Drink Special: Clarity Cool Down by Caleb Savage

Happy Summer! 

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With the hot and humid Oklahoma City Summer, we decided our Summer Drink Special should be something nice and chilly! 

With a little help from Wilbur Curtis’ new Chill X, we’re pleased to present our vision of a coffee slush: the Clarity Cool Down!

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Coffee Slush?

Yes. The Clarity Cool Down is a Cold Brew Slush made with Brown Sugar and Minor Figures Oat M*lk! Using cold brew concentrate, the Cool Down has about as much caffeine as any of our regular coffee drinks, and since we’re using Oat M*lk, it’s also vegan!

But Seriously, A Coffee Slush?

Specialty Coffee sometimes gets a bad rap for being too serious about how coffee should be prepared and gets to decide what “is” and “is not” Specialty Coffee. We’re not really about that.

Specialty Coffee is about care. The care farmers and producers show when planting, harvesting, and processing coffee cherries and the care roasters and baristas show in preparing the coffee for service. While Specialty Coffee refers to a level of coffee quality scored at the farm or mill, specialty coffee is about preparing and showcasing great coffees, and we think our Clarity Cool Down does just that.

We’re super pumped to share our summer special with you! Stop by next time it’s a million degrees, and let the Clarity Cool Down help you beat the heat!

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New Artist: Jess Wedel by Lindsay Hill

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Blank Canvas, Jess Wedel

“These pieces are my permission to grieve, to love, to leave, to be okay in the midst of everything—relationships, endings, disease. Painting is the first place I allowed myself to make no mistakes and hear no opinions. Many of my pieces are crafted over stretches of time; late at night when I couldn’t sleep, in between chemo treatments, before boarding a plane to a faraway place.”

-Jess Wedel

We are so excited to be the first place to get to showcase Jess Wedel’s art! We hope you got to stop by to see the bright and beautiful work of Virginia Sitzes. If you missed her work, catch up here!

Jess Wedel is an OKC native with a love for travel and getting everything she can out of life. She is a self-taught artist with a passion that ignited from a friend giving her a canvas after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2016. She has climbed mountains and beat cancer, and we can see the beauty and the pain through each stroke.

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Two Knives in a Giftbox, Jess Wedel

“These are the colors of my redemption, triumph, and hope after a long, sorrowful journey. These brushstrokes represent my new music on life and how it has evolved. Nothing is held to a single form – there’s no model – there’s no subscribed meaning. It is very much about making all of that on your own. They are my response to a life I have found urgency in living. In heartbreakingly beautiful, non-nihilistic way, may my work remind you that we don’t have much time; death is close and few things really matter so live deeply and with uninhibited strokes.”

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We’re big fans of Jess’ work! Stop by next time you’re in the Arts District and come say hi and enjoy these beautiful paintings.

Coffee Questions: Great Coffee at Home by Caleb Savage

Home Brewing

“What’s the easiest way to improve my home brewing setup?”

Making coffee at home can be a lot of fun, but with recipes, brew methods, and brewing variables, making great coffee can be frustrating or feel like more work than it’s worth. We think coffee brewing should match your interest, time, budget, and taste. If it feels like making coffee at home is too complicated, too time intensive, or too costly, chances are, we can find a better way for you to make coffee!

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Interest

Is the idea of making a perfect cup of coffee overwhelming? Does the thought of breaking out a calculator to make coffee seem outrageous? Finding easy-to-use recipes from companies like KLLR Coffee or brewing methods like the Stagg XF and it’s “Fill-up” Method might be your solution!

Time

How much time do you want to invest in making a cup of coffee? Do you take your time in the mornings or do you base setting your alarm on the number of minutes it takes to get out of your house? If you’re short on time, immersion brewing methods like a French Press, Aeropress, or Clever Dripper may work best. Investing in an electric kettle like the Stagg EKG can hold a temperature for up to an hour, allowing you to heat up your kettle in advance!

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Budget

It’s easy to spend a lot of money on coffee equipment, but it doesn’t mean you have to. Some items like scales have a pretty large range in price, but it’s possible to find a quality scale that can the job done under $30. That being said, coffee grinders have a higher baseline for one that will grind your coffee consistently enough to be effective. We think the Baratza Encore gets you the most bang for your buck, but if you only use one brew method or go through a bag of coffee within a month, a Fellow Atmos might be a good alternative! Check out our last Coffee Questions post on freshness and using the Fellow Atmos Canister to keep it fresh.

Taste

If you prefer your coffee to taste clean with a sweet, bright acidity, you’re going to have difficulty being content with a French Press. If you enjoy the taste of espresso or americanos but aren’t interested in making espresso at home, an aeropress might be your best bet!

Using these four categories, we can help you take the next step with home brewing! Chat with a team member next time you’re in the shop and let us know what you’re most interested in and we can help!

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April in the Arts District: Festival of the Arts and OKC Memorial Marathon by Caleb Savage

The last weekend of April is an exciting time for the Arts District! Aside from the great events at the Civic Center, Museum of Art, and Myriad Gardens, it’s also time for the Festival of the Arts and the OKC Memorial Marathon!

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Festival of the Arts

Kicking off Tuesday, April 23rd and finishing up on Sunday, April 28th, the Festival of the Arts takes place right in our backyard in Bicentennial Park, in between the Civic Center & City Hall! The Festival of the Arts “is a community celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts, bringing a variety of talented artists together in downtown OKC’s Bicentennial Park. Festival of the Arts has been an OKC tradition since 1967, considered a rite of spring and a signature event for the Arts Council, with an average of 750,000 Festival attendees.”

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Find us from the Festival by crossing Walker at Colcord and walk through the Concourse of the Arts District Parking Garage to check out Joe O’Connell’s and Blessing Hancock’s “Small Talk About the Weather” (2016). We’re located along Main Street in Suite A, right before the South car entrance to the parking garage.

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Run to Remember

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Their mission is to “celebrate life, reach for the future, honor the memories of those who were killed and unite the world in hope. This is not just another marathon. It is a Run to Remember… and a race to show that we can each make a difference and change the world.” Remembering the events of April 19,1995, the marathon acts as the largest fundraiser for the OKC National Memorial & Museum.

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Instead of ending in Automobile Alley, this year’s finish line will be just outside the shop, on Hudson between Main & Sheridan! If you’re headed to the Finish Line, approach us from the west side of Hudson and turn west on Main Street! We’ll be open early at 6am on Sunday, the day of the race, to help you stay warm and alert while you wait on your favorite runners!

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It’s a good time to explore the Arts District! While you’re here, check out our latest artist, Virginia Sitzes!