Small-town Minnesota is getting a 'Museum of Deth' with a cuppa joe

Megadeth's co-founder is opening a coffee shop in Jackson, MN.
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Care for a little thrash metal with your coffee?

A town in southwestern Minnesota is about to get a fresh dose of each when the co-founder of the band Megadeth opens a coffee shop in his hometown of Jackson on Monday.

In announcing the opening, David Ellefson said the shop will also include a "Museum of Deth," featuring artifacts and memorabilia from his collection.

Bassist Ellefson started Megadeth in the mid-1980s with former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine and the group continues to churn out music.

But through it all, coffee has been a second love for Ellefson. (Check out his appearance on "Rocktails," where he demonstrates how to brew the perfect cup of coffee.)

"Jackson's most famous native son"

Ellefson has been coming up with his own custom blends and selling them online through Ellefson Coffee Co.

And while he no longer lives in southwestern Minnesota, he regularly visits his hometown. Susan Reiter, the owner of Ellefson's favorite Jackson haunt, "Coffee Choices," is a partner in his new venture.

The Jackson County Pilot ran a story this week on Ellefson's new shop, calling him "Jackson's most famous native son."

In his own announcement, Ellefson wrote:

“I’ve been blessed to travel the world year after year as a musician but my roots have always stayed in Jackson, MN. So, it’s a true honor for our coffee brand to have a retail shop on the main street USA I grew up on, and to serve the very community I was born and raised in. Aside from some great coffee and a fun Rock N’ Roll atmosphere, our store is a go-to destination for coffee that also tells my story of heavy metal and global music history."

Jackson is a town with fewer than 4,000 residents in the southwestern corner of Minnesota. Ellefson says some Megadeth songs refer to places in the town, particularly his family's farm and Loon Lake Cemetery.

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