New Provo business hopes to convert faithful to fake coffee

PROVO, Utah — A new business has been picking up steam with an unlikely product it hopes will convert more than a few faithful of the local predominant religion.

Just blocks south of Brigham Young University, Latter-Day Café, located at 495 East and 600 North, serves up hot and cold coffee-flavored drinks that aren’t quite as they taste.

“It’s not coffee,” readily admits owner Michael Draper. “It’s an all-natural coffee substitute.”

Draper said the drinks are made with Capomo, also known as Maya nut.

While Capomo is caffeine-free, customers have the choice of whether or not to add caffeine to their creations.

“It’s full of nutrients — it’s full of potassium, calcium, magnesium, folate,” Draper said.

Consumption of coffee and tea have been against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Word of Wisdom.

Draper said he converted to the Church as a teenager and gave up coffee entirely at the…

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