from the editor
Photo by Gagewood Photography
In my early 20's I owned a coffeehouse. My mentor witnessed the coffee craze percolating in Seattle and urged me to start the business before Starbucks began its takeover of Santa Barbara and the world. The advice was excellent and perfectly timed. I was successful, with lines spilling out the door for warm beverages and freshly made pastries in the morning, and salads, sandwiches, and iced pick-me-ups in the afternoon.
I learned a lot about coffee and running a coffeehouse, from types of beans and styles of roasting to brewing for the masses, pulling a shot (of espresso), and steaming — without scalding — the milk for espresso drinks. We had regulars with all types of drink requests, a novelty in the early ’90s (i.e., large half-caff, double-shot, skinny, extra-hot, extra-whip mocha). I even had one customer, a former Ford agency model we dubbed Foam Lady, who ordered a cup full of nothing but steamed, dry milk froth each day. My regular concoction was the opposite of that: a caffe breve, something only an early-20-something could drink without too much guilt (espresso with a heavy pour of creamy, steamed half-and-half).
While I don’t treat myself to a caffe breve every day anymore, I do buy locally roasted beans and add a splash of half-and-half to my cup.
Whatever you take in your cup, you’ll find no shortage of coffee choices in Reno-Tahoe. In the last few years, the coffee scene has exploded here. We have roasters and coffeehouses that have been around for years, which add to a plethora of new choices. Whether you’re a coffee nerd or just need fuel to power your adventures, warm up, or get a dose of pep, you’ll enjoy our profile of standout local roasters. Then read our tips and tricks for making a proper brew at home.
In addition to the focus on coffee in this year’s Drinks edition, you’ll also find stories on Bently Heritage Estate Distillery, beer clubs, tonics to boost your immune system<, cocktails to get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day, a spectacular wedding guide, and much more.
In 2019, I resolve to drink more delicious, locally roasted coffee and continue to support local drink (and food) entrepreneurs. Cheers to their enthusiasm and spirit.
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Happy New Year!
P.S. Please support Midtown Reno business owners during construction. The orange cones and single-lane closure look daunting. But actually, 84 parking spaces were added and it’s quick and easy to maneuver in the area.
Correction: We did not credit David Calvert for two of his photos that ran in the winter 2018 cover story. We regret the error.
About the Cover Illustration by Rick Sealock.