Espuma No. 51

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ESPUMA (noun: froth)

a weekly curated collection of

coffee & chocolate themed

articles, items & thoughts.

JUST THE CAPPUCCINO FROTH. FOR YOUR WEEKEND.

Coffee & Reading the morning paper

Good morning, DC, and happiest of Fridays.

[DC COFFEE GOSSIP] Dupont Circle! Have you gotten your free drip coffee yet? ala Coffee+More is providing drip coffee through the end of September.

[DC COFFEE GOSSIP] “D.C.’s Armenian community has a new place to gather over slices of layered honey cake, diamonds of baklava, and cups of unfiltered coffee served with imported dried apricots. Yerevan, a cafe and market named after the capital city of the Eurasian country, opened near the end of August in Adams Morgan.”

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Espuma No. 50

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ESPUMA (noun: froth)

a weekly curated collection of

coffee & chocolate themed

articles, items & thoughts.

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Coffee & Reading the morning paper

Good morning, DC, and happiest of Fridays.

[DC COFFEE GOSSIP] Dupont Circle! Breaking news. Ala restaurant just opened ala Coffee+More on Monday. FREE drip coffee through the end of September. We visited on opening day and it was delicious.

[DC COFFEE GOSSIP] Cafe Integral opened in the Generator hotel at 3900 Connecticut Avenue and the coffee is great. If you live in Dupont, mention it and get a discount!

[DC COFFEE GOSSIP] “D.C.’s Armenian community has a new place to gather over slices of layered honey cake, diamonds of baklava, and cups of unfiltered coffee served with imported dried apricots. Yerevan, a cafe and market named after the capital city of the Eurasian country, opened near the end of August in Adams Morgan.”

[READING] “Perfecting The Legendary Chocolate Martini”

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Espuma No. 49

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ESPUMA (noun: froth)

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Coffee & Reading the morning paper

Good morning, DC, and happiest of Fridays. Enjoy the beautiful autumn weather.

[NEW TIME CUPSOUL ARTICLE] Best Coffee Shops in Adams Morgan. We had a blast covering this list; I bet it has names that you haven’t tried.

[DC COFFEE GOSSIP] Cracked Eggery is now open in Cleveland Park and serves Compass Coffee 🙂 Another option for Cleveland Park folks, where good coffee is currently “slim pickings.” (+Their egg sandwiches look amazing.)

[DC COFFEE GOSSIP] Dupont Circle! Breaking news. Ala restaurant is opening ala Coffee+More on Monday. FREE drip coffee through the end of September. See their post below.

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Chocolate Heir Helped Create One of the Best Vacuum Cleaners?: The Amazing Story of Fry and Dyson

What do chocolate and vacuum cleaners have in common? Turns out, if you’re Dyson, quite a lot. This week, we stumbled upon Tim Ferris’s latest podcast episode (listen here) — a lively interview with Sir James Dyson. Within the first 10 minutes of the episode, you very quickly learn: Jeremy Fry, as in Fry’s Chocolate (Cadbury), helped Dyson to become the inventor that he is today. So, it’s fair to argue that chocolate, more specifically, the world’s oldest chocolate bar company (1866!), helped create the incredible Dyson brand.

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The Luxurious Chocolate Landscape of LetterPress Chocolate

This article was first published in 2017 and updated in August 2021.

The LetterPress Chocolate Small Batch, Bean to Bar chocolate bar, 70% Tanzania Kokoa Kamili, is worth writing home about. This fruity, tart, and exciting bar left Time Cupsoul wishing for more. This is some chocolate that’s worth tasting!

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“Approximately a ten hour drive from Tanzania’s main city of Dar es Salaam, Kokoa Kamili is based in the village of Mbingu (Kiswahili for Heaven) in the Kilombero Valley area of the Morogoro region bordering the Udzungwa Mountain National Park. Mbingu is fairly rural with no access to electricity or tarred roads for about sixty kilometers.”

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Espuma No. 45

ESPUMA (noun: froth)

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coffee & chocolate themed

articles, items & thoughts.

JUST THE CAPPUCCINO FROTH. FOR YOUR WEEKEND.

If you read Espuma #44, here, you’ll know that we’ve been waiting 5 weeks for a new refrigerator! Today is the sweet day — the day that the new fridge will come. Please cross your fingers that everything installs smoothly. We cannot WAIT to have a new fridge; it’s been such a process only using the freezer for all of our meals and refilling an ice box every 12 hours to try and keep vegetables or meat… not to mention milk for coffee… for 5 long weeks. We’re so thankful for our other appliances and comforts that still run, including air conditioning during this week’s scorching temps.

Thanks again to our sister who bought us a coffee during this stressful time. If you like our writing, we’d be honored and grateful if you bought us a coffee, too. Wishing you a great weekend.

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Espuma No. 38

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Coffee & Reading the morning paper

  • Today is my sister’s birthday and she reads every Friday!! 🙂 Happy birthday!
  • [Summer Article] What’s the Difference Between Iced Coffee & Cold-Brew? Lots of insights here. And we love the idea of Japanese style pour-over!
    • “Popularized in Japan, this style of preparing iced coffee is something you’re more likely to find at a specialty coffee shop. To make it, ice cubes are placed at the bottom of a pour-over device (like a Chemex) so that when the warm water is poured over the grounds at the top, the brewed coffee drips directly and immediately onto the ice. This method is particularly good for preserving the delicate, nuanced flavors of specialty coffee beans.”
  • [Chocolate News] For the first time ever, an Indian chocolate brand wins silver at the International Chocolate Awards. Yay!
  • [Travel Wish List]
    • Harrods just opened a chocolate “dream destination” in London! Beautiful.
    • Tony’s Chocolonely opens a shop in the Amsterdam airport. Finger’s crossed Amsterdam is our next destination or layover. Click for pictures.
    • A new chocolate exhibit in Strasbourg, France about the Schall Factory (video below)!
      • Curious about what it would mean to travel to France right now? This blog post by a French local helps explain how to visit during COVID-19 times (what you need to bring/do/expect).

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Espuma No. 37

ESPUMA (noun: froth)

a weekly curated collection of

coffee & chocolate themed

articles, items & thoughts.

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Coffee & Reading the morning paper

  • [DC Coffee News] Inside El Secreto de Rosita, a New Peruvian Bar on U Street With an Edgy Rainforest Vibe – NEW. “An attached cafe next-door is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily with to-go Italian coffee drinks, empanadas, muffins, and French pastries from Fresh Baguette.” We can’t wait to try their coffee!
  • [DC Coffee News] Compass Coffee has a NEW blended drink! “You asked for a delicious blended drink, so we delivered! And it’s available in all your favorite flavors: Vanilla, Caramel, Coconut, Chocolate. Each one is crafted with real ingredients that are made in-house like our fresh cold brew, all of our house flavors, and homemade whipped cream. Head to your local Compass Coffee to enjoy them all summer!”
  • [DC Chocolate News] The Chocolate House DC in Dupont Circle is “selling a limited number of 5pc Cicada gift boxes! Don’t worry these are just a classic salted caramel filling in a chocolate shell. If you are looking for REAL cicada chocolate, check out our friends at Chouquette Chocolate.” Fun!
  • 9 Can’t-Miss Chocolate Shops In The UK – “Melt has just launched a luxury chocolate box inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The quirky Eat Me box features 18 fresh chocolates, including delights such as smoked caramel, popping praline, and rhubarb and ginger. Going down the rabbit hole was never so delicious!” Which one have you visited?
  • Jordan Delights’ chocolate dates create a bridge to Middle Eastern culture & cuisine – “Khreis’s delectable products are made with organic dates grown in the Coachella Valley, dipped in 72% dark chocolate or white chocolate, then topped with a variety of nuts and spices including roasted almonds, pistachios, cardamom and coconut. The non-GMO and gluten-free Delights are made with fair-trade chocolate and can even be considered a “healthy dessert” option, thanks to antioxidant-packed dates.” Have you ever tried chocolate-covered dates? This makes us super nostalgic for our travels in the Middle East.

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