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David Ellefson of Megadeth performs during night one of Ozzfest meets Knotfest at San Manuel Amphitheater on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in San Bernardino, Calif.

January 08, 2017

Megadeth bassist debuted coffee shop in Minnesota hometown

The store also features a "Museum of Deth," with displays from Ellefson's collection from Megadeth and other artists

JACKSON, Minn. — Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is brewing up some powerful coffee in his Minnesota hometown.

Ellefson, a co-founder of the thrash metal band, debuted Ellefson Coffee Co. in the small, southwestern Minnesota town of Jackson on Monday. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported a grand opening planned this spring. One blend made with 100 percent Arabica beans is called, "Roast in Peace." 

Ellefson was born and raised in Jackson, about 125 miles southwest of Minneapolis. He befriended local coffee shop owner Susan Reiter and worked with her to create another coffee blend called Urban Legend.

Ellefson and Reitner rebranded her shop. The store also features a "Museum of Deth," with displays from Ellefson's collection and memorabilia from Megadeth and other artists.

The 52-year-old Ellefson calls it "a true honor" to have a coffee brand in a shop on his hometown's main street.


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