you hear the words, “daily grind”, you might
conjure up images of punching a clock at work or getting
up and doing the same old things, daily. Well, this is NOT
the case and I will tell you why…
First, I would like to add the word “Moab’s” to
the words “Daily & Grind,” and get a much more
soothing image in mind. Moab’s Daily Grind (MDG) is the
clever title of a ‘new’ coffee place that has evolved
in Moab. The owners, Carrie & Sam Alexander call it a “coffee
hut,” or in other words, a drive thru coffee & espresso
depot, you need NOT get out of your vehicle! The dream primarily
was to easily serve the commuters to & from Moab, Spanish
Valley, and beyond, the finest of coffee for a reasonable cost.
The real beginning was more like 6 years ago, in the minds
of Carrie and Sam Alexander. --After listening to them describe
the birth of MDG and their own journey to Moab, I would conclude
that the conception of this grand little stand was during an
expedition to Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize.
Our young entrepreneurs were being conscientious and practical
as they toured the beautiful lands, “south of the US
border”. It was in Baja, Mexico that the Alexander’s
met up with Chris and Sarah Martinez (owners of The Rave’n
Image), their “ambassadors to Moab”. Upon meeting
this kindred couple, they shared stories about their travels
and life in southeast Utah. Carrie and Sam listened to the
details about Moab while sharing fish filled tacos hot off
---As I listened to the Alexander’s retelling this great
tale, I ate a Navajo taco and envisioned them on an idyllic
beach in Baja or exploring the wonders of Northern Central
America. From the tree-covered mountains of the great Copper
Canyon, the ancient ruins hidden in the steamy jungles of Belize,
to the mystique of Moab. Ah Moab!
Long story short, they really loved coffee, adventure and are
creative, smart people who had a dream and built it on south
Hwy. 191. As you are driving to Alco Discount Store or towards
Spanish Valley, you will see the “hut”. This “hut” is
aglow with the radiant Moab sunshine reflecting off the red
hills behind it, shimmering as the light reveals an actual
gear that is “grinding” on the side of the “hut”.
OF THE MONTH
Daily Grind Style-Chai
1 1/3 cup fresh
1 cup sugar
16 cinnamon sticks
4 cups honey
64 whole cloves
48 Begelow Darjeeling Blend
1 1/3 Tbsp. powdered cardamom
(If no cardamom, a little nutmeg and cinnamon
and ginger mixed together will do until you acquire
some cardamom, known by some as “The queen
4 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
Bring 1 gallon of water to
a boil and add teabags and all dry ingredients. Reduce
heat and simmer about 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Thoroughly strain and cool liquid then refrigerate.
To prepare a serving, blend 1 part chai to 1 part
milk. Steam to heat or pour over ice.
Makes approximately 16 - 16-ounce servings hot and
approximately 22 - 16-ounce servings over ice. Always
refrigerate unused portion.
The gear in the MDG logo was natural
for Sam Alexander to crown his budding building. He had a
lot of experience with construction and had special friends
who contributed to this divine design. Many of the people,
who did help the Alexanders with the construction, agreed
to work for coffee credit! When you pull up to get some of
their excellent brew, you will notice the craftsmanship of
the signage on and around the “hut”. My half-closed
eyes saw the huge metal cut out of a coffee cup (with steam!)
protruding skyward and immediately made the mental connection!
No words needed. Ah, symbolism and stimulation for the tired
driver, worker, ranchers and coffee loving locals.
There is something for everyone!
The Daily Grind has all of the traditional espresso drinks,
as well as chai tea, gourmet hot chocolate, hot apple cider,
iced green tea, smoothies, iced and blended drinks. They
serve several specialties, including the frozen chai, toffee
coffee, Mexican chocolate mocha, cookies n’ cream,
and more! Their current winter special drinks are Pumpkin
Pie Latte, Gingerbread Chai, Eggnog Latte, Peppermint Patty,
and Gingersnap White Mocha. Featuring Ghiradelli chocolate
sauces, including white and dark chocolate. We use fairly
traded coffee from a small quality roaster.
“We offer a punch card to reward our regulars, and
$1 coffee refills to customers who bring in their own cup.
We also run coupons in the Advertiser.”
“We have many plans for improving the business over
the next year. We want to continue to be a vibrant and personable
local business in the community. We appreciate any feedback,
and welcome all inhabitants of Moab to come and try our distinctive,
high quality drinks. You won’t be disappointed!”
“We would like to thank all of the people and local
businesses who have helped make our dream come true: Ron & Joyce
Robertson, Chuck Garlett, Dave Leech, Mike Steele, Doug Whipple,
Jr., John Marshall aka Coyote Land Tours, Gregory Smith aka
Sticky Industries, the Rainman, Sign of the Times, Uriia
MacIndoe, Chris and Sarah Martinez aka The Rave’n Image,
and all the fine folks at Turner Lumber. These people and
our customers made us realize how wonderful and community-oriented
the people of Moab can be.”
…Finally, this “writer” never goes anywhere
without her travel-sized espresso machine and frother, BUT
if I did not have it, I would be heading south, for the first
time in my life, to get to Moab Daily Grind, Located at 1146
South Hwy 191 #B, Moab, Utah. On the West Side of the highway,
look for the steaming hot, universal coffee/espresso cup
sign! 435-259-1115 for more information, 6am to 2pm.