Bennett's Fresh Roast

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2016) – Bennett’s Fresh Roast will celebrate 2016’s National Coffee Day in a big way, think Big Island Hawaiian big.

On Thursday, Sept. 29, beginning at 6 a.m., Bennett’s downtown Fort Myers and Sanibel locations will offer free coffee, including Hawaiian Kona Prime 12-ounce brewed coffee, all day while supplies last.

“Few coffee roasters have ever offered free Hawaiian Kona Prime,” said Bennett’s owner Bob Grissinger. “Kona is recognized among coffee connoisseurs worldwide as the best coffee grown anywhere, and we will roast this extremely costly coffee in-house to celebrate National Coffee Day and the most extraordinary coffee experience our customers have ever had.”

According to Grissinger, each customer will be offered a complimentary 12-ounce in-house cup or 12-ounce to-go cup of Bennett’s outstanding fresh roasted Hawaiian Kona Prime or Colombian coffee in bold, mild or decaf.

Bennett’s is known as the premier in-shop coffee roaster in Southwest Florida. Both Fort Myers and Sanibel shops skillfully roast its coffee in micro batches as soon as the day before it’s ground, brewed and served, avoiding off flavors like bitterness and rancidity so often present in coffee roasted by less experienced roasters.

“one-hundred percent Kona Prime is a smaller bean grown in rich volcanic soil, kissed by the Hawaiian sun,” he said. “Characteristic rich Kona aroma and bright flavor reflects why this bean is one of the best in the world. Well-balanced with a medium body, it is clean in the cup with a bright and cheerful acidity. Kona coffee often reveals buttery as well as spicy qualities and subtle winey tones with an excellent aromatic finish.”

Kona coffee is the market name for coffee (coffea arabica) cultivated on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii. It is one of the most expensive coffees in the world. Only coffee from the Kona Districts can be described as “Kona.” The weather of sunny mornings, cloud or rain in the afternoon, little wind, and mild nights combined with porous, mineral-rich volcanic soil create favorable coffee growing conditions.

National Coffee Day is celebrated annually on Sept. 29. People across the U.S. celebrate one of the most beloved morning beverages on this day. There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the SUFI monasteries around Mokha in Yemen. It was there where coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, similarly to how it is prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.

Bennett’s Fresh Roast has prided itself on its fresh-from-scratch donuts made daily and being the only Fort Myers donut shop to serve fresh roasted coffee from the finest beans, resulting in the most flavorful and freshest cup of coffee around.

In addition to fresh roasted coffee and hand-cut-from-scratch donuts, Bennett’s also offers fresh desserts from Grissinger’s own recipe book including praline bread pudding and lemon bars, giving area residents an alternative for afternoon treats. It also features packaged whole bean or ground coffees, breakfast muffins, oatmeal and breakfast sandwiches. On the weekends, Bennett’s Strata, a layered baked breakfast dish, is a regular sellout at its downtown location, while the Strata is available every day on Sanibel. The Sanibel shop also offers a pancake dish for breakfast. Tea lovers may choose from a large variety of Harney & Sons Fine Teas. Lunch offerings, including paninis, soups, sandwiches, three signature salads and Bennett’s ‘Lobster Roll,’ ‘Chicken & Donut’ and ‘Donut Dog,’ are available Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bennett’s Sanibel location also offers Artisan Gelato by Norman Love daily beginning at 11 a.m. until closing.

Bennett’s downtown Fort Myers shop is located at 2011 Bayside Parkway and is open Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Its Sanibel shop is located at 1020 Periwinkle Way and is open Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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