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Ways to Espresso Yourself In Corpus Christi

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E S P R E S S O.

In its pure form, espresso is more popular in Europe than America, particularly in Italy. Though catching in America and Corpus Christi, common misconceptions have derived from espresso. Many believe that espresso is a dark, bitter to burnt-flavored roast of coffee.

This is not true at all! Espresso is not a roast, it is a method of preparing coffee. Espresso coffee is often blended from several roasts and varietals to form a bold and totally not bitter flavor! The finely ground coffee is tightly packed or tamped into a portafilter. Then, high-pressure water is forced through the grounds and extracted in small, concentrated amounts. Intensity is the key here. Hence we call it, "a shot" of espresso.

 

Here are some hand-picked examples on how you can espresso yourself today in Corpus Christi!

 


Coffee Waves

 
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Coffee Waves has this, special thing.... and its no secret. This special thing... is AMAZING in-house made gelato. Choose from a multitude of flavors that will have your taste buds singing.

Here is the fun part. Top off your gelato with a shot of espresso. Affagato, if you will. There's almost no better way to get your daily dose of caffeine than in a creamy scoop of gelato. The roasted espresso with the sweet, chilled and rich gelato will have you wishing the moment of its first taste will never leave your tongue. 5738 S Alameda St.

 

Island Joe's Coffee & Gallery

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Island Joe's on Padre Island is one of the many cafes in Corpus Christi to visit. It's a safe haven for any artist wishing to see a stunning photo gallery (primarily of Corpus Christi) all along the walls of the cafe. Island Joe's takes pride in its homemade syrups to compliment any espresso beverage. We recommend the cold brew espresso on tap. Get creative and add one of the in-house made syrups! 13919 S. Padre Island Dr.

 

 Hester's Cafe

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Hester's cafe gives its admirers a multitude of ways to espresso themselves. With the signature  "Latte of the Day", anything and everything is creatively possible! Try one of many espresso based drinks at Hester's Cafe and pair it with a sweet or savory treat. 3812 S. Alameda St.

 

Cafe Calypso

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Cafe Calypso is a charm in Corpus Christi. It is conveniently located next to Half-Priced books and have decadent homemade pastries and world coffee beans. To enjoy locally crafted espresso beans, head to this small, quaint and locally-loved cafe. Cafe Calypso specializes in their "Special Espresso" beans that are a must have for any espresso fan.

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An authentic experience begins at Cafe Calypso. So grab a book, a warm crafted beverage, and breathe in the atmosphere. 5425 S. Padre Island Dr.

 

Green Light Coffee

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Despite Starbucks’ popularization of the term Machiatto as a brand name, coffee aficionados know very well that a machiatto is made in an entirely different way. It is simply a shot of espresso with a layer of foamed milk. Simplicity is bliss!

Green Light Coffee has quickly become a staple in Corpus Christi's hot spots for coffee. With an industrial modern feel and a love for bringing coffee to visitors from their adorable, vintage Green Bus, Green Light Coffee offers something unique and enjoyable to the taste buds. Try their brownie bites paired with the espresso macchiato. You'll be glad ya did. 600 Leopard St., Suite 100

 

 Eleanor's Coffee Bar + Market

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Newest to the local coffee scene is Eleanor's Coffee Bar & Market. While Eleanor's may not be espresso per-say, let us talk about Eleanor's incredible specialty slow drip coffee. Because seriously...this stuff is a cup of heaven. Choose from a multitude of ways to have your coffee brewed such as V60, Chemex, Aeropress, and cold brew.

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Eleanor's Coffee Bar & Market offers a tasty choice of cashew and walnut milk to add to your cup of joy. Try the locally made bread and granola as a pairing for ultimate satisfaction. 4231 S. Alameda St.


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