Coffee as Art – Discourse Coffee – Sister Bay, Wisconsin
Recently, my husband and I stopped by Discourse Coffee in Sister Bay, WI, for a cup of coffee.
This coffee shop is like no other I’ve been to. It boasts amazing eclectic coffee drinks made to order, along with ample seating, using a mix of decor, that encourages java lovers to relax, enjoy the moment and strike up a conversation–or two.
Discourse – Liquid Alchemy – Wisconsin Foodie (Video)
When we stopped in, we were greeted in the same way by Ryan and Robin Schladt Haymaker (from Reverie Roasters, Wichita, KS). Knowing that we were in good hands, we decided to skip the same-old-same-old coffee recipes with something made by these mad java mixologists.
We weren’t disappointed.
Ryan and Robin were sheer brilliant.
Both have a long list of credentials in the food and drink industry and it shows.
But what I found fascinating is that they call their shop a “liquid workshop.” I’d go so far to call it a culinary drink lab for the senses. Sure they can make the classic standbys or you can live on the wild side and allow them to apply their expertise in making some of the most one-of-a-kind java creations and concoctions you have ever tasted.
Purposefully, each drink starts with a story and from there the sky’s the limit. From the concept to the execution, each ingredient is carefully chosen to reflect that drink’s theme and nuance.
When we visited, the theme was classic films.
There were three selections for us to choose from and as expected, we chose all three.
The Don was made with an essence of smoke, smooth espresso, lightly creamed and a bullet? Yup.
Great care was taken so that all of the flavors could evolve with precision.
The Holy Pin had multi layers of sensory overload. Each one complimented the other, yet each layer was distinct in and of itself.
This drink was carefully created so that each layer could stand on its own.
Tears in Rain was an amazing amalgamation of ice and cream, sparkling and smooth, color and gray–it all worked–espresso included–into a drink that was out of this world.
A little cola was added to the mix to give it depth of flavor. Who would have thought?
All in all, this was an amazing experience for the palate and senses. Kudos on a job well-done, Ryan and Robin!
If you’re ever up in Door County, Discourse Coffee is a must for all coffee drink aficionados.
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