Ascension doesn’t have the typical coffee shop feel. Half of the café is a restaurant and the other half is a slow drip bar. On some nights, you might be serenaded by a local artist, dimmed lights, and a packed house. If you like cheese boards & wine, Ascension is right up your alley. If you’re thinking about getting breakfast here, I suggest the avocado toast. Too good.
If you’re a coffee lover like me, you are almost always drinking coffee. The recipe I tried out today isn’t anything new, but I certainly hadn’t tried it before. I started off with warming up my Breville. Go steam wand, go! I just had to get a steamy shot for my blog.
Next I pulled my shots and mixed them with 2 teaspoons of Nutella. I suggest also adding a tablespoon or two of hazelnut syrup. Mix it until the Nutella and espresso become one. Then you steam and pour your milk. If you want to get real fancy, you can make Nutella whip cream. However, I just dusted chocolate powder over my foam.
If you want it to be a bit sweeter I suggest adding another pump of hazelnut or a bit f sugar. However, it should be sweet enough with out sugar. This drink can easily become a summer staple. Don’t steam your milk. Just add ice cubes and cold milk. That’s what I call an iced Nutella latte.
If you really want to impress your guests, melt some Nutella. Dip the rim of your mug or cup — then dip it into crushed hazelnuts. You can even top off your drink with a Ferrero Rocher. Fancy huh?
Johnathon and I had our first date at Zenzero a little over 3 years ago. It’s also the first independent coffee shop I had been to. Weaning me off of Starbucks and 7/11 coffee (I still get my frappuccino fix though). I was introduced to a whole new world, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I ordered a cortado, and oh my, it was delicious. Zenzero is a bakery, cafe, and coffee shop. Their breakfast & brunch is uh-maze-ing. Be warned: you are going to want to buy EVERYTHING. My favorite pastries are the cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, and chocolate chip cookies. Suggested combination: drip coffee (drink it black) and a cinnamon roll. I will say that it gets packed at times but c’mon, treat yo self.
Formerly known as Roots, you’ll probably run into someone you know. The decor is inviting, dim lighting, couches, Thomas Jefferson light bulbs, wood finishes. I particularly enjoy the coffee shop to get some writing done. It’s typically filled with teenagers, and young adults. Friendly, smiling barista’s who occasionally get caught up in conversations with “the usual” customers.You won’t be greeted with snooty barista’s (you know you’ve met one). If you want a relaxed coffee shop which is inviting for going on dates, finishing homework, or discussing the importance of diversity, Edison is your best bet around the Denton County area.
You’ll have a warm cup of coffee with the option of buying pastries from The Flour Shop or a macaron from Joy Macarons. I prefer the macarons. My highly suggest trying their seasonal drinks. They’re ever changing, spunky, and who know’s — it might be the best concoction you’ve ever had. My favorite drink? A cortado. They also have pretty cool chalk art all year long, and merch that will make people think you’re an Edison ambassador. If you end up loving Edison, they now have a membership. You get a free Edison t-shirt, Edison tumbler, a member cash card ($20), 20% off coffee, drinks, food, classes, and merchandise, 4 member events and parties, and Edison snail mail. It costs $150 per year.
I personally have not purchased the membership, but the thought it still lingering. If you haven’t been to Edison, and you’re around the area — give it a shot. If all else fails, get a hot chocolate.
Trio Craft Coffee
I have a system when it comes to drinking coffee and ordering coffee. My system goes like this — every month, give or take, I order the same exact drink at every coffee shop that I go to. Eventually, I move on to a different drink. I collect this data aka I try to retain my “favorites” in a huge folder in my brain. With that said, I am going to start reviewing different coffee shops and the best drinks to purchase in those cafés. I want to start off with Trio Craft Coffee in Flower Mound, TX. They, hands down, have the best mocha I have ever had. I do admit I’ve consumed more than a human should. It’s a treat. A delicious chocolatey experience. The owners are so friendly and welcoming. For example, I was writing a business plan for my entrepreneurship class, and one of the requirements was to interview a business owner. I emailed Trio and Carlos (one of the owners) quickly replied. It was a short notice interview, and even though he still had to work — he took the time to answer my questions. Let me emphasis that this happened in a two day period. Yes, I was procrastinating. Coming across genuine and sweet business owners is rare. At least in my experience. It’s a welcoming coffee shop with friendly faces, delicious coffee and pastries.
Barista: a person whose job involves preparing and serving different types of coffee. In the summer of 2015, I was a barista for a whopping two months, but I do have previous customer service experience and my boyfriend has been a barista for the last six years — those stories are ten times worse than mine.. I only worked at Ebar Nordstrom for a month due to the cutting of hours. I went from working 20 hours to maybe 10 but that’s a different story. After the first month, I found myself being a barista for Peet’s Coffee.
The first incident was during the lunch rush hour. I was at the register ringing up a man who ordered a large lemonade (we only had three sizes: small, medium, and large). He paid, I told him his drink would be on the right side of the bar and that a barista would call out his name. I proceeded to attend the next couple of customers. Around customer number three or four — he got his beloved lemonade.
I would like to continue with the fact that I had maybe been working there for two weeks. This dude interrupted the current customer and said, “This isn’t the size I ordered. I wanted an extra large lemonade. You charged me for an extra large”. At this, I looked up extremely confused. “We only have three sizes, sir. Small, medium, and large,” I replied. “No but I ordered an extra large,” he was basically screaming at this point.
I obviously had no idea what to do, so I turned back to the assistant manager and I tell her exactly what is going on. She looked at the guy and said “We don’t have an extra large size. That is the biggest size we have.” I’m not sure what it was but he finally said ok and left. What? I was so nervous after this encounter, I honestly felt like I was going to cry. I am dead serious. The mixture of anger and embarrassment did that to me.
I am constantly looking back to all my customer experiences I have had, I still wonder why people on the other side of the register are always on a power trip. Yeah there are always exceptions, but for the majority of my experience that has been the case. Regardless, can we all just agree to be kind to one another? We’re all humans and we all deserve to treat each other as equals.