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October Drink Specials by Caleb Savage

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This Fall weather had us so excited for the next few months we launched our #PSL on the first day of Fall! We wrote about the Spice Islands and their impact in our favorite Fall Special here!

If you were a big fan of the London Fog, never fear! London Fogs are available year round on our Secret Menu!

INTRODUCING THE FIG THYME LATTE

We said goodbye to Maple Rosemary and now it’s time for the Fig Thyme Latte! Fans of the Maple Rosemary Latte will enjoy the balance of savory and sweet in our November drink special as the sweet fruitiness of Fig pairs will with the subtle and warm thyme flavor.

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FLAVORS OF FALL

Whether you’re all about the pop-culture phenomenon that is the Pumpkin Spice Latte or you’re looking for a more complex or savory way to celebrate the cooler temperatures, we’re excited to serve our new specials!

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Hearts for Hurricane Relief Latte Art Throwdown by Caleb Savage

Last night, members of the Oklahoma coffee community came together for “Hearts for Hurricane Relief,” a Latte Art Throwdown presented by Green Country Throwdowns and Elemental Coffee to aid relief efforts in response to Hurricane Harvey.  

Caleb, Tanner, Callie, and Steve all participated, but the competition was fierce. Ultimately Ben from Topeca Coffee took home the gold. Congratulations, Ben!

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Tanner Ruminer

Representing Clarity Coffee

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Callie Palmer

Representing Clarity Coffee

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Caleb Savage

Representing Clarity Coffee

What is a Latte Art Throwdown?

n a typical throwdown (aka pour down or latte art slam), baristas buy-in to enter the competition and the winner walks away with bragging rights and everyone else’s money. In last night’s event, all proceeds were donated to One America Appeal, “a joint appeal by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey.”

These events are a popular way for baristas all over the world to get together and show off one of the most easily recognizable skills in the coffee trade, latte art. While the rules change from event to event, typically two competitors face off by steaming and pouring a randomly selected basic latte design: a heart, tulip, or rosetta, into a randomly selected cup size: macchiato, cappuccino, or latte. Throwdowns are almost always an exciting and fun event for all and are a great chance for coffee fans, regulars, and friends to hang out and support your favorite barista! Generally, throwdowns are a lighthearted way for baristas to compete with each other and just hang out with friends, as compared to other more serious coffee events like the US or World Barista, Brewers, or Roasters Championships. We held a latte art throwdown last year. You can find a little recap of our event here.

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About One America Appeal

While initiated in response to Hurricane Harvey through the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation in Houston, the One America Appeal has been expanded to include those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. From the appeal, “All donations made today will go to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. In Texas, monies will go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region, and the Rebuild Texas Fund assisting communities across the state. In Florida, monies will go to the Florida Disaster Fund, which is the state’s official private fund to assist the state’s communities as they respond to and recover from destructive storms. We are actively exploring similar arrangements for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.”

We were thrilled to be able to sponsor the event with prizes for the winner, and we’re thankful for all of our friends who helped make this event happen! Shout outs: Oklahoma Shirt Company, Green Country Throwdowns, Anthem Brewing Company, District House, KLLR Coffee, DNA Designs, Saint Anthony Industries, Barista Magazine, Handground and Chemex Coffeemaker.

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!

Honey Lavender Latte by Paul Zimmerman

For the rest of March, we'll be serving a new Spring specialty drink on bar at the shop. We wanted to come up with a recipe that tasted fresh and sweet while paying homage to Spring and blooming flowers this month. 

Our Honey Lavender Latte is just that. 

We sourced local honey from Hilltop Farm outside of Guthrie, Oklahoma. After adding near-boiling water to thin it into a syrup, we add a few teaspoons of fresh lavender buds. Our friends at Savory Spice hooked us up with the lavender buds and are rad in general. You should definitely check them out at 4400 N Western Ave

After 30 minutes of steeping in the hot honey syrup, we remove the lavender buds via a tea strainer. This ensures that the lavender flavor and aroma are present in the final drink without being overpowering to the other components. Lavender is easy to over use and make whatever it's in taste like soap so we definitely wanted to avoid making it too strong. 

After letting it chill in the refrigerator, we start prepping our latte with the strained syrup. 
We pull espresso directly into a latte bowl with 30g of our syrup in it. Lastly, we add steamed milk to the espresso mixture. Voila! 

Sweet and creamy, floral and light. The local honey is delightfully incorporated in the creaminess of the milk while the lavender, as the main aroma, subtly compliments the citrus and chocolate flavors of the espresso. 

We're really stoked with the balance of sweet and floral of the Honey Lavender Latte. Come try one and tell us what you think! 


Cheers!