The Rhode Island Coffee Guide
These local coffee spots are changing the roasting, grinding and brewing game by bringing quality beans to the Ocean State.
Bring that cafe feel to your home with these recipes from some of Rhode Island’s best baristas and bartenders. By Orrin Hanratty.
Maple Sage Syrup
From Shannon Wylie, owner of the Nook Coffee House
Perk up your at-home latte with this simple and sweet syrup. “It’s a different take on the winter flavor; the maple gives it that traditional New England flavor, with the sage adding a special twist,” says Wylie. She opened the Nook Coffee House in early 2016, because of her love of coffee shop culture.
2 cups hot water
2 cups maple syrup
1 cup sugar
½ cup fresh sage leaves
Combine all ingredients in saucepan over medium heat. Continuously stir until mixture comes to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow mixture to
cool and strain out sage leaves. Add syrup
to your favorite coffee drink.
The Nook Coffee House, 307 Main St., East Greenwich, 402-0029, nookcoffeehouse.com
“A Latte Experience”
From Brian DuTremble, coffee manager at Seven Stars Bakery
“Most people aren’t sitting around with latte equipment at home,” says DuTremble, who has worked at Seven Stars Bakery for six years. He’s in charge of quality control and barista training.
3 oz espresso
cinnamon for dusting
Brew espresso. Heat milk in the microwave until warm. Use a milk whisk to froth the milk. Pour milk over espresso. Dust with cinnamon.
Seven Stars Bakery, 820 Hope St., Providence; 342 Broadway, Providence; 20 Newman Ave., East Providence, 521-2200, sevenstarsbakery.com
From Shane DiBiasio, bartender at the East End
(This cocktail is not on the menu, but is made on special request.)
“It’s an often underutilized cocktail, and I love the idea of coffee and orange together. It’s a deep flavor that is classic for winter,” says DiBiasio, who began working at the East End when one of his mixology mentors, Kayleigh Speck, signed on as the bar manager.
1 oz Diplomatico Reserva rum
1 oz fresh espresso
1/2 oz Buffalo Trace bourbon cream
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
1/4 oz Galliano L’Autentico
1/4 oz simple syrup
3 dashes orange bitters
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange zest and grated espresso.
The East End, 224 Wickenden St., Providence, 433-9770, theeastendpvd.com
The Peppermint Patty Espresso Martini
From Megan Eddy, bar manager at MainStreet Coffee
The cool mint flavor paired with rich chocolate in this special concoction should get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day.
Megan Eddy has been the bar manager at MainStreet Coffee for nine years, and she loves talking coffee with new people at the friendly neighborhood spot that’s known for its potent and creative martinis.
2 ½ oz vanilla vodka
2 ½ oz Godiva chocolate liqueur
2 oz espresso
½ oz peppermint schnapps
Mix all ingredients together and shake with however much ice you want in a cocktail shaker, then strain into a martini glass.
MainStreet Coffee Coffee Shop and Espresso Martini Bar, 137 Main St., East Greenwich, 885-8787, mainstreet-coffee.com
Local Buzz: TLC Coffee Roasters in West Kingston developed a variegated roasting process that enhances both the lighter and heavier notes of each particular bean. The lighter roasts offer fruity, wine-like flavor and darker roasts extract a nuttier and bolder flavor.