Without coffee, society would literally crumble under the weight of unsound buildings erected by dozing construction workers and unfocused architects. Today's Groupon helps buttress the fragile social fabric: for $40, you get a two-hour specialty coffee-making class at Ipsento Coffee House and Roaster (an $80 value). Learn to brew aromatic bean brews thanks to an in-depth orientation led by Ipsento's java-savvy instructors in collaboration with Coffee Ambassadors, Ipsento's in-house supplier. The session begins with a brief review of coffee's storied past, complex science, and uncredited film cameos, followed by hands-on experimentation with various brewing contraptions. Budding baristas can nosh complimentary snacks while learning to percolate with perfection and French-press with finesse, and students sip each flavorful concoction as they learn. A charming, homey vibe permeates the intimate café space, its walls surrounding guests with bright hues, found objects, salvaged antiques, and well-adjusted mugs. Schedule your class online.
Attention to detail is key at Ipsento, where staffers artfully decorate lattes and taste test roasted coffee beans daily to guarantee their perfection. This kind of culture starts with Ipsento’s owner, who flies around the world sampling coffee while building rapport with bean producers and paying them more than fair-trade and market prices.
Ipsento serves its freshly roasted coffee in a cozy café where patrons can chat or type studiously on a fake laptop made out of cardboard. Behind the counter, talented baristas steam milk and pull shots from a state-of-the-art Slayer espresso machine. Using Jo Snow and other locally made syrups, they create cardamom-rose lattes and the signature Ipsento latte, flavored with coconut milk, honey, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. A small set of stairs leads to the back room, which is decorated with framed photos and windows repurposed as wall art. In this serene environment, music plays as patrons sip coffee and eat made-to-order sandwiches on croissants or sliced bread.
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