Keith Urban likes Fruita’s coffee
Tom Hinman wouldn’t know a celebrity if one walked right up to him.
So he was surprised to learn that legendary country music singer Keith Urban, headliner at this year’s Country Jam, did just that at Aspen Street Coffee House, last weekend.
Another person working the counter recognized Urban and told Hinman, owner of the shop.
Urban asked for a chicken sandwich but the coffee shop doesn’t serve chicken sandwiches, so he settled for a cup of black coffee instead.
“He was very pleasant,” laughed Hinman as he told of the brief conversation they had.
Urban, who was wearing a cowboy hat and dark sunglasses, asked “What do people say about your coffee?”
“They say it’s good,” Hinman replied.
“It is good,” Urban said.
That’s all there was to Hinman’s brush with country-music fame, but it was enough for Hinman to change the sign out front to read: “Keith Urban likes what people say about our coffee.”
“It was obvious he really didn’t want to be bothered,” Hinman said, adding that Urban was accompanied by a woman and a very large bodyguard.
This is the first celebrity Hinman, who has owned the store for eight months, has ever met but rumor has it that Graham Nash, of the band Crosby, Stills and Nash, always makes a pit stop at Aspen Street when he’s in Fruita several times a year.