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Saturday, October 7, 2017


Quite a view from the terrace of River Rock Roasting in La Verkin, Utah
By Tom Shess, coffee guy--You roll right by River Rock Roasting along South State Street (aka State Highway 9) that’s located between the hamlets of Hurricane and La Verkin, Utah.  Most likely you’re on the way to Zion National Park and beyond.

River Rock Roasting Co. (and Bakery), sit on the edge of a basalt canyon, carved deep by the Virgin River.  Some of us stopped because we were told the roastery has great coffee and a terrific view of the Virgin River.

The outside of RRR is rural experience, but once you go out on the coffee outlet’s terrace you will experience one of the best view’s any coffee emporium can offer.  In late September the Virgin River was at a trickle.  We can only imagine it when the storms hit.

Back inside, we liked the dark brooding “Nephis Twist” and ordered 8 ounces of whole beans to go.  The blend is named after a local downhill mountain bike trail.  Roast master insists you prepare for a wild ride with this bold, big-bodied blend of smoky dark and bittersweet chocolates, and faint hints of blueberry.  Beans make a solid cup of coffee and a killer cold brew.
RRR beans are sourced from fairly traded and environmentally sustainable farms and co-ops from around the world, and are roasted based on each varieties own unique characteristics, on our trusty old Diedrich 7 kilo roaster.

Owners add, “Quick and easy parking allows you to swing on in for a cup and a cinnamon roll or sandwich to take on your way to Zion National Park, or stay a while and enjoy some lively conversations and the breathtaking views that our back deck offers of the Virgin River canyon unfolding in front of you.”

Virgin River looks small from this River Rock Roastery viewpoint, but this same waterway helped carve the canyons in Zion National Park

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