The 2023 Southern Illinois Coffee Trail features over 50 different coffee shops spread over 450 miles. The trail is officially live from September 1 until December 31, and features discounts and special perks for those who participate.
Last fall, Discover Downstate Illinois had launched its first ever Coffee Trail. It featured 27 shops across a 21-county region. This year, they partnered with six other local tourism bureaus — Explore Mattoon, Lake Shelbyville, Enjoy Mt. Vernon, Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau, Visit Effingham, and visitSI — to provide a more inclusive trail.
How It Works:
There are a few different ways you can participate in the coffee trail.
- Download the app → sign up → go to the Tours section → click on Southern Illinois Coffee Trail → scroll through the shops until you find one you want to visit → show the app to the barista and click Check-In Now → repeat until you’ve visited 8.
- Pick up your passport from the participating coffee shops → ask the barista to initial the box next to the shop’s name → repeat until you’ve visited 8 → mail the passport book back to Discover Downstate Illinois, 4387 N. Illinois Street, Suite 200, Swansea, IL 62226
- Request a passport from the link above → repeat steps from #2
If you are mailing in a completed passport book, make sure to fill out the contact information in the book so staff can reach out if you win the raffle.
To get the app:
For Android users: click here to download.
For Apple users: click here to download.
How To Win:
- Visit 8 of the coffee shops to win a prize and be entered into a raffle for the chance to win coffee gear from the participating shops.
Discover Downstate Illinois shares a special thanks to Explore Mattoon, Lake Shelbyville, Enjoy Mt. Vernon, Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau, Visit Effingham, and visitSI for their partnerships this year.