Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Coffee bar will open inside Good 2 Go Taco
Stir Coffee is new espresso bar from coffee-drinking couple Rip Rowan and Vanessa Peters.
DALLAS When beloved gourmet taco joint Good 2 Go Taco reopens in its new location on Peavy Road, it will come with a little "extra" inside: an espresso bar called Stir Coffee, launched by coffee-drinking couple Rip Rowan and Vanessa Peters.
Rowan is the engineer-musician-developer and co-owner with Salim Nourallah of Pleasant Lane Studios, where the one, the only Old 97's are known to record. Peters is the singer-songwriter who recently opened for Canadian singer Sarah Harmer, and the couple's resident java hound.
She explains the concept on their About Us page:
We started Stir in late 2010 for one simple reason: we are passionate about coffee. We wanted to introduce Dallas coffee drinkers to espresso made as it should be – with beans that aren’t over-roasted, on a machine that is temperature-controlled, by a barista that has been trained in the art of making coffee. We believe it is an art: it’s a skill acquired like any other, with thousands of hours of practice and countless shots pulled.
I spent years living in Italy, and spent part of my time there as a barista. Until recently, I couldn’t find espresso in the States that matched the flavor and intensity of the Italian espresso I loved; when I did find it, it was in New York or DC or San Francisco, but rarely in Texas. But a chance encounter with an incredible roaster in Austin led to Rip & I deciding to take the plunge and open our own espresso bar, and here we are.
We are not in the food business; we leave that to our good friends at Good 2 Go Taco. Stir serves only espresso drinks, press coffee, and cold-brewed toddy coffee (no drip). Our coffee is sourced from our favorite artisan roasters in Austin and Durham, and our baristas are all expertly trained in shot timing, extraction, water science, and milk texturing. We’re serious about coffee, and we’re here to stir up your feelings about it until you are just as passionate as we are
They'll be serving coffee from Cuvee, a micro-roaster in Spicewood, Texas, as well as Counter Culture, the North Carolina roaster internationally renowned for its excellent freshly roasted sustainable-etcetera beans.
"We aren't doing any roasting ourselves," Peters says. "And we're more of an espresso bar than a traditional coffee shop -- we'll have no Americanized drinks, no caramel lattes. I'm really passionate about traditional cappuccinos, and all of our house coffee will be made French-press style. The menu has just six espresso drinks which you can get hot or iced, and that's just because we really want to focus on quality and make the best drinks possible. We want to show the world what good coffee is about."
They're excited about their location inside Good 2 Go, Peters says. "It'll be people who are excited about good food, and we hope they'll be excited about good coffee, too."
"We were incubated so we only thought it right that we incubated someone else," Johnson says. "And it's a perfect fit. I don't know about coffee. I wouldn't know where to start and they're bringing in all these amazing coffee beans."
As for Good 2 Go, their latest forecast on opening date is December.
"We're pushing for a December opening, even if December isn't the best time to open a restaurant," Johnson says. "We got our first 'green tag' for plumbing, that's a major win. I was ready to dump the Gator-Ade on the contractor."
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