Espuma No. 45

ESPUMA (noun: froth)

a weekly curated collection of

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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SOMA Chocolatemaker: Embodying the Essence of Chocolate

This article was written in 2018 and updated in 2020.

The 70 percent dark chocolate bar from Dreketi, Vanua Levu Island, Fiji, by Soma Chocolatemaker had a big reputation to live up to…

  1. Time Cupsoul had never eaten chocolate from Fiji
    • According to the brands’ packaging, Fiji’s national flag touts a cacao pod in lions paws (reputation signal and/or national pride, perhaps?) and also explains that, the Fijian concept of “vanua” means the land as an “extension of oneself; including one’s life, sustenance and culture”
  2. The tasting notes on the bar were listed as “chocolate, honey and grapefruit”
  3. The Soma Chocolatemaker chocolate molding is one of the most whimsical in the industry, notable for intricate details and a romantic rendition of the cacao forest (cacao pods, tropical birds, and cacao flowers)
aerial view of beach and huts
Photo by Damon Hall on Pexels.com

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Espuma No. 4

ESPUMA: Noun; Froth. A WEEKLY CURATED COLLECTION OF COFFEE & CHOCOLATE THEMED ARTICLES, ITEMS & THOUGHTS.

Just the cappuccino froth. For your weekend.

Quote for the weekend

Our mind is inherently calm in its most natural state. Our mind is like the bright, blue sky when we’re born. It’s like a blank canvas for a painting.

James davis

Coffee & THIS WEEK’S morning paper

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Some chocolate dessert

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Espuma No. 3

ESPUMA: Noun; Froth. A WEEKLY CURATED COLLECTION OF COFFEE & CHOCOLATE THEMED ARTICLES, ITEMS & THOUGHTS.

Just the cappuccino froth. For your weekend.

Quote for the weekend

Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.

C. JoyBell C.

Coffee & THIS WEEK’S morning paper

Some chocolate dessert

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Start Your Sunrise at Washington, DC’s Newest Coffee Roastery: The Roasted Boon Co.

The coffee is fantastic at The Roasted Boon Co., a brand new coffee shop and roastery in Shaw, DC. The roastery just opened it’s doors on July 20th and opens every day at 6 am, so if you are comfortable enough to grab takeaway during the pandemic, there is the advantage that you can arrive early and beat the crowds. (We were the only ones in the shop besides the baristas this week. Note that The Roasted Boon Co. is the only coffee shop we’re aware of that opens at 6 am in DC right now.) Plus, the cleanliness of the store seems top notch; each employee at The Roasted Boon Co. wears a mask, there is a Plexiglas pane in front of the register, and ample hand sanitizer for your use. You can also order things online, according to their store signage. As always, please trust your own judgement.

The Roasted Boon Co. Coffee Shop Interior
Image © time cupsoul. The interior of the Roasted Boon Co. roastery in Shaw, DC is decorated with a white Diedrich coffee roaster and colorful splashes and nods to the Eritrean “boon,” or coffee-making ceremony.

The coffee at the Roasted Boon Co is as we said — truly fantastic. We didn’t know what to expect of the new roastery, but the small latte that we got was honestly wonderful. An Ethiopian and Brazilian blend of beans, the espresso tasted rich, full-bodied and delicious. Having the option to get a “small” latte also added to our happiness; a latte with too much milk is never fun on a sweltering DC summer morning. The iced latte was the perfect size and had the optimal amount of ice.

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How to Support Local DC Coffee & Chocolate Shops During the Coronavirus Self-Quarantine

These are unprecedented times in recent human history. We now have the opportunity to be responsible and to stay at home to reduce the curve. As that this is a website about coffee shops and chocolate stores, we know that many local businesses will suffer during these trying times.

Please consider buying some coffee beans, chocolate bars, online merchandise or gift cards to support your favorite local brands and enjoy their delicious offerings in the safety of your own home. Below you will find our DC list.

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