Hot Coffee, Mississippi

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Hot Coffee, Mississippi sounds like another item to add to the list of things “as American” as Mom, baseball and apple pie.  A small community in southern Mississippi, Hot Coffee was established at the meeting of two old trade routes.  In 1870 an inn was built there along with a store. The storeowner was J.J. Davis, and the sign he hung above his door was a coffee pot along with the words “Best Hot Coffee Around”.  Davis never served cream with the coffee because he thought it ruined the taste.  His coffee was made from “pure spring water and New Orleans beans, and molasses drippings for sweetener”.  The store became famous for hosting local politicians who would bring friends from out of town to experience the legendary coffee. 

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