Vespr Craft Coffee & Allures Waterford Lakes
How much do you love coffee? I mean “REAL” coffee? Not the ones full of syrups and artificial flavors. For the true coffee aficionados, I’m excited to say I’ve found a place for you. Vespr Craft Coffee & Allures in the Waterford Lakes area will not disappoint. It’s only been open for a little over a month but this place is definitely amazing.
Vespr would be classified under the “Third Wave Coffee” movement. The first wave is coffee like Folger’s where you’re just drinking typical mass produced coffee. The second wave is where people start getting fancy with their coffee with their speciality roasts. Then we get to the third wave of coffee. This is for the person who takes it to another level. You truly adore coffee. You want to know where it came from, you want that perfectly brewed coffee, you appreciate the depths of the flavor. It’s all about the quality here.
As I entered Vespr, it came off as very spacious and minimalistic. The gray walls had a few quotes here and there but not much else going on. Chairs and tables against a wall here, large work table and bar stools there…I’m getting a workplace environment vibe as a opposed to a lounging on a couch place.
Before going up to the register, there’s a “sniff bar.” Definitely stop and take a moment to sniff the coffee beans and tea leaves.
Vespr offer baked goodies from bakeries around the US. Some were locally from here in Orlando such as Iced Bakery.
Unfortunately, the coffee beans are not roasted in house but they are ground to order and brewed by the cup. The coffee here is fair trade and single origin, meaning the coffee you buy comes from one specific area and your purchase benefits the farmers. Even though the coffee menu is limited, you’re getting higher quality coffee beans and Vespr constantly rotates the selection.
For hot coffee, you can elect to have it brewed with a siphon or with a trifecta brewer. I had the Marcala brewed on the Siphon, also known as a vacuum pot. If you choose to get your coffee via siphon, it is an additional $1.50. Getting your coffee the siphon route gives a lighter color and it removes the coffee oils. Alicia, one of the baristas made my coffee. It was SOOOOO cool. I hadn’t seen such a thing before and I was mesmerized by the orange glow. OOOOOOHHHHH! Depending on the coffee, it takes about 90 seconds or less for the coffee to be brewed. I’m not going to get into how it works since there’s a lot of fancy schmancy science stuff going on here between the pressure and water vapor. Alls I know, that it’s fantastic coffee. If you want to know how the process really works, the staff here would be happy to explain it to you.
The coffee is served in a double wall insulated glass. I loved the presentation of the beverages here!
The Barrel Smoked Sweet Iced Tea ($6.5) is a new favorite of mine! The mason jars are smoked with oak chips and a mint essential oil. The tea is served only in-house and you prepare it yourself. The ice is already in the mason jar. You can definitely smell the smokiness when you open the jar. The tea used is a loose leaf Yunnan tea (black tea) cold brewed for 10 hours. You’ll also get one ounce of Grade A Vermont maple syrup. This syrup has been aged for a year and what a difference it makes! It was a fun experience putting the tea and the syrup in the jar, and then shaking it all up. I was concerned initially if it was going to be too sweet with the maple syrup but it was perfect. It reached a nice balance without it being too sweet. An interesting side note is that the ice cubes are well, “cubed.” Vespr has a Kold-Draft ice machine which produces perfectly square ice cubes. Each cube is exactly one ounce and with it being cube shaped, the ice melts slowly. Such ingenuity!
Elderflower Champagne ($4) is non-alcoholic beverage made with natural elderflower syrup and carbonated distilled water. The glass is sprayed with a mist of rose hydrosol. The rose hydrosol is pretty much like an essential oil but more water based. This is a sensory delight as you smell the roses while drinking the elderflower champagne.
All the cups and lids are compostable. Even the stickers are compostable. After talking to Edd Siu, co-owner of Vespr, I saw how detailed everything was in here. It really surprised me and I had a wonderful time. This truly is a place focused on sustainability. Even for the folks who aren’t crazy coffee fanatics, you’ll find something you’ll enjoy here. Vespr will give you a unique experience, an amazing sensory journey! (And you can feel good about it too!)
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