We see you over there, slinging lattés with your newly bought portafilter that glints in the sunlight. We see you using that certain tamp that all the baristas are saying is the next best thing since boba. We see you drawing in all sorts of coffee-lovers—the flannel-shirt-wearers, the frappé-slurping teenagers, the families who are on … Continue reading Dear Competing Coffeeshop
Some of our customers are homeless. Well, okay, do I know that they’re homeless? No. I have never asked. I do that thing they say you shouldn’t do: I make assumptions. Maybe they fumble for change. Maybe their clothes are stained with dirt and sweat. Maybe they ask for money. Whatever they do, I get … Continue reading All About Palate Coffee Brewery’s Pending Coffee
Thou shalt honor thy Palate brothers and sisters. Maybe you’re in a rush and you just wish your co-barista could sling a latté in half the time. Or perhaps they forgot to top up the syrup bottles and now you’re rooting through the cabinet for a bottle of vanilla. But to quote a classic hymnal … Continue reading The 10 Commandments of a Palate Barista
There are two important things I need to share with you. The first is that there was another proposal at Palate Coffee Brewery. The second is that we’ve got our Valentine’s Day drink specials in. I don’t know which thing I’m more excited about. No, we already told you about Yahia & Bréanne. (Which, by … Continue reading Love in the Air at Palate Coffee Brewery
“Twenty years and he wants a divorce.” I freeze. Soap bubbles still running on my hands. The lady leans across the coffee bar with sad, translucent eyes. Seconds ago, she was wincing about how we ran out of kombucha. Now she’s nodding her head, chin propped up by her hand, like, yes, so sad, but … Continue reading Jesus-sizing Coffee
What is there to do here? I feel my city girl coming out. Making beelines to hipster bars and any place with the words “Live Music.” But a change of scenery means a change of style and I’ve been adapting. Here's what I've discovered.