Drink Special: Spring Americano by Caleb Savage

It’s Spring time in Oklahoma City! Main Street is turning green, meetings beginning at the shop are headed to the Myriad Gardens or Centennial Park, Bradford Pears are bringing the masses to their knees.

Honey Lavender Lattes have become a Spring favorite and will stay on the bar all month long. #SecretMenu tip: add Honey Lavender to an Espresso Cream Soda for an afternoon treat!

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Americanos are a staple for most people, but once the weather starts heating up, they start to fall out of favor. Iced americanos are great and they’re available every day in the cafe, but for our April drink special, we decided to put all of the best qualities of espresso and turn it into a drink!

Our Spring Americano is a sparkling iced americano made with a lemon and brown sugar syrup and topped with fresh mint! This drink accentuates what we love about great espresso: bright acidity, delicate florals, and a deep and rich sweetness! Mixed with sparkling water, this drink creates a foamy and refreshing Springtime treat!

This special will be available all month long so stop in on a sunny afternoon and give it a try!

Victoria Arduino Black Eagle by Caleb Savage

Our espresso machine is a Victoria Arduino Black Eagle. When we switched from the La Marzocco Strada EP last April, we talked about why we love the Black Eagle. This Championship level machine has been a lot of fun to work with and shows off the expertise of Victoria Arduino’s long history with espresso.

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Founded by Pier Teresio Arduino in 1905, Victoria Arduino exists to provide espresso machines with heavily researched technologies that lead to creating the “ultimate espresso coffee machine.”

“La Victoria,” Ardunio’s first machine and the company’s namesake, was named after the victory of his first machine, the summation of all of the efforts to develop and build his machine. Over the years, Arduino developed several different machines improving design and technology as innovations in power and mechanics occurred. The desire to constantly improve and innovate in both performance and design leads to Victoria Arduino’s current offerings of 9 different machines for the home, workplace, or coffee shop.

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With modern machines like the White Eagle, Black Eagle, and Theresia; or with heritage models that harken back to the vertical design of early espresso machines like the Venus, Victoria Arduino’s machines are beautiful. Lucky for us (and you), they also make outstanding espresso.

Coffee Questions: Is Espresso Coffee? by Caleb Savage

First in our Coffee Questions series, what’s the difference between coffee and espresso? With espresso flavored chocolates and desserts and coffee roasters creating blends specifically for espresso, the difference between espresso and coffee is easy to spot but can be difficult to describe.

What is Espresso?

From Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood’s “The Coffee Dictionary," espresso is “an intense, highly concentrated coffee beverage of a short measure. It is brewed under pressure, which creates a layer of foam on the drink called the crema."  Espresso is coffee, but coffee is not necessarily espresso.

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Generally put, espresso is the product of grinding any coffee far finer than you would for normal drip or filter coffee methods and using an espresso machine to extract all the warm fuzzy feelings and sweet acidity into a small one-to-two ounce beverage. We make our espresso using Victoria Arduino’s Black Eagle.

Strength and Flavor

For the daily “cup of coffee” drinker, drinking a shot of espresso is an intense, caffeine-filled experience.  While a great Chemex pour over can have a nice light body, with a sweet, clean, finish. Espresso can be brash, with a prominent flavor of something fruity or nutty, sweet, yet acidic. If we’re using the same coffee, and espresso is really just another way to make coffee, why is there such a clear difference in flavor and strength of espresso? While a 12oz pourover is about 12 times larger than a shot of espresso, we use roughly the same amount of dry coffee to make each beverage.  This concentration means more caffeine per sip and a more pronounced presentation of the different notes of the coffee.

So what’s an Espresso Blend?

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When coffee roasters put together an espresso blend, they’re looking for balance; they’re looking for flavors that can shine through milk; they’re looking for consistency from shot to shot. Sometimes they will find a coffee with a neutral flavor profile to base the blend and then highlight it with something spectacular. Just the base might taste bland, and just the highlight might make you pucker from sourness, but together, they can taste sweet and balanced, just the way we like it.

Blending coffees usually means finding coffees with similar densities, grown at similar elevations, so they have similar solubility, so they’ll extract at the same rate. Without matching solubilities, you might risk overextracting one coffee while you underextract another. Not sure what all that means? We’ll just have to cover that more in depth in a future Coffee Question!

Next time you need a cup, try a shot of espresso instead! Have question you’ve wondered about but never asked? Let us know!


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!