September Special: Turmeric Lattes! by Steve Willingham

There are still three weeks of summer, but September always makes us think fall. That's how we decided to approach September's new special: The Turmeric Latte

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We didn't invent turmeric lattes by any means. In fact, haldi ka doodh or "golden milk" has been around for literally thousands of years. The credit for inventing what we now call turmeric lattes usually goes to an ancient branch of medicine in India called Ayurveda. Turmeric is hailed for its anti-inflammatory properties, its abundance of antioxidants, and curcumin, the chemical that gives turmeric its bright yellow color and also helps immune cell function.

We decided to add a few accents to the turmeric latte: vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger. These help balance out the strong, distinct flavor from the turmeric itself. Then we sweeten it just a bit with sugar and mix it all together with milk. The result is a nice balance of sweet and spicy that is delicious by itself or with espresso.

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We're sad to see our summery drinks go, but it's exciting to be moving into fall. If you're not ready yet, we will have Maple Pecan Cold Brew for a few more days, and I'll let you in on a little secret: Espresso Cream Sodas are always available.

See you soon.

Watermelon Ginger Latte by Steve Willingham

Pretty often people give us weird looks when they see the new specials board at the beginning of the month. Why would we change that now?

This month's special is a Watermelon Ginger Latte. It sounds crazy, but hear us out.

The inspiration came from Caleb's wife, Abby, who will eat watermelon and candied ginger together as a snack. When we were tossing around ideas, this one really stuck out. Watermelon is the ultimate refreshing taste. It tastes like summer. At first we tried it by itself, and while it was delicious, it lacked complexity. It was just a straightforward sweet drink. So we used the watermelon-ginger snack idea to add another layer of flavor to the drink.

Then we tried something else fun. At first, we were testing juiced watermelon and simple syrup for the watermelon syrup, but when we used WTR MLN WTR instead of straight juice, we were totally in love with the flavor. WTR MLN WTR isn't that different. It is cold-pressed watermelon juice with just a bit of lemon, but it made a big difference for us.

That lemon makes the drink work so much better as a cold drink, so while we're really proud of the way this hot latte tastes, we're even more excited about how it works in our espresso cream soda. Sub this in for the usual vanilla syrup, and you've got an outstanding, refreshing cold coffee drink.

We'll have this all through the month of August, so get here and try it out!

Oh, and don't forget the Maple Pecan Cold Brew is still around too!

Time for Summer Drinks by Steve Willingham

It's time for summer drinks. Not only do we have all our drinks available iced, we've got cold brew flowing constantly and a couple of new specials for you to cool down with. Right now for cold brew, we've got a blend of two different Colombias from Heart Roasters that we are steeping for 14 hours to get a sweet, tart, floral iced coffee.

We always have a good time coming up with something new. Our June special, espresso cream sodas, are available in two flavors: vanilla and blueberry-ginger.

Vanilla cream soda is the classic. Think of our espresso cream soda as a caffeinated take on that using a little espresso added during the process of making homemade cream soda.

Blueberry-ginger is a unique take on the same idea. Instead of basing our cream soda with vanilla and sugar, we base it with fresh blueberry juice, ginger, and a little sugar. The result is a sweet and spicy but refreshing soda.

And don't forget iced teas. All our teas are available iced, but seriously, you need to try out the orangesicle rooibos.

Iced Citron Oolong Tea

Iced Citron Oolong Tea