After working as baristas at local coffee shops, Jonathan Meadows and Nathan Shelton realized they could do better. “The more we were learning, the more we exceeded the expectations of the shop,” Meadows says.
So, they embarked on their own venture, Cultivar Coffee and Tea Co., taking over the former Stir Coffee storefront and sharing space with Good 2 Go Tacos at Garland and Peavy. The shop offers three to six different roasts a day, originating from Rwanda, Indonesia, Tanzania and Colombia.
For the espresso drinks, the baristas weigh every shot rather than relying on volume alone. And every drink comes in one size to maintain just the right ratio of milk and espresso. That way, you get a consistent brew each time, Meadows says. He picked up on these tricks after visiting some of the best coffee shops in the country, such as Intelligentsia in Chicago.
“That really fueled me and showed me that this is actually possible. There’s no reason to be afraid of doing something drastically different.”
Cultivar Coffee & Tea Co.
1146 Peavy, 469.387.6289
Ambiance: Hip coffee shop/taco joint vibe
Price range: $2-$5
Hours: Tues.-Sun. 7 A.m.-3 p.m.
• Did you know? Jonathan Meadows placed fifth in the South Central Regional Barista Competition. Read more about the Latte Throwdown here.
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