I ran some errands on a Saturday morning and decided to hop around to three different, yet terrific, coffee shops within a mile from one another in KC's midtown. What developed was not just a flight of unique and rewarding espressos, but also what coffee shops should deliver - a taste of community.
Two years ago Jason went to San Francisco for a work trip covering beer, coffee, wine and cocktails. The LAB has designed the branding for Barista Nation for the last few years, and our team has attended several of the events. Jason went to the January, 2013 event hosted in the historic Women's Building in San Fran's Mission District. The event was a showcase of the Bay Area's strong coffee quality and culture with an assortment of big name guests flying in for the seminar including Katie Carguilo, former U.S. Barista Champion.
What is this mysterious phrase we're always referencing? You're about to find out.
What it means: "BeverageLife" - A passion to find, drink, and share the best libations available while celebrating those that have produced or delivered the drinking experience.
Sometimes "the best" is a surprising bottle of wine for $20, or an espresso from a new roaster that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "single origin." Whatever the drink, it's less about standards and more about experience - different, enchanting, melt-into-a-puddle-delicious - sometimes just the fact that your barista threw in an extra shot on the house, and it tasted that much better for it. However expressed, it's a lifestyle The LAB team is hooked on.
How to use it: "Our BeverageLife this week was on point!" or "Let's approach this new whiskey from a BeverageLife perspective." or "Just had to have another glass of that 2010 Pinot Noir. Ah, BeverageLife.". Give it a hashtag on social media = #BeverageLife, and connect with other beverage lovers.
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What we drank this week (and how we felt about it), in no particular order.
1. J. Rieger & Co. Kansas City Whiskey with an ice cube ... crisp and clean with dark caramel notes and sherry streaks throughout! The cube/water helps to open up the flavors and really allows the nose to be expressed while calming down the 92 proof beverage. - Michael
Welcome to the new #BeverageLife. We share our drink experiences, and you get to know us a little better. Thoughts? Chime in!
Jason: Caffeine Crawl OKC Prep Trip
It will always be tough to narrow down the best beverage experiences when we travel. I went to 10+ places in a day and a half, driving to Oklahoma City and back to KC. Coffee Slingers handed over a nice shot of their Huckleberry Espresso, and a Ritual blend as a double shot at Cafe Evoke was also on point for pleasing the demitasse orders. Had single-origin brews worth bragging about at Elemental Coffee, Syrup and Reverie Coffee (Wichita), and Topeca Coffee brews at both Cuppies and Joe and Gray Owl. The latte with Mariposa Coffee and a Bloody Mary using Oklahoma distilled Prairie Wolf vodka at Kitchen 324 could not have paired better with the biscuits and gravy plate I had - fuel for the drive back to KC on Sunday. The frosting on top was getting to catch up with Brad and Chris from Black Mesa Brewing Co. over beers and comfort food at the new Pump Bar. Exciting beverage things continue to happen in Oklahoma.