Espuma No. 51

close up photography of cocoa powder

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

photo of person pouring chocolate on a silver mini bowl

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! 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. 44

ESPUMA (noun: froth)

a weekly curated collection of

coffee & chocolate themed

articles, items & thoughts.

JUST THE CAPPUCCINO FROTH. FOR YOUR WEEKEND.

This past week was quite stressful — our fridge has been broken for almost 3 weeks (and we’re still waiting on the repair man), work doesn’t seem to slow down (but we’re so thankful to have a job), we’re planning an in-person/virtual bridal shower, and the general “overwhelm” just doesn’t seem to subside. We always enjoy our daily time cupsoul’s, those special quiet moments with coffee and chocolate that inject some calm. Since I don’t have access to cold milk this week, my sister wired me $5 to get a coffee. It was a small and beautiful gesture. If you can, I want to encourage you to buy someone a coffee this weekend; you will certainly change their day! No COVID pun intended, “spread” some kindness 🙂 Side effects probably include smiling. Please do pick someone from your family or friends to buy a coffee for, but if you like our writing, we’d be honored and grateful if you bought us a coffee, too!

Coffee & Reading the morning paper

  • [Chocolate Deal] We learned that Zotter Chocolates USA just launched their new website and you can get 10% off everything for a limited time using the code newsite2021.
  • [DC Cupcake Deal] Order cupcakes online from Georgetown Cupcake by midnight and use the code AUG2021 for 20% off!
  • [Coffee Article] 25 Coffee Shops to Visit Before You Die – A global tour of the world’s most interesting cafés
  • [Trending] Harry Potter chocolate frogs! “Feeling hungry for more Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery updates? Say no more. The mobile game’s latest challenge is all about the wizarding confectionary Chocolate Frogs, inviting players to complete existing in-game tasks to collect Chocolate Frog cards. Just like in the books and films, Chocolate Frog cards will feature different esteemed wizards, such as Albus Dumbledore and Garrick Ollivander. New cards will be added over time to each new seasonal Chocolate Frogs event – so watch out for more to collect.”
  • [Chocolate Holiday] Did you celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day this week? July 28th is still close enough… why not buy yourself a treat this weekend? We love Vosges’s creations. Perhaps start with these milk chocolate truffles from Exotic, Aztec, Italian and Groove collections?

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A Very Vosges Valentine: Unboxing the Alchemy of Egypt Chocolate Collection

Cleopatra Vosges Haut Chocolate Chocolate Alchemy of Egypt heart box
Vosges Chocolate “Alchemy of Egypt” Heart Box

Happy Valentine’s Day from Washington, DC ❤️ This is the Vosges Chocolate Alchemy of Egypt heart box, inspired by the deities, goddesses and queens of Egypt, and it is *stunning*. Vosges is truly the most luxurious chocolate on the market — the Rolex, Dior, Mercedes-Benz of cacao. This morning, we chose the Cleopatra bonbon, “Macedonian honey, figs and dark chocolate of 62% cacao are rolled in crispy white poppy seeds imbued with turquoise algae.” It’s incredible. This chocolate, dare we say, does Cleopatra justice. (If you’re interested in learning more about Cleopatra, the book pictured here is a fantastic primer to “the alchemist” herself.) You can buy this chocolate box or another collection, here. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Espuma No. 20

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

  • News: Govida is sadly closing all 128 of its stores in North America at the end of March 🙁 Read why, here.
  • Local: Have you heard about DC’s Ratzilla? Seen it? Did you hear that DC may get mopeds? Ciao!
  • 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: Why you’re more creative in coffee shops. One of the reasons is a moderate level of ambient noise.
  • 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.

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Espuma No. 19

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

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Cyber Monday’s Craft Chocolate Gift Guide

For the Chocolate Purists/Globe Trotters/Adventurists:

Any of these cocoa gift options from Bar & Cocoa may tempt you. The website has new international chocolate bars and gifts what seems like every week! We’re curious about the brand new Heinde & Verre brand. Have you tried it? Free shipping over $60 on US orders and more deals if you spend $150.

For the Chocolate Creatives/Meditators/Dreamers:

We truly are awe-inspired by the Vosges “Haut-Chocolat” brand and creations. Today is the last day for 20% off almost everything (!) and then starting on 12/2, they will have a “Magnificent Seven Days” of sales for SMS subscribers 🙂 Be sure to sign up via the link above.

For the Home/Chocolate and Coffee Kitchen:

Giving one of these glass votive candles might set the holiday “tone” by wafting aromas of warm sugar fig. How about gifting these slippers or these these made-to-order cups? We also like the style of these mugs. The site also has plenty of other gorgeous items for your kitchen, too.

Happy holiday shopping 🙂

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Black Friday Coffee & Chocolate Sales: Espuma No. 13

Espuma: a weekly curated collection of coffee & chocolate themed articles, items & thoughts.

JUST THE CAPPUCCINO FROTH. FOR YOUR WEEKEND.

Coffee & Reading the morning paper

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you that are celebrating. We’re sending out this newsletter today to wish everyone all the best and to provide some ideas for tomorrow’s online Black Friday sales. (Some have already started!) If you’re eager for shopping tips, keep scrolling.

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