What does he do?
He turns the common morning beverage into artistry. I’m not talking about “Latte Art.” I mean the kind you taste long past the foamy top. Manol isn’t a fan of a lot of pomp and circumstance. You won’t see him posting selfies with his latest drink creation, but it’s possible you’ll find him roasting small-batch coffee in his shop while his two kids run circles around him.
When you tell Manol that he’s stubborn about his recipes, he usually just laughs it off. Much like a guy who lacks no confidence in what he brings to the table.
His branding is simple.
His process is meticulous.
His product is exceptional (or he tosses it).
I typically order a pourover of whichever roast Manol is most proud of that week. But when I’m feeling adventurous I’ll go for the Honey Cardamom Latte, the Goat Milk Cinnamon Mocha, or the Almond Butter Clove Latte.
In case it isn’t obvious yet, don’t show up expecting something quick from a machine. The last time I ordered Manol’s Turmeric Root Cinnamon Latte, I got a drink and a show. He pulled out a house-made fresh root turmeric elixer, a mortar and pestle, and an old tin box with an assortment of whole spices that he ground by hand….. to order!
Don’t ask for that at Starbucks.
Thank you Manol, and Cafe Zola for setting the local standard for fresh, creative, artisan drinks. And for pouring your heart into every cup.