Espumoso Coffee and Juice Bar
While waiting for our table at Hatties (review coming), we walked down the block of the Bishop’s Art District, and came across Espumoso’s Coffee and Juice Bar.
If you are anything like us, you cannot turn down a good coffee bar experience, especially since the Wal-Mart of coffee shops (you know the one I’m talking about) has taken the place of so many smaller, unique, neighborhood specialty coffee shops in the last few years. There is something rewarding about supporting a local coffee shop, knowing where they get their coffee beans, and calling the place your own. Espumoso’s has been opened since May 2nd, 2009.
Espumoso’s definitely has a feel all it’s own. Inside, it is a comfy place to get some work done (especially since they provide Free Wi-Fi) or just hang out with some friends. They also have a window seating area that looks out onto the neighborhood for some good people watching.
You won’t find many coffee shops with a menu as diverse as this one. From smoothies to ice cream, cakes to breakfast bowls, panini’s to empanada’s, and espresso to energy drinks, Espumoso’s is bound to have something that you are in the mood for.
While very serious about their drip coffee and espresso, they also serve 16 flavors of Dreyer’s Ice Cream, which finds it’s way into a lot of the coffee drinks and desserts. I tried the drip coffee and the espresso. Both were Illy Brand, and they were perfectly brewed. I mean, perfect. The drip coffee was rich and smooth, not too bitter, not too weak, not too strong. This was the best cup of coffee I have had in a long time.
Let me just tell you that if you like espresso, this is the place to get it. Really good espresso is less bitter than normal brewed coffee, and all the flavors are brought to the front of the palate. Chocolate, blueberry, moss, fungus, bruised peach… And this is really good espresso. You have to try this. Check out the amount of foam on the top. So smooth and sweet.
They also have a large list of specialty coffees. Here is a picture of the Cafe Con Leche with Cinnamon. It was very tasty.
Many of their desserts and snacks have a South American theme – empanadas, tres leches cake, guava and cream puff pastries… They also serve REAL fruit Smoothies (such as guanábana, passion fruit, açai, and lulo), the traditional coffee snacks (Biscotti, Blueberry/Banana/Chocolate muffins), and a wide variety of hot teas.
We had to try the handmade empanadas. Carissa got the beef, and Phillip got the chicken. They were really good. And I’m not just saying that – they really had a lot of flavor. Chickeny-cheesy-crispy goodness. This was a good snack.
This is the place to find unique and great-tasting food, and while our order took a little longer than had we gone to the chain coffee shop, it was well worth the wait. Phillip got a Cafe con Leche with the perfect amount of espresso, creamy thick foam, and just the right amount of cinnamon sweetness. Carissa ordered an iced Caramel Macchiato, with vanilla, steamed milk, and espresso, covered in chocolate and caramel sauce. We were not able to taste any of the food, but it looks incredible. If you check it out, try something different and let us know what you think!