Blood Orange

February Special: Red Tea Latte by Steve Willingham

Don't panic. We still have Blood Orange Lattes too!

February's special is based on one of Urban Teahouse's amazing teas: Rooibos Zanzibar. 

While technically not a tea, rooibos, or red tea, has some tea like characteristics that make it perfect as an uncaffeinated alternative. The plant grows in the fynbos belt of South Africa's Western Cape. The leaves are picked and oxidized, much like tea, until they have the reddish brown color that gives it its nickname. Normally rooibos is steeped just like tea and sugar and milk are added to taste.

The Zanzibar part of the name comes from one of the "spice islands" off the coast of Tanzania. This tea has spices added to the leaves before steeping, specifically cloves and cinnamon that originate from there. These spices, along with a little orange oil, give this drink a lot of complexity that shines through a bit of milk and sugar giving it a nice balance.

We'll have this drink all month, so swing in and try it!
 

On espresso: Guatemala Diamante from Tweed by Steve Willingham

We have another new Guatemala Huehuetenango on espresso today!

Yesterday, we were featuring a Guatemalan coffee from Heart, and today's isn't grown too far from it. This one comes from the town of Agua Dulce from a farmer named Patricia Perez. She's an accomplished farmer with a good amount of name recognition in coffee circles. Her farm is small, like only five hectares small, but the coffee she produces is top notch, and small amounts of coffee aren't a barrier to selling coffee to micro roasters like Tweed.

This espresso is super chocolaty with a really nice orange acidity. In fact, it kind of tastes like it was made to be featured in a Blood Orange Latte. Come try it out.

 

The Blood Orange Latte is back! by Steve Willingham

Ingredients: blood oranges, sugar, espresso, and milk

We're so excited to have our favorite drink back on the menu. We introduced the blood orange latte just a few weeks after we opened, and it was an immediate crowd favorite. And for good reason!

Like all our drinks, we make it from scratch. In this case, we take fresh blood oranges, juice them, and stabilize the citrus with a bit of sugar and water. This syrupy juice is added to espresso and milk to make a creamy, citrusy, perfectly balanced drink.

We really can't wait to make you one!