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Paul de Lima coffee: A hometown product to be proud of

Dan May, of Brewerton, in the Paul de Lima "cupping" room, where he taste-tests coffee. This Syracuse original was started in the early 1900's when a woman from Syracuse brought home green coffee beans from Brazil.

Dan May, of Brewerton, in the Paul de Lima "cupping" room, where he taste-tests coffee. This Syracuse original was started in the early 1900's when a woman from Syracuse brought home green coffee beans from Brazil. Lynn Cuda

— When we first moved to the Syracuse area two years ago, one of the many questions I asked myself was whether I would ever find a cup of coffee in my new hometown that I liked as much as in my old hometown, namely the coffee I would purchase on my way to work each morning at a gas station-convenience store. A trivial dilemma, yes, but not for a coffee lover who needs one small cup o' Joe to get going in the early morning hours. Their coffee was always fresh, and, to me, absolutely perfect. So, as we started to get used to our new home, I began sampling the different coffees available in this area and soon noticed that many diners and restaurants were serving something called Paul de Lima coffee, and I really liked it. When we just happened to stumble upon their outlet store and museum, located in Cicero, I liked it even more; here was a hometown product to be proud of, a great coffee at a great price, plus a store and little museum to boot!

You may have already seen the Paul de Lima general offices and distribution center located on Morgan Road in Liverpool, but have you made the turn onto Pardee Road in Cicero? Heading north past Cracker Barrel, the Holiday Inn Express, Gander Mountain, Comfort Suites, and Clintons Ditch Cooperative Company, look for the huge white wind turbine and turn right into the Paul de Lima roasting and packaging plant that also houses a terrific store and museum. We've been there many times now to buy coffee at reduced prices, sample one of three or four different coffee flavors highlighted each day, or to pick up a unique gift item from their store.

Now that I'm retired and much more frugal than when I was working full-time, those early-morning coffee runs seem wasteful. I prefer to perk a small pot of coffee at home each day, and have found a way to save a little money (always a good thing) with Paul de Lima. You can purchase a 12-ounce bag of Paul de Lima high-quality coffee at their factory store for $5.97.

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