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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • The Young Bean Coffee Shop to host concert and inaugural Halloween party

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  • What better way for a coffee shop to ramp up its inaugural Halloween party than to host a rockabilly band comprised of flies that swarm the earth?
    Ghoulish fun
    When you're Eric Young — co-owner of The Young Bean Coffee Shop — a free concert on Friday with rockabilly band Coffin Fly will set an appropriately-eerie mood for his coffee shop's first Halloween party this Saturday, which will feature a costume party and two movies (most likely Tim Burton's 1984 version of "Frankenweenie" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas"), said Young, 40.
    "It's really entertaining," Young reminisced of Wilmington band Coffin Fly's previous performances at The Young Bean.
    "They play that rockabilly sort-of-music and I didn't know what it was until they played here. The first time they played here I was like, 'What the heck is this?!' But now everyone's used to them. Everyone comes to the show and the band's like, Hello… humans!' because [the guys in the band] aren't human [laughs]."
    Not to mention, the guys sing songs about wearing a person's skin ("My Favorite Hanger") and inbreeding ("Inbred Families").
    Aside from the concert and Saturday's event, The Young Bean will also be open Halloween night for trick-or-treaters.
    Navigator coffee
    Red Bull isn't the only caffeine-filled drink that'll give you wings these days. New on the market is Young's new original brand of coffee: Navigator Coffee.
    The specialty coffee, which has been selling at the shop the last few weeks, is made from Costa Rican beans, which Young cooks using his restored antique No. 5 Royal Coffee Roaster (made in the early 1900s). The significance of using the vintage No. 5 Royal Coffee Roaster as opposed to a modern coffee maker is the No. 5 features a flame that hits coffee beans, whereas modern machines heat up beans without a flame touching them, Young said.
    Young also said the difference between cooking coffee with a No. 5 is essentially the same as cooking hamburgers on an open grill, which offers richer flavor, rather than using a modern coffee maker (the equivalent of using a home oven to make burgers).
    Young dubbed his brand of coffee Navigator since he's an active duty officer of the 142nd Airlift Squadron in the National Guard, in which he pilots C-130 Hercules aircrafts.
    His long-term goal is to grow Navigator Coffee beyond his coffee shop.
    "Maybe another [coffee] shop will say, 'Hey, I would like to sell your brand,'" said Young, who added he'd also like to sell Navigator Coffee to retail stores. "Hopefully this is the start."
    Page 2 of 2 - A small cup of Navigator Coffee is available at The Young Bean for $1.75, a large cup is $2.30 and it's also sold at $10 per pound.
    Tour de coffee
    In addition to a new brand of coffee, Young's interested in hosting weekend coffee tours at his new coffee roasting building to educate the public on the inner workings of how coffee is made.
    Though it hasn't been set in stone, Young mentioned the cost of the tours would be $10 or less and guests would receive a free mug.
    The new coffee roasting building, completed two weeks ago, is located behind The Young Bean. Young said he expects to kickoff coffee tours in the coming weeks.
    IF YOU GO #1
    WHAT Coffee Fly in concert
    WHEN 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26
    WHERE The Young Bean Coffee Shop, 314 Main St., Clayton
    COST Free
    INFO theyoungbean.com or 653-3674
    IF YOU GO #2
    WHAT The Young Bean Coffee Shop's costume party and movie night
    WHEN 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
    WHERE The Young Bean Coffee Shop, 314 Main St., Clayton
    COST $5 (unlimited popcorn included); space is limited, reserve ticket quickly
    INFO theyoungbean.com or 653-3674
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