Coffee On Mutton Curve: Navajo Baristas Help To Keep Reservation Caffeinated


MUTTON CURVE, Ariz. — The 93-year-old sání wearing a black visor and white apron on top of her purple shirt touches a button on an espresso machine. She laughs gleefully while pointing at the machine as it pours espresso shots into two small glasses in a coffee truck in the Arizona desert.

Pearl Benally, Navajo, sometimes visits the truck in the summertime with her two granddaughters, who co-own the truck with a childhood friend.

“She is one of our biggest supporters,” said her granddaughter Selina Tsinnijinnie. “She always comes over and says, ‘How come you guys aren’t selling? Why is the wagon sitting here?’”

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