Good morning, DC, and happiest of Friday’s. It’s raining here in the District, but we got our mini fridge this week (we’re still waiting on the big one to be replaced if you’ve been following this saga the past few ESPUMA’s).
The mini fridge is a tiny powerhouse and honestly, it’s made us so thankful for every working appliance that we have. Being able to keep fresh milk for our morning coffee, fresh vegetables and more, inside of a fridge, is honestly such a gift. Reminds us of the importance of gratitude; “you don’t know what you got until it’s gone.” Wishing you a great day and wonderful weekend. There’s a lot of exciting coffee and chocolate news in the area this week, and we published a fresh article on the art and lifestyle of slow living in a city like Washington, DC.
Slipstream just released their summer drink!“🍃🥥 Did you know that our Pandan Latte is back for summer?! Made with our toasted coconut infused pandan cream, it makes for a creamy and refreshing pick-me-up. Try it hot or iced 😎”
[DC COFFEE SHOP GOSSIP] Colada Shop is newly serving Lost Sock Coffee roasters 😉 Compass Coffee no more?! That’s a juicy tip! We can’t wait to visit this weekend for some Cuban vibes. Have you tested out their coffee yet? Comment below.
[TODAY/FRIDAY: FREE Dolcezza Coffee & Gelato in DC] Get a “SCOOP of RAINBOW CAKE at all of our shops THIS FRIDAY 6/18 from 12-5 PM 🥳🥳 […] Rainbow Cake is made using an AMAZING Rainbow Opera Cake (passionfruit buttercream, berry ganache, coconut dark chocolate glaze 🥥 and blueberry jam) created by our friend Chef Paola Velez (Maydan, Compass Rose, La Bodega) folded into our sweet cream gelato.” Wow! If you visit a gelato, please tag us on Instagram!
“With Onomea, Klassen wants to provide a more accessible, locally grown chocolate than Lonohana. The bars are about half the price of Lonohana’s bars, which hover around $16. While the chocolate for the Lonohana bars comes from Klassen’s own farm, cacao for Onomea is sourced from partner orchards on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island, making Onomea like the table wine to Lonohana’s estate wine, and another way to bring Hawai‘i-grown chocolate into our daily lives.”
[Chocolate News] We’re eating more chocolate. “Chocolate sales grew 4.2% during the pandemic, according to the National Confectioners Association’s 2021 State of Treating report. Chocolate also saw a boost from two pandemic consumer trends: increased interest in functional foods and the tendency to indulge during 2020.” Which chocolate bars have you been enjoying?
“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.”
[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.
[#Trending New Product: Chocolate-Filled Marshmallows] The story is really fun; the founder “worked in the kitchens of two Michelin three-star restaurants,” but always “had one thing on his mind: the perfect s’more. Since he was a kid on Long Island, enjoying summer nights around a campfire, singing along to Billy Joel (as Long Island kids do), Mike always wondered why someone didn’t just put the milk chocolate inside the marshmallow.” Read the rest of the chocolate-stuffed marshmallow story, here.
BBQing this weekend and this summer and eager to impress friends with your own s’mores? Why not try this luxury s’mores kit, or gift this box of 62% dark chocolate caramel Madagascar bourbon vanilla marshmallows? Now that’s a mouthful! 🙂
[#Science – Chocolate Bar Molds (Design/Shape of the Bar) Apparently Change How Chocolate Tastes and Feels] “When enjoying a chocolate bar, most people don’t think about how the molecules within it are organized. But different arrangements of the fats in chocolate can influence its taste and texture. Now, researchers have found that the side of a chocolate bar facing the mold has a more orderly crystalline structure than the side facing air, knowledge that might help chocolatiers produce tastier confections, the researchers say.”
[FREE Coffee on Memorial Day? Last Monday in May] “To welcome back our community of locals and commuters, we’d love to treat you to a FREE cup of coffee each Monday in May from 8am–11am!” Get more information and check out the vendors, including Swing’s, Dua and Compass Coffee! 🙂 “Just visit any of the following participating coffee shops on any Monday in May, mention the Welcome Back DC initiative, grab your Cuppa Joe & Go!”
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[FREE Coffee Monday’s in May!] So exciting! “To welcome back our community of locals and commuters, we’d love to treat you to a FREE cup of coffee each Monday in May from 8am–11am!” Get more information and check out the vendors, including Swing’s, Dua and Compass Coffee! 🙂 “Just visit any of the following participating coffee shops on any Monday in May, mention the Welcome Back DC initiative, grab your Cuppa Joe & Go!