusted online and mobile source to help consumers and tourists make choices between restaurants, hotels, attractions and other leisure activities, posted on their blog an article titled “The United States of Caffeine: 50 States, 50 Must-Try Coffee Shops.”  Of all the coffee shops in Missouri, the Zagat writers chose The Coffee Ethic in downtown Springfield as its Missouri “must try” choice.

“We’re obviously excited to be included on the list.  It has created quite a bit of buzz among our regular customers, which is fun,” said The Coffee Ethic owner Tom Billionis.  “The whole thing caught us off guard.  There are lots of great coffee shops in Missouri, so to be recognized among them by an organization like Zagat makes us feel pretty good.”

Featuring a photo straight off The Coffee Ethic’s website, the Zagat post notes that the shop prides itself in serving single-origin coffees, one cup at a time.  The post also honors the “ethic” part of this local shop, pointing out the use of coffee beans from PT’s Coffee of Wichita, Kansas, and chocolate from Askinosie Chocolate, also based in Springfield, both of which themselves on not only producing quality products but also on developing thriving relationships with local farms and the families who support those farms.  Also noted are the shop’s wood tables and benches that were made from  trees that were destroyed in the local 2007 ice storm.

Congratulations to The Coffee Ethic for this distinctive recognition.