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Pamlico Perks puts fresh brew on waterfront

Jill Paxson is a self-professed coffee snob. But rather than drive to Greenville to get a cup of her favorite brew, she’s brought the coffees of the world to her doorstep, and she’s more than willing to share.

Blounts Creek resident Jill Paxson brews up coffee at downtown Washington’s first Saturday Market. Paxson roasts the beans herself and sells coffee by the cup and beans by the pound. (WDN Photo/Vail Stewart Rumley)

Paxson was on hand at the Washington Harbor District Alliance’s first Saturday Market of the season, in which local craftsmen and farmers sell their homemade fare. Selling coffee by the cup and beans by the pound, a steady flow of traffic flowed up to the Pamlico Perks Coffee tent, as coffee lovers filled cups and insulated mugs.

While she grinds her own beans for her brew, Paxson has taken the process a step further in her quest for the perfect cup of coffee — she also roasts the beans. Ordered raw from wholesalers, these beans travel to Paxson’s Blounts Creek home from far away places: Brazil, Guatemala, Sumatra, Ethiopia.

The gourmet coffee on the Washington waterfront has an additional perk, according to Paxson: the price tag on the cup.

“My prices are comparable to the price of a cup of coffee at Hess or Dunkin Donuts,” said Paxson.

Paxson said the good feedback received from Saturday’s customers means she’ll be back with her brew at the next Saturday Market.