If you live in Salem, chances are you have a favorite sit down coffee joint as well as a fave drive-up. Coffee is ubiquitous in our town and we love it. Each place has its own personality, coffee roast, and a way they support the community.
Whenever the subject of coffee comes up in conversation, I share my favorite places and new finds with the rest of my friends, but there is one coffee roaster that has remained a staple in my life in Salem since I've been drinking coffee, and can be taken for granted. That place is The Governor's Cup Coffee Roasters, affectionately known to locals as The Gov Cup.
Recently, I was shocked to see that The Gov Cup was not nominated for the Statesman Journal's Best of The Mid-Valley awards. It should have been nominated. Their coffee & tea is consistently great. The atmosphere is cozy and as a business the Gov Cup is incredibly supportive of local artists. I love walking in and watching artists not only working on their art, but see the finished pieces displayed on the walls and listening to the live music playing at night.
Tonight (2/21/14), if you go at 9pm, you will find a lovely dark wood interior with the aroma of coffee filling the room. Beautiful and creative art will be on the walls from local artists and music from local musicians will lilt through the air. (See the video below for a taste of tonight's music!)
They have a Facebook page you can follow. And trust me, Best Of award or not, this place is always at the top of my list when I want a coffee shop in Salem.