I know Valentine’s Day is cheesy + silly + essentially created by Hallmark but it is also fun to indulge in the love! In honor of that love, come by the shop TODAY because on this Valentine’s Day Argonaut has made you donuts; a little sweetness 'cause we’re so sweet on you!
This year, we want to share our top 14 coffee things, the things we love the most and use everyday at the shop but conveniently can also be used in your home for your own coffee brewing delight!
The Kalita Wave is, in our opinion, the ultimate home, single brew, pour-over. It gives you a well rounded flavor, showcasing the best of what your beans have to offer. Don’t forget the filters and Hario Electric Brewer. This brewer gives you the best pour with its goose-neck spout. If you are looking to hone in your coffee tasting experience we recommend investing in a kitchen scale to get the job done.
When brewing in your home, or anywhere for that matter it is important to get your priorities straight and don’t mess around- you need a Lucky Cat to ensure none of that bad luck seeps in.
For your garnishes we always have our trusty Kuhn Rikon peeler and Microplane Spice Grater (mini) within hands reach!
The best way to enjoy your freshly brewed coffee is of course in a mug by MF Pottery! They’re made here in town and are simply the best! If you are opting for a smaller version, using an Aeropress or home espresso machine and prefer an espresso or macchiato, notNeutral makes a heck of an espresso cup! And, don’t forget your demitasse spoon.
Of course, we have to say your cup of coffee can only be as good as the beans you brewed- stick with the always good, Blue Star Coffee, or for your more adventurous mornings, Lookout Coffee, roasted right here in Leavenworth!
Last, but certainly not least, you must always give heart when making coffee. If you don’t care, your coffee will never be as good as if you do. But, if you want someone else to do that last part just come down to Argonaut where we always serve coffee with all of our heart.
Love you guys + Happy Valentine’s Day!
As I write this, the snow is falling lightly out the window. Such a contrast to the heavy, wet snow we’ve been getting lately in Leavenworth. The town feels quiet. In order to build momentum and actually work on something today instead of letting the quiet softness lull me into a very tempting nap, I’ve brewed up a cup of some very fine beans: Lookout Coffee Roaster’s newest, Guatemalan Barrel Aged. Yes- the beans are aged in a barrel of wine before they are roasted. Just one of the great ideas coming from Jake Carvitto, the owner and roaster of Lookout Coffee.
At Argonaut, we’re always looking for the next adventure so working with Jake is a logical partnership. He chooses beans that excite him, they are interesting and exceptional. It is fun to work with someone here in town who loves coffee so much and in a different way, on a different side of the coin than ours.
A couple of weeks ago, Noah and I got the chance to take a peek behind the scenes: we had the honor of being the first guests to see Lookout’s roasting in action. In his 16ft X 18ft hut, Jake warmly welcomed us in. The smell reminiscent of popcorn was floating in the air, we knew the roasting had begun.
For his full time job, Jake is a science teacher and as we observed him working it was easy to see the science behind roasting. It’s all about precise measurements, temperatures, tracking, formulas, math, data, logs. If you want a different result, change the formula! Many people have asked us if we ever consider roasting beans ourselves and my answer is always the same- no, I am passionate about being a barista- I will leave the roasting up to the people who are passionate about roasting. Together we can make something beautiful.
Last week, Argonaut had the opportunity to help Jake with a coffee information event held at Rootsone Creative (a Co-Working space here in Leavenworth). It was a little information about coffee basics and A LOT of brewing- from espresso to pour-over to french press. We opened every kind of Lookout Coffee in order to taste the difference in type of bean and brew method. It was a fun time to get our hands dirty and talk coffee with friends and new faces, with those who knew much and those who knew little. That’s the thing about coffee- it has the power to bring people together, together on a common ground.