Lemma Coffee Roasters by Caleb Savage

We’re excited to introduce to the shop a new roaster out of Denton, Texas: Lemma Coffee Roasters. Lemma was started by Daniel Baum in August of 2017 with a desire to roast and serve exceptional coffees to their community and beyond. We’ve loved their Ethiopia Guji on espresso and hope you’ve had a chance to try this sweet, sun-dried coffee as a shot of espresso or with a little bit of milk. We were able to hear from Daniel about Lemma, Denton and their approach to coffee.

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Home Barista Beginnings

Daniel got his start in coffee in high school playing with home espresso machines and making hazelnut lattes while cruising Flikr and Myspace. After a few upgrades to the home espresso setup, Daniel and his wife Shelby decided the next step in making coffee was roasting. After some trial and error on a small 500 gram roaster, Lemma was born!

“Lemma exists to educate, support, and excel our partners, customers, and coffee enthusiasts alike in the journey to the perfect cup of coffee. We do everything in our power to play our part in the process from the coffee being planted to you taking that first sip.”

Denton’s Courthouse Square

“The square is basically everything to Dentonites. There are plenty of local restaurants (Boca 31 is our favorite) and plenty of good craft beer or cocktails to be enjoyed. All of this revolves around the courthouse square. And don’t forget the live music!” If you’re interested in picking up some coffee while you’re there, order ahead and use the local pickup option. It “typically results in a tour and a free cup of coffee.”

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Experiential Coffee

“The ideal coffee from Lemma provides an experience while consuming it. Our goal is clean coffees with easily identified flavor characteristics.” Instead of trying to make each coffee resemble each other, Lemma sets out to find the different flavor profiles each coffee has to offer instead of trying to manipulate a coffee into tasting a certain way.

We’ve got just a little bit of Lemma’s Ethiopia Guji left! Be sure to experience this coffee on espresso before it’s gone! If you’d like to try it in a Cappuccino or as a Pourover, let us know!

Palace Coffee Roasters by Caleb Savage

Be Kind. Serve Great Coffee.

We’re excited to feature our friends from Amarillo, Palace Coffee and their Colombia Los Rosales on Espresso and Pourover.

Since opening on July 1, 2011, Palace Coffee has been out to prove “that small town America could do coffee really, really well.” We think they’ve succeeded.

We got to hear from Patrick and Krystal Burns about their shops, roasting and their love for Amarillo, Texas!

 Photo courtesy of Palace Coffee

Photo courtesy of Palace Coffee

People First

“Patrick would tell you that he has an addiction to people. He has a background in retail and restaurant management. He caught the entrepreneur bug managing a small high end Italian restaurant in our hometown. He loved hosting people in the restaurant and the dream to create something of his own began.” Looking for an opportunity to develop a business with more regular customers while also being more conducive to family life, the idea of opening Palace was born.

This focus on people as the drive for business carries through to their mission. “We love people and love meeting and hosting new people in our shops. We want everyone who walks through our doors to feel valued no matter their race, religion, sexual orientation, or background. Because we care for people, we want to serve them a great product!”

 Photo courtesy of Palace Coffee

Photo courtesy of Palace Coffee


With four cafes in the area, Palace carries the same heart they put into their business into every location. “They all have staff that we have trained many hours with on both hospitality and the craft of making coffee. We strived to create a space for community and designed each shop based around the area it is in. We hope that no matter which location a guest decides to stop into, that they will get the same warm experience from our staff and a consistent product from the bar."

Visit Amarillo!

“Amarillo is known for a “drive through” town. It’s right off of I-40 so a lot of people will say they have driven through but never stopped in Amarillo. Amarillo and Canyon have a lot to offer including the second largest canyon, Palo Duro Canyon. We also have Cadillac Ranch which is worth the look just to see large Cadillacs buried in the ground. We also have a lot of newer locally owned restaurants and a thriving arts community which includes the longest continuous running community theatre in the nation, and a stellar symphony to name a few. Side Note: That community theatre we speak of is called Amarillo Little Theatre and our whole family is involved at some capacity there.”

 Photo courtesy of Palace Coffee

Photo courtesy of Palace Coffee

Expansion & Roasting

“Our original plan was to just have one cafe. When we opened our second location we felt that learning the roasting process would be important because we know that roasting gives you control over the coffee from start to finish. We ended up partnering with Kaldi’s Coffee out of St. Louis to help bridge the gap while we were focused on the retail side of things. Kaldi’s helped private label our coffee into our own branded bags. This partnership was crucial to helping us launch into roasting fully on our own which we have now been doing for about 6 months.”

We are excited to serve some of Amarillo’s kindest coffee and hope you enjoy it as well!


Lemon Chili Mocha by Caleb Savage

As the season for Blood Oranges comes to a close and we say goodbye to sweet citrus goodness of the Blood Orange Latte, we welcome back an old favorite, the Honey Lavender Latte!

It's also time to bring a brand new special to the board, the Lemon Chili Mocha. Made with Nathan Miller Chocolate, crushed Aleppo peppers, a little cinnamon, and a hint of lemon, this drink special combines all the things we love about coffee: bright acidity, a clear sweetness, and smooth lower notes.

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Heat + Sweet

Finding a balance between a pepper with enough heat to come through in the drink without being considered too hot can be difficult. Moreover, each pepper, like coffee, has its own flavor characteristics based on its genetics and the location in which the pepper is grown. For this drink, we looked for a pepper that would have an approachable heat but would also bring out the complexity of the chocolate and the espresso.

Grown in Northern Syria and Turkey, the Aleppo Pepper is similar to a Ancho Chile, commonly known as a Poblano, found and cultivated in Puebla, Mexico. The Aleppo pepper adds savory notes of cumin, red pepper, and salt. While most of the heat is balanced with the chocolate and lemon, dairy milk naturally lessens the intensity of the pepper. For our alternative milk friends, we recommend using a milk with a little more sweetness like Coconut Milk!

A Hint of Lemon

To finish the drink, we include lemon to accentuate the heat of the pepper with a bright, sweet citrus note that reminds us of a lemon drop. In a way, this latte is familiar like chocolate covered oranges or a spiced hot chocolate, but all together, the ingredients add an interesting complexity and a subtle savoriness not found in most lattes.

We always hate to say goodbye to the Blood Orange Latte, but we’re excited to bring you March's specials! Give them a try next time your in the shop!

Seed to Cup Part 1 Recap by Caleb Savage

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For this month’s class, we kicked off a new series of classes called Seed to Cup! In this series, we’ll explore how we get from coffea arabica to your morning pour over or Blood Orange Latte. Today we covered the ins and outs of the coffee plant, examined some common varieties of coffee, and debated the merits of Washed vs. Sun-Dried Coffee.

Coffee is a Fruit

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Coffee is a flowering fruit tree, typically grown between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, near the equator. The roasted bean that we grind and drink is the seed found inside the fruit of this tree. The trees take years to mature enough to produce fruit and even then only produce a couple of pounds.

This cherry-like fruit has been cultivated in areas of Africa, Asia, and Central and South America for hundreds of years, first found in Ethiopia well before the 10th Century and then carried around the world throughout the 1700s and beyond. Learn more about coffee farming here.

Coffee is Diverse

Not only have coffee trees been cultivated in places all over the world, but as they’ve been moved and cared for, they’ve also been bred to become more resilient and yield more fruit!

From Heirloom varieties like the Geisha of Panama to the French Mission Bourbon, coffee trees, cherries, and seeds, take on all sorts of different sizes, shapes, and colors.

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Thanks to great diversity of coffee varieties and the growth of specialty coffee, research is being done over at World Coffee Research to provide producers with valuable information about what varieties might work best in new environments or places which have historically only grown one or two varieties.

Coffee is a Business

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For our tasting, we compared KLLR Coffee’s Washed and Sun-Dried Ethiopia to discuss how the process of removing the fruit of the coffee cherry from the seed can drastically impact flavor of the coffee and the profitability of the producer. While washed-processed coffees can be more consistent and can be better protected against natural disasters that could ruin a crop, they also require large amounts of water that can be too costly for some co-ops or producers to use. Sun-Dried coffees are memorable and give producers are more economical way to process their coffees. However, the process is entirely dependent on unknown variables like the weather and time to be successful.

We host these classes each month as a way to share information and coffee with anyone who’s interested. Sign up at the bottom of the page here to subscribe to our newsletter, or reach out to us in the Contact Form with a question or idea for a class!