Espuma: a weekly curated collection of coffee & chocolate themed articles, items & thoughts.
JUST THE CAPPUCCINO FROTH. FOR YOUR WEEKEND.
Quote for the weekend
Coffee & Reading the morning paper
[New Coffee Shop Alert] Washington, DC: “An industrial-style all-day cafe that roasts coffee from countries such as Ethiopia, Colombia, and Guatemala opened in Arlington late last month and just started serving food this week. Origin Coffee Lab & Kitchen takes up a 2,000-square-foot space on Pentagon Row, which recently rebranded as Westpost.”
[New Coffee Shop Alert] Washington, DC: “Lost Sock Roasters Open Their First Shop for Fruity Coffees and South American Snacks: The wholesaler for D.C. favorites like Baked & Wired opens a cafe in Takoma that sells pour-overs and Argentine empanadas” Read more!
Trending: Ben & Jerry’s has new flavors (7) topped with chocolate ganache: Whiskey Biz, Chocolate Caramel Cookie Dough, PB Over the Top, Salted Caramel Brownie, Strawberry Topped Tart, Thick Mint and Tiramisu! Yum. Which one will you try?
Valentine’s Gifts: Discover Bar & Cocoa’s top picks for Valentine’s Day gifts, here.
How-To: Tips from a florist. Increase your sales for Valentine’s Day in 2021!
Listening:This podcast episode with Carla Martin on fine cacao and chocolate, what ‘soil’ means, ethical research, and more.
Reading: Speaking of moderate ambient noise, how does noise affect how people taste bitterness, acidity, sweetness and coffee aroma + how much we’re willing to pay for coffee? A new study explains how. You can read the full paper, here.
We respect that your time is precious. Our reverence for time — whether for inspiration or reflection — is literally in our name, time cupsoul. When we listen to podcasts, to love one, we set the bar extremely high. Here are our favorite chocolate and/or coffee-themed podcasts that feel more like nourishment than noise.
Come one, come all. Gather ’round and let me tell you a tale of great chocolate…a tale of the brand Chocolate Story (Manufaktura Czekolady). The Polish chocolate maker has produced a delicious, complex chocolate bar with their 85% Colombian cocoa offering. We love trying cocoa beans from unique destinations… and also love trying chocolate bars manufactured in unique countries from around the world. So when we saw Poland online in the Bar & Cocoa shop, we were immediately intrigued. Is Poland known for chocolate making? Is it an up-and-coming chocolate making country? Looks like Chocolate Story is the first bean-to-bar maker in the country!