Welcome to our Café!

We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality food and drinks at an affordable price. We work with local suppliers and bakeries to source the freshest, highest quality offerings.  Our coffee is air-roasted on-site from select Peruvian Fair Trade Coffee Beans. Although we offer a wide variety of hot and iced drinks, we also provide savory and sweet food options. So whether you're stopping for your morning coffee, lunch, or an afternoon snack, we've got you covered!


We have several gluten free options as well, but if you don't find what you are looking for, please let our staff know.  We will work hard to add it to our growing menu!


Want to order ahead of time or something special? Give us a call at (334) 787-9901 to find out what all we can offer you!


Funny Name, Great Coffee

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What is a Boonie Hat?

I get asked this often. A Boonie Hat is a military style head covering associated with adventure. It has a wide brim that goes all the way around the head. It is typically worn in hot desert or tropical climates. Just the sort of places where great coffee is grown! And it is fitting, since Boonie Hat coffee is a Veteran owned and operated coffee roastery. 

Why is Boonie Hat Coffee so unique?

What makes Boonie Hat Coffee unique is that we roast our coffee in a small batch hot air roaster. Instead of contact with a hot metal surface, a bed of hot air roasts our coffee beans. This air roasting process results in an evenly-roasted coffee bean. People often tell me that my Boonie Hat Coffee offerings are the smoothest coffee they have ever had.

Creamer: the secret to our blend

Boonie Hat Coffee is micro-roasted with this air roasting process which produces a very smooth, never-burned coffee. Boonie Hat Coffee can stand on its own without cream or sugar. While we are on the subject: Another secret of Boonie Hat Coffee is our homemade proprietary creamer. We offer Coconut or Mexican Vanilla. Check back with us periodically, as we are looking to expand our product line into single-serve coffee pods.

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Our Story

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Now the story of Boonie Hat Coffee can be told, a story of four different Boonie Hats spanning three continents. The Boonie Hat is a tribute to the Armed Forces of the United States of America who make our way of life possible. Veterans, thank you for your service.


If you stumbled upon this blog hoping to find a coffee expert, I hate to disappoint. While I have been roasting my own coffee for over a decade, I do not consider myself an expert. My experiences in coffee roasting and my personal life experiences have helped me to zero in on what I want in a cup of coffee – and what I don’t want in a cup of coffee. Your preferences in a cup of coffee may be different than mine. I respect that. It is my hope to inspire you to go forth on your own adventure to find that great cup of coffee.


My story begins with a woodland camouflage boonie hat residing in Bolivia, South America. From the time I began elementary school, my family made frequent visits to Bolivia – my father’s home country. These family reunions were my first exposure to good coffee. Let’s face it. When you are that close to the sources of the coffee, good coffee is easy to come by.  Good coffee in South America is as plentiful as Baptist Churches in Alabama! I was amazed at how fresh their coffees tasted compared to the ones I bought from my grocery store back home in the Southeast United States.


  

Bolivia is a country of extremes and a country of my origins. It is well suited to grow coffee due to its climate and soil. Its next-door neighbors, Peru, Columbia, and Brazil, produce much of the coffee that goes into my Boonie Hat Coffee offerings. For me, coffee from South America makes me feel connected with my ancestry.  Coffee is a drink to be enjoyed with the ones you love. For me, good coffee isn’t meant to be consumed alone, but in the context of community. It has a way of getting us talking. Of bringing people 

together. My recommendation: don’t drink coffee alone! Anyway, enough of my preaching.


What happens next month is the story when I set aside the woodland camo hat for the ACU boonie hat. Read about it next month! 

Try it for yourself!

Once we've opened, make sure to stop by Expressions Café to taste this wonderful coffee for yourself! Short on time? We'll also have a drive-thru window!



Want to order some beans? We're still working on selling it online, but in the meantime, send us a message or call to learn how you can get some now!

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Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Expressions Design Gallery

1801 Market Street, Opelika, Alabama 36801, United States

(334) 787-9901

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