Visit Lebanon Valley is bringing back its popular Lebanon Valley Java Journey for the fourth annual year.
The first Java Journey was held in 2020, right around the time that a certain Seattle-based chain opened its first county output. Fast-forward a few years and we’ve now got two Starbucks within a half mile of each other on Quentin Road, and a third in the works along Route 422.
The Java Journey seeks to buck the trend toward chain coffee shops and lift up our locally owned cafes, giving residents a healthy dose of small-town charm at its best. To participate, a mug and passport can be purchased for $10 at any of the participating coffee shops (find the full list below).
If you get your passport stamped by each of the locations by March 17, you’ll be entered to win a grand prize of a gift basket and a free midweek stay at the Londonderry Inn & Estate in Campbelltown. There will also be several runner-up prizes awarded.
“This is our fourth annual Java Journey, and we have been growing steadily every year,” said Visit Lebanon Valley president Jennifer Kuzo in a press release. “This trail is your chance to discover many locally owned coffee shops serving up the best cups of joe in the Lebanon Valley.”
And rest assured – if coffee’s not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other options to try. 11 total locations are included in this year’s journey, with two of the entrants – Ancestor and Swatara Coffee – having two locations each. All 11 locations must be visited in order to be entered for the grand prize.
“You don’t have to drink coffee, it could be tea or cocoa or a menu item, whatever you are in the mood to try, as there are plenty of options at each shop,” said Kuzo.
2023 Lebanon Valley Java Journey Participants
3J’s Coffee (Palmyra)
Ancestor Coffeehouse and Creperie (Cornwall)
Baked Sweet Coffeehouse and Bakery (Myerstown)
Cakes by Moraima & Café (Lebanon)
City Watch Coffee (Lebanon)
Swatara Coffee Co. (Jonestown and Annville)
Sydney Roasting Co. (Lebanon)
Timeless Café (Lebanon)
Whirling Dervish Bakery and Coffee Shop (Annville)
Wondering what to expect on the Java Journey? Our friends the Lebanon Valley Food Critics ranked all 11 of last year’s featured drinks here.
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