“This is my favorite part...” I think to myself as I sip a well-rounded Guatemalan coffee.
This was one of two Guatemalan options we had this season, and actually one we passed on.
Yes, above a creamy latte or a bold double shot, my tastes are best suited by a handcrafted cup of black, single origin coffee.
What is Single Origin Coffee?
It’s just what it sounds like, a coffee with a single origin; grown on one specific farm.
You see, coffee beans are subject to the their surroundings. Soil for example, provides the minerals and nutrients that shape a bean’s flavor. Whether grown in the volcanic soil of Kenya or the limestone and clay-rich soil of Guatemala’s Cobán region, each coffee paints a picture of the land and climate in which it was grown.
I enjoy reading each coffee’s unique “story” without obscuring its distinct individual flavors that differentiate it from every other coffee in the world. In this fashion its possible to take the daily cup of coffee from a mindless routine to a genuine experience of complete engagement.
Next week I’ll introduce our current single origin offerings and their individual characteristics.
Do you have a favorite yet?
I’d like to introduce our most popular specialty drinks.
The recipes themselves aren’t unique or groundbreaking. Instead we focus on quality ingredients and attention to detail.
For example, the base of any espresso beverage is what?
You guessed it… Espresso.
This is why our baristas are extensively trained on extracting the perfect shot. If a shot of espresso falls outside of our “Perfect Shot Parameters” it doesn’t make it into your drink.
We have chosen Tontine Espresso from Katz Coffee in Houston as our house espresso. We’ll talk about Tontine in more detail in an upcoming post so stay tuned.
Milk is another also extremely important.
After awhile you can tell by just listening if a barista is properly steaming milk. Put our baristas to the test and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the accuracy and consistency of your latte or cappuccino.
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Our goal has always been to build the absolute highest quality beverages we can. This goal requires a constant questioning, comparing, and re-evaluating of our products. This is especially true with our Chai.
How? ...because back in 2005 I worked in a shop in Austin, in which the owner’s mother would send him authentic masala chai from India. Since then I had never found such a perfect balance of sugar and spice in a chai, until last summer.
We are now proud to serve Maya Chai, and would like to share some of our chai favorites with you!
Kick things up a notch by adding our rich, bold espresso to a Chai Latte. Also known as a “Dirty Chai,” the Hotsy Totsy can be enjoyed hot, iced, or as a frappé.
Last week we laid out the basics of our Café Frappé: Espresso + Organic Dairy blended with Ice = rich, creamy, frozen, delicious, dreamy, amazing…you get the picture.
Although we can make any of our flavored lattes into a Frappé, today I’d like to share a few of our favorites with you. These Stellar Specialties are available year ‘round as lattes, hot OR iced, and yes... Frappés!
Take our classic Café Frappé, add a cinnamon-roll flavor twist, and you’ve got The Showboat! Rich caramel, cinnamon spice, and molassessy brown sugar blend into our frozen Frappé so delectably. You can stop there, or top it off with our Toasted Marshmallow whipped cream and a caramel drizzle for no additional charge!
The Model T
Appropriately named after a timeless classic, The Model T puts a Stellar twist on the Mocha Frappé. The Showboat is our classic Café Frappé, with Dark Chocolate and a touch of Toasted Marshmallow sweetness. These flavors are made with pure cane sugar, no high-fructose corn syrup here! Enjoy it with or without a Toasted Marshmallow whipped cream topping and Dark Chocolate drizzle.
As summer reaches full swing we want to keep you as cool as possible. That’s why for the coming weeks we’re spotlighting our Frappés!
What’s a Frappé?!
The word Frappé has a French origin, meaning “iced,” and has recently become the name of choice for “blended espresso beverages.” Here at Stellar Cafe, our original Espresso Frappé consists of espresso and an organic dairy base, blended with ice.
That seems pretty simple, what’s so special about it?
I’m really glad you asked! Most coffee shops prefer to use a powder base, due to its ease of use and its cost. After sampling MANY different powder bases and comparing them to our organic dairy base, the choice was clear. We want our customer to enjoy the creamiest, richest, highest quality Frappé available. Our organic dairy base consists of all organic ingredients including whole milk, cane syrup, and cream. Although it's priced much higher that powder bases we find it’s worth every penny, and we know you will too!
Once you have the basics down the options are endless. From flavors, to drizzles, to our toasted marshmallow whipped cream, tune in next week as we share some of our favorite frappé creations!
PS - FiveStar members be on the lookout for a discount on Frappés this week! If you're not a member yet, just text "STELLAR" to 578277 to join!
Continuing on with Arnold Palmer’s iced beverage of choice...
The Main Squeeze is a Stellar Café original, blending our Red Espresso and Lemonade.
Wait… What’s Red Espresso?
Great question! Red Espresso is essentially a Rooibos Tea. Learn more about our Red Espresso HERE!
The Main Squeeze is a double shot of our Red Espresso, poured over traditional lemonade, creating the most refreshing iced beverage for a hot summer day. The double shot of Red Espresso offers tons of antioxidants (10X more than regular rooibos tea), is caffeine free, and has a clean finish to round out a tart lemonade without adding any sugar.
Refreshing • Healthy • Delicious • Caffeine-Free
Whether you’ve been soaking up the sun at Rio Vista or hiking the trails at Purgatory Creek, grab a Main Squeeze to beat the heat and sooth your soul. Also delicious with a flavor splash of raspberry or peach!
Paying homage to the great Arnold Palmer...
And not to discount his 62 PGA Tour titles, but today we are saluting his namesake beverage of iced tea and lemonade.
We’re especially excited about our latest take on the old classic!
We just got our hands on our newest loose-leaf tea offering: Lavender Flower. Lavender Flower is an herbal tea, so its caffeine free. Brewed up fresh and mixed with traditional lemonade, it makes for a heavenly refreshing summertime favorite.
The Lavender Arnold Palmer is perfect for these hot summer days, and it’s a great caffeine-free option for the entire family.
We have the largest selection of loose-leaf teas in town, 24 at the moment including oolong, black, green, white, and herbal varieties. You can take home any of our loose leaf teas in 30g or 60g bags. Stop by to check out our current selection!
Last week we covered the basics on what makes our Iced Toddy so smooth and delicious. Today I’d like to spotlight a few of the many possibilities you have when it comes to crafting your perfect Toddy beverage.
First I’d like to introduce one of my favorite summertime treats, our Toddy Float!
Let's get familiar...
What is Toddy?
Toddy is one of many methods of “Cold Brewing” coffee, and the method that we adopted here at The Stellar Café years ago. But before we get into that…
What’s the difference in “Iced Coffee” and “Cold Brew?”
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