Friday, February 26, 2010

PNG Agoga. Yum.

Agoga Estate from Papua New Guinea, roasted by Intelligentsia.... went over so well today that I fell it deserves its very own blog post.

Dern good. One more time... just so dern good.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

End of February already?!

Here we are in the last week of February. It's gone by so fast! Our apologies for not keeping up so well with the blog updates... better late than never.

February has treated us well. We had a nice Spring teaser with the beautiful sunshine and 60 degree days for about a week. Can't wait for it to become a little more permanent, because let's face it, our little garage can only hold so many thirsty customers... we want patio weather!!!

Last week's artist reception for February's artist, Nicholette, was a blast! We had a great turnout, despite the rain and colder temperatures, and the crowd grew as the night went on and the Irish coffees kept flowing. Thank you all for coming out to support Nicholette and The Hub. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for info regarding March's festivities... perhaps more Irish coffees to celebrate the already-locally-famous works of that month's artist. But who will it be? Hint: It won't help to scratch this itch... he's that good. (I hope I'm not the only one that will actually be able to figure that out)

-The crowd inside the shop... so many that we had at least double this number stuck outside in the rain! Troopers.

We've been serving up some single-origin espresso (SOE) again at The Hub! The Guatemalan Honey Michicoy from Finca Vista Hermosa, roasted by Barefoot Coffee Roasters, has been hot. Sweet, thick, and chewy mouthcandy in espresso form. Mmhmm. For those of you that don't already know, SOE costs $1 extra, but it's a sure way to experience something you just won't get anywhere else (even more so than the usual Hub fare). Have it straight up, throw it over some water for an SOE americano, or have it with milk in a latté or cappuccino! Better yet, try it any number of ways and see how you like it best.

With the beginning of March just a week away, we'll be introducing a few new coffees to the lineup. Stay tuned to find out just what those new coffees may be!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Best compliment ever.

As quoted on our Facebook (here):

"Dear Friends at The Hub, You have ruined my life. I have always loved coffee, but somehow, mediocrity didn't bother me that much. Even when it was glaring. Even when what I was drinking made me want to spit it out, like the scene in Mulholland Drive when the Italian producer is served espresso. Now your fine establishm ...ent has shown the way to the realm of Gods. If I may quote a friend of mine: "Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now." I am ruined. Now when I am out of Reno, I desperately search out any non-chain coffee establishment hoping, praying that maybe their product won't be utter rubbish. But I know, as soon as I see the clientele, the ineptly grinning "barista", the "specials" menu. This will be the same as the others. I would be better off popping an ibuprofen and slamming a sugar laden, liver rending energy drink. I drop my head in disgust as I receive my Holy Communion from The Devil in a styrofoam cup (who uses styrofoam anymore?). I swill their crap water at the counter so the service can see the look of disgust on my face. I try to keep it down as I run back to my truck to find my water bottle. What will become of my life? How will I ever find satisfaction or fulfillment? Must I stay in Reno forever?

Anyway, Thank you, I love you,"

-Ian Baker

No, Ian... thank you, sir.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

February Art w/Nicholette Codding

A call to all Hub fans and art fans alike:

We have beautiful new artwork gracing the brick at The Hub for February! Now join us on February 19th (that's a Friday y'all!) to celebrate with this month's featured photographer, Nicholette Codding. The reception begins at close, 7 p.m., as this is an "after-hours" event. Anyone and everyone is welcome. Come and enjoy the artwork, talk to the artist, sip on some wonderful coffee, and show your support for the local scene! Let's make it a party!!! RSVP at our event page on Facebook (here!).

On a side note, Irish coffees will be our drink of choice, and you can sip on a few too for an easy $10 buy-in! Those wishing to join in the cocktail festivities will, of course, need to be of proper age (that's 21, yo!).

For those of you interested in learning more about our artist, the lovely Miss Nicholette, you can refer to her website: