Drink Special: Agave Lime Latte Returns by Caleb Savage

Happy August OKC!

Broadway Musical Hamilton is at the Civic Center, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas is at the Museum of Art, and we’re less than two months away from Kings of Leon helping us open Scissortail Park! It’s a great time to be in the Arts District!

A new month means it’s time for a new drink special! Our Clarity Cool Down will be available all summer long, but for the month of August, we’re bringing back a favorite syrup from 2018, Agave Lime!

Background Art:   Jess Wedel

Background Art: Jess Wedel

More Than A Great Syrup

We never set out to make an average drink special. Sometimes good ideas takes months of refining until we’re ready to share it with our friends as a special. We love the complex sweetness, subtle vanilla and clean citrus taste of our agave lime syrup, but, as we said last year when we first released the Agave Lime Latte, agave and coffee have a number of similarities:

“Just like the coffee plant takes five years to mature and begin producing coffee cherries, an agave plant takes an average of eight to twelve years before it can be harvested for syrup, mezcal, or tequila. Coffee and agave are also similar in producing the final products of coffee (the drink) and mezcal or tequila. Farmers may choose to grow a handful of specific varieties of agave or coffee plant on the same farm and blend the juice or seeds or a cooperative might blend the same varieties from a number of farms into their final product.

Coffea arabica and agave tequilana are also unfortunately similar in their growing scarcity. For coffee, an explosive growth in consumption combined with low wages, climate change and disease threaten the availability of high quality coffee in coffee’s most famous and historic growing regions. For agave, a fluctuating market price, increasing popularity of agave nectar, and the fact that we’re often consuming a product planted over a decade ago impacts the price and quality of a Happy Hour Margarita.”

If milk drinks aren’t your thing but you still want to try the syrup, add it to an Espresso Cream Soda, Americano, or Cold Brew for a refreshing twist.

Background Art:   Jess Wedel

Background Art: Jess Wedel

See you in the shop soon!

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

Blank Canvas,  Jess Wedel

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.

Two Knives in a Giftbox , Jess Wedel

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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