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Lucky Bean’s Love Potion #9

Bottoms Up
By Kristi Kates | May 27, 2017

With a claim of “the fastest Wi-Fi in town” (a real boon on tiny Mackinac Island), plenty of cool tunes streaming over the cafe speakers, and lots of local artwork to peruse, Lucky Bean Coffeehouse is a favorite hangout spot for both islanders and visitors.
         But the real coffeehouse gold lies in the joe itself, mostly notably Lucky Bean’s Love Potion #9, its most popular whole bean coffee — that is, when it isn’t already sold out.
         A hearty, complex coffee, #9’s flavor profile arrives in several different phases, first with the rich aroma of the base coffee flavor itself, then with hints of chocolate, the sweetness of cinnamon, and the autumnal earthiness of hazelnut.
         If you’re on the island, stop in and get a cup of #9 hot off of Big Red, the shop’s always-cranking crimson espresso machine. Off island? You’re still in luck; you can get 8- or 16-ounce bags of #9 beans via Lucky Bean’s online shop (
         Lucky Bean Coffeehouse, open early May to the end of October, is located at 7383 Market St. on Mackinac Island. (248) 342-2998.


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