Tag: half and half
Three exciting updates to the coffee menu on Sunday:
1. Introducing our next coffee: La Malacara, El Salvador from Intelligentsia. Learn more here.
2. We will put our La Esperanza Organic Geisha into the espresso hopper for the first time for your (and our!) curiosity. Double shots will be $6.50
3. A new coffee/milk drink will be added to the menu. It's called "The Namesake" and combines a double shot of espresso poured over raw sugar with an appropriate amount of half & half and ice added after brewing. Sip on something cool and stylish this summer.
Also....maybe, just maybe some cool updates with our sparkling iced coffee...
Instead of offering a supplementary brunch menu this weekend, we will roll out our revised house menu. New permanent menu items include:
Ham Biscuit 7
Biscuits & Gravy 10
Ham Benedict 12.5
Turkey Club 10
Banh Mi Dog 8
To view the new menu in its entirety, just click on the "Menus" link above.
In addition, we will be serving MEDIAnoche tacos all weekend. Check out their menu at www.medianochestl.com
Just over two years ago, I traveled to Monserrate, Colombia to meet a group of Kaldi’s producers and judge their annual coffee cupping competition. Since 2008, Kaldi’s has been buying coffee from Monserrate in many forms. When I transitioned to Half & Half this year, I was glad that I’d still be serving coffee from the great producers in Monserrate. Just over a month ago, we served Kaldi’s offering of Colombia Monserrate. That coffee represented a blend from about 50 farmers in Monserrate. In addition to this community blend from Monserrate, the very top lots from a select few producers are separated and sold separately. This fall, Tyler Zimmer (Kaldi’s green coffee buyer) and I hatched an idea for Half & Half to source one of Monserrate’s top micro-lots and offer it exclusively to the St. Louis market. The micro-lot we sourced was produced strictly by Rudolfo Lopez on his farm El Jardin in Monserrate. It is 4 hectares in size (about 4 soccer fields) and sits between 1,600 and 1,650 meters in elevation. Rudolfo produced around 500 pounds of coffee for this micro-lot.
The name "El Jardin" translates to "The Garden." I won't get into it too far, but this is a coffee fit for that historic garden. Maybe even good enough for a snake to use it to lure one of its residents into a forbidden sip...El Jardin greets my palate with soft and velvety texture. Diving into the cup, I pick up glimpses of pineapple and mango. Just enough acidity to keep me from getting bored, and the kind of body that make me want to write vows.
Along with "El Jardin," we are serving Kaldi's Colombia Narino. While "El Jardin" represents a very, very micro offering of coffee, Narino gives a glimpse of Colombia's broad quality. It comes from the Empress de Narino cooperative, which is made up of about 60 producers. Not to be outdone, this coffee is a blissful, round cup. Its tart cherry and orange acidity make my mouth water. Toffee sweetness makes me keep drinking cup after cup.
Both of these Colombian coffees will be available starting this Saturday, February 4.