For two weeks in June, I traveled through Greece, Turkey and Italy. The food, the beaches, the cities, the history, the ruins, the people, the shopping – all were incredible. But what did I do most at these destinations? I drank ridiculous amounts of coffee! Espresso, cappuccinos, American-style coffee, crazy thick & strong Turkish coffee… you name it – I was drinking it.
Courtney + Coffee = LOVE. I’m an addict. It started after college when I worked at The Driskill Hotel. Our F&B Director at the time (shout out to SW) introduced the property to Illy Coffee. That was the year that I said sayonara to S-bucks. It was then I realized I had been drinking criz-ap. SORRY ‘BOUT IT, S-bucks (you do have great iced tea though).
Over the past several years, Justin and I have made it our mission to figure out how to bring that perfect cup home. We grind our own beans and use a French press, but are currently on the hunt for an espresso machine for our home – so if you have any suggestions, let me know. The grinding and pressing might be Justin’s morning ritual, but I don’t have the patience. I, on the other hand, take the easy and more delicious route and head over to Teo Espresso and Gelato.
In Austin, no one comes close to having better coffee than Matthew Lee (aka Matteo, hence the name “Teo”). Teo is a little piece of Firenze right here in Austin. Matthew lived in Florence for years and learned his craft straight from the source – Vivoli. He is the real deal. The atmosphere at Teo, the espresso, the gelato (my fave is Salted Caramel), even Alberto the barista, is from Florence. Come on… how do you get much better than that?
Coffee is not something to ignore at your event. Sure, the venue or caterer will offer coffee with dessert or set out a coffee station, but listen to me RIGHT NOW! Don’t ignore this special sip. Give coffee a little love and respect!
Try a few of these ideas…
…serve Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Harvest Coffee Cider, Peppermint Mochas, Café au Eggnog
TOP IT OFF
…with Cinnamon Sticks, Chocolate Shavings, Fresh Whipped Cream, Rock Candy Sticks, Biscotti, Flavored Syrups, Cardamom Powder
ADD A LITTLE KICK
…with Kahlua, Tia Maria, Baileys Irish Cream, Grand Marnier, Whisky, Brandy, Frangelico or Amaretto
BRING THE COFFEE SHOP TO YOU
Call Teo and they will send out a barista, an espresso machine, and their gelato.
Ask them to serve Affogatos: espresso served over gelato.
PERSONALIZE YOUR JAVA
This weekend we have an Indian wedding celebration with a coffee set-up including chai tea and pistachio Kulfi (Indian ice cream).
Probably gulping down a medio cappuccino with an extra shot as you read this,