jrfeler Senior Member Joined: 22 Dec 2012 Posts: 28 Location: Palo Alto, CA Expertise: Just starting
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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 1:20pm Subject: Re: Memphis: A Lament
Former Memphis resident who has made pilgrimage to the Mecca that is the Bay Area checking in:
Last time I was in town, poplar perkn seemed to be the best option (because I might have had a friend who worked there and would let me pull my own shots when he was on shift...). I'm glad to hear that when I make my triumphant return for Thanksgiving, there will be options. I'm planning on coming out to Tamp and Tap. Is there some sort of beer/coffee happy hour? That would be pretty great.
alive Senior Member Joined: 28 May 2009 Posts: 6 Location: TN Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 6:05pm Subject: Re: Memphis: A Lament
For those of you who don't know Tamp & Tap has a special Bluegrass Brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm. It's on our website @ www.tampandtap.com
On Saturday, Nov. 16th we have a special event. WISEACRE BREWERY - the hot new Broad Street brewery that some of you may be familiar with - is rolling out a new beer and showcasing it here @ Tamp & Tap that day. It's a coffee-milk stout which they've aptly named Gotta Get Up Before You Get Down, a Metropolis Coffee infused new brew.
Everyone is welcome to come out and taste the first keg of its kind in Memphis. 10am-3pm this Saturday. Come join us!
Quite ironically, I had a job interview Monday, just a 3-minute walk from Tamp & Tap. So just to be safe ;) I drove downtown at about 8:30, for my 10:30 interview--and hung out in Tamp & Tap. I chatted with a very nice barista, who was (like me) dismayed that so many coffee shop employees don't even know what they're brewing.
I had two or three cups of drip coffee and it was excellent. I watched them prepare a couple of espresso drinks. No latte art (yet), but that's not a deal breaker. If the job comes through, I guess I'll be a frequent customer. :)
I'm amazed that just about every shop I've visited in Nashville uses bottomless portafilters, and pours latte art routinely. But Nashville has Vanderbilt and Belmont universities surrounded by coffee shops. In contrast, the University of Memphis has ONE shop nearby. It's a new location for a shop that's been in Memphis for years, and I won't name them here. The new location is a nice shop, but they serve nothing but Illy coffee for their espresso (and maybe their drip).
We just got a Memphis chain here in Jackson. It replaced a shop that did Americanos as their only coffee, so needless to say, I was pretty excited. The fact that it was local and fresh roasted made me even more stoked for this new spot to come to Jackson. Went there the other day, and while they have "fresh" roasted coffee (don't advertise roast date, just use by date--ugh), they have NO ESPRESSO MACHINE. They use a glorified Keurig with espresso pods and an auto milk frother. I glad to have brewed coffee over Americano-only, but this is ridiculous. All around the shop they advertise where they source from and how the coffee is fresh and locally roasted. But then they mock their product in how they prepare it. So sad.
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