"I think of myself as a bit of a coffee afficionado, having circled the globe three times,
carrying only a backpack, camera, and open ticket, and frequenting all manner of coffee houses
along the way. For the past thirty years I've fed my coffee addiction in the best cafes of Europe
and the wildest dives in Asia. I know a good cup! But I have to say that returning to the U.S. was
disappointing when faced with big coffee conglomerates that serve tasteless, weak, and bitter brew
that can only be tolerated with lots of half-and-half and sugar. I had discovered Ahrre's Coffee
Roastery way back when it lived in Summit, NJ. Returning after one of my trips I found it gone, and
after a concerted search discovered it six miles away in Westfield, NJ. Oila! What luck! I don't know
what this man does, but his is the only coffee around that has rich, hearty flavor, is not bitter,
and really tastes fresh. And when I stop in for my monthly pound, I enjoy a kind of espresso that is
reminiscent of the best of Italy and France. It lasts all day and into the night.
Thank you, Ahrre Maros, for taking such good care of my addiction!"
- Meg Noble Peterson
Meg Noble Peterson is the author of "Madam, Have You Ever Really Been Happy? An Intimate Journey Through Africa and Asia."