Custer's Coffee Connection
Written by Dawn Murray
August 31, 2020

Coffee, a brewed drink made from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries of certain coffea species, is one of the most popular drinks worldwide. It can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways, expresso, French press, Caffe latte! And is usually served hot, but is also great iced or blended. 

An early Ethiopian legend states that a goat herder, Kaldi, discovered coffee when he noticed that after eating certain berries from a certain tree that his goats became so energetic that they did not sleep all night! By the 15th century coffee trade, cultivation and consumption had begun in Southern Arabia.  By the 16th century, coffee had expanded into Persia, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey. In 1773 Thomas Jefferson is credited with saying, “Coffee- the favorite drink of the civilized world”

Due to its caffeine content, coffee is known to have a stimulating effect on humans, which makes it the perfect go-to drink for breakfast or that mid-morning “coffee break”.  Did you know that the coffee break originated in the late 19th century in Stoughton, Wisconsin, with the wives of Norwegian immigrants?

Coffee houses, establishments serving coffee and other hot beverages, have existed for over 500 years.  The city of Custer is lucky enough to have several options to satisfy your caffeine cravings!

Calamity Jane's Coffee Shop and Grill offers Frappuccino, smoothies, Italian sodas, hot chocolate, hot tea, chai tea, kombucha, mocha, latte, expresso and of course regular coffee.  In addition to an amazing cup of coffee you can also enjoy a variety of delicious bagels from Black Hills Bagels, cinnamon rolls, muffins, yogurt parfaits and even eggs and bacon for breakfast.  Be sure to stop back in at lunchtime and partake in one of the amazing bagel sandwiches that they have to offer.  In a hurry? Use their online ordering (https://www.toasttab.com/calamity-jane-coffee) to order ahead for pick-up.




Dino Brew Coffee- located in Good Karma Jewelry offers a variety of coffee drinks including latte, cappuccino, mocha, breve, frappe, hot chocolate, Italian soda, smoothies, slushies and drip coffee. Black Hills Bagels are on their menu as well as some delicious chocolate covered coffee beans!  Be sure to take a little extra time to check out the jewelry and clothing lines that Good Karma has to offer as well.




Miner’s Cup the only drive through coffee shop in Custer is more than just a coffee shop! They do have a walk-up window and online ordering!  ( https://www.toasttab.com/miners-cup/v3#!/) as well.  They feature all the great usual specialty coffees as well as frappes, real fruit smoothies, energy spritzers, energy smoothies, chillers, infused iced tea and they serve breakfast all day. There are 5 great breakfast sandwiches as well as cinnamon rolls, croissants and muffins on the breakfast menu.  Their versatile menu also includes hand-crafted sandwiches (Prospector, Cowpoke, Gunslinger, Wrangler, Gold Digger and Claim Jumper all served with chips), wraps (three great options served in a tomato basil wrap), salads (Lost Miner which is a great vegetarian option, Big Strike and Miner 49er) and pastries. They even have a kid’s menu and a gluten free bread option. 



Perky Pine Café- located at the historic Pine Rest Cabins This friendly coffee shop, conveniently located between Custer and Hill City, is a cozy little cafe featuring coffee, tea, espresso and several specialty lattés.  They also feature some delicious home baked goodies including cinnamon rolls, muffins, cheesecake bites, egg bites and cookies!!
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Other Custer coffee shops:
Feel Good Café- located at our Chamber Member Bavarian Inn

Wicked Espresso- coming soon!! (next to Bobcat’s Purple Pie Place)



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