I will start out this post by saying I may be a little blinded by love. The first time I visited this shop it was the morning after an epic concert with my best friend and we were just gobsmacked by all the beautiful people behind the bar...and on our side of the bar...and on the patio...hell, even in the parking lot. The space itself is even attractive. Everything about this cafe just screams aesthetically pleasing and I can say, without a doubt, that the coffee itself shines just as bright as the brand new Tesla Model S that I squealed over in the parking lot.
This last visit was a little more realistic considering I had gotten sleep the night before and was with my mother. We sat at the bar and ordered brunch. I ordered my favorite breakfast food, eggs Benedict. Go hard or go home. The dish itself was gorgeous (big surprise) and so good. I managed to eat my food like a lady, but I really just wanted to manhandle the little bits of toasted bread with meat and poached egg and shove as much of it in my face as possible. You are welcome, world, for my having self-control.
Now, let's talk about the coffee. I need your full attention on this. I have the honor of working at a shop with some of the most hardcore coffee enthusiasts in the country which affords me the opportunity to taste some seriously exquisite coffees from all over the world. I am not bringing this up to say, "Look how cool I am. I am so damn cool it sucks for anyone who isn't me.". I am just prefacing this next sentence with that information so you will know that my experience with coffee is more than just with low-budget beans. While bellied up to Ascension's bar, I had a V60 pour over of Kenya Kiruga that was mind blowing. This was a coffee that Ascension roasts themselves. It smelled like browned butter and tasted like dark cherries. The body was so smooth and the cup tasted fantastic to the very last drop. It was good enough that we bought a bag to take home and went through it in a week. I think about it often. *wipes the tears away* Where was I? Right....coffee. I also ordered Ascension's own "Levitate" espresso which is a blend of Guatemala, Brazil and New Guinea. It was a very soft and friendly espresso. The acidity was in good balance with the chocolatey sweetness. It really was a perfect shot for first thing in the morning. The staff is always knowledgable in the coffees they serve and are more than happy to talk about what they are preparing for you. Along with their own beans, they also offer pour overs from other roasters so you have plenty of options for which to get caffeinated. So go nuts.