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Posted: July 1, 2014

Drink your coffee like it’s 1994: Coffee By Design celebrates 20 years with 95-cent coffee

Written by: Shannon Bryan
Photo courtesy Coffee By Design

Photo courtesy Coffee By Design

A good cup of coffee in 1994 wasn’t much different that it is today. Except 20 years ago, you probably drank your coffee while wearing a hemp necklace. And that cup of coffee probably cost less than the dark roast you rely on for survival these days.

But on July 1, the cost of your coffee is going to experience a flashback.

In celebration of their 20 years pouring cups of coffee to partially awake Portlanders, Coffee By Design is offering coffee at 1994 pricing, along with giveaways and samplings at their five coffeehouses (on India Street, Congress Street, Washington Ave., Diamond Ave. and inside L.L.Bean in Freeport).

Grab a 12-ounce cup of coffee for 95-cents. And maybe listen to some Green Day to get the full 1994 effect. The 16-ounce cups and iced coffees will also sell at 1994 prices, and there will be birthday cake from Foley’s Bakery at all five locations, too. While it lasts, of course (and baked good from Foley’s don’t tend to last long).

CBD will also have free samples of their annual Birthday Blend roast and the roastery’s Independents Blend from July 1 to 7. If you buy a pound of the Independence Blend any time during the month of July, $1 goes to Portland Buy Local. You can also enter to win a Maine gift basket filled with Maine products like MadGab, LooHoo balls, Dean’s Sweets, CBD coffee and more (one winner from each location each week during July).

And finally, if you have one of those Amazon or Walmart gift cards lying around from last Christmas, you can trade it in for a Buoy Local gift card at the Coffee By Designs on 1 Diamond St., Portland from 9 a.m. to noon on July 1. The card works at over 85 businesses in Greater Portland. The Walmart card does not. (Do note that, on account of fees, it may not be an exact exchange.)

So get your coffee for 95 cents. Eat cake. And wish Coffee By Design a well-earned “Happy Birthday.” (Next year, when they’re 21, let’s take them out for beers.)

For more info on Coffee By Design:

Some other notable things born in 1994:

“Forest Gump”
The Chunnel
Dakota Fanning. (Justin Bieber was also born in 1994, but, well, pfft.)
The Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal
Netscape Navigator – you know, for using the Internet thingy!
The genius of “Dumb & Dumber”
And the best advice we’ve ever gotten: “Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls.”

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