Poetry would be entirely composed of haikus and sonnets dedicated to cakes and pastries if poets didn't devour their idyllic subjects before having a chance to write. Today's Groupon says what meter and rhythm cannot: for $10, you get a punch card good for $20 worth of pastries, coffee, and more at Capitola Coffee Roasters and Patisserie.
Pastry chef Michaella Olavarri and her team at Capitola Coffee Roasters and Patisserie bake local and organic ingredients into decadent treats to pair with fresh coffee. Nimble hands roll out signature cinnamon-and-sugar village buns, which chill for 18 hours so that they rise like hordes of undead sponge dinosaurs. Spatulas fold fresh lemon curd and poppy seeds into scones ($2.50–$2.75), and layers of butter do the heavy lifting in flaky plain, chocolate, and almond croissants ($2–$3.50). Baristas reveal tricks to squeezing both coffee and mug from a bag of whole beans ($12.95), and blanket espresso shots in steamed milk to craft lattes and cappuccinos ($3+). Within the sunny, yellow parlor, the aromas of cookies, cakes, pies, and bread puddings hot from the oven fill the air, summoning sweet teeth and the spirit of Gloppy the Molasses Monster.
Capitola Coffee Roasters and Patisserie
There's meticulous attention to detail in every flakey layer of Capitola Coffee Roasters and Patisserie's baked goods. The team creates their pastries by hand each morning, but the process starts even earlier. They first source real butter, unbleached flour, and other organic ingredients when possible. Then they mix the dough, which in some cases chills for 20 hours. Each passing minute infuses the future treat with more texture and flavor. Only then is it ready to turn into a breakfast bun, croissant, or danish. As the day goes on, the oven welcomes other desserts: bread pudding, apple pies made with organic fruit, or perhaps a flour-less chocolate cake. Oftentimes, the deservedly proud bakers post photos of their current creation on Facebook.
Outside this kitchen, aromas of tea and fresh-roasted coffee dance their way through the air. Baristas mix and pour all sorts of caffeinated drinks, including cappuccino, lattes, and chai tea. They often add house made whipped cream or flavored syrups for extra flavor. While Capitola Coffee Roasters and Patisserie still emphasizes breakfast, the shop serves sandwiches and soup, also known as liquid sandwiches.