Renaissance Specialty DrinksBeverages inspired by journeys around the world.
The Bottomless Cup :: Seattle
This will probably surprise you: Seattlites drink more coffee per capita than any other Americans. We're going to fill your cup one brew at a time so it's fresh. It's the closest thing to a Coffee Flight you can get. Perhaps you want to start with a smooth Columbian, then move to a piquant coffee from Chiapas. Now that your taste buds are awake, maybe you'll switch to a chocolately Indonesian like Timor, or Sumatra. Hop to the Mother of all coffee continents—Africa—for a little ancient Ethiopian or a mellow Kenyan. Then, go ahead, we dare you, top it all off with a rascally French Roast. Just don't forget, oh Coffee Soul Mate, to pay for your Bottomless Cup on your caffeinated dash from the building. Wanna share with a friend? Add a dollar to the price and drink away!
Coffee Milk :: Rhode Island
It's the State Beverage of Rhode Island and, many would say, the perfect marriage of milk and coffee. It's milk and coffee syrup (which is like chocolate syrup, but even yummier) and believe us, it's greater that the sum of it's parts. A customer from Rhode Island assured us that yes, not only are kids there raised on coffee milk from birth, in schools around the State, kids have had three choices for their lunch time half-pint milk carton: milk, chocolate milk, or coffee milk! At Renaissance it's 100% organic. Rhode Island or Bust!
The Black Drop :: Port Angeles
It's a renaissance kind of beverage—combining the best from cultures near and far, old and new. We're going to start with Coffee Milk, drop in a shot of intensely concentrated organic coffee like the Dutch of the 1800's favored, then top it all off with rich, organic milk froth. Served hot or cold, this is our own signature demonstration that Pacific Northwesterners know what to do with coffee and milk.
Iced Tea :: St Louis
The only kind of tea Americans can claim as our own, Iced Tea is said to have found its birth at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri,where an American tea company was hoping to woo the coffeedrinking masses. It was blistering hot at the Fair. Steamy tea was the last thing people wanted. Someone yelled “get some ice for this stuff, man” and the rest is (refreshing) history. In the American south they love it with loads of sugar, in So Cal, they brew it in the sun. Here in the Pacific Rim, we love the black teas and are pioneers in icing the greens, the whites, and, with all due credit to Berkeley, California, the botanicals. Everyday of summer we have our version of the classic black and a daily special dictated by the creative stirrings of the barista.
Milk and Honey Steamer :: Dungeness Valley
Our (smooth) Operations Manager, Jonel Lyons, grew up in a Sequim dairy family and had the brilliant idea to include her soothing blend of warm, creamy milk whipped with a touch of local honey. It's the perfect antidote to a drizzly Pacific Northwest day. People of all ages love Honey Steamers!
Café Au Lait
In Paris, your au lait may be brewed or it may be steamed as espresso. Here at Renaissance where all of our coffees must be quiet, we use a luscious coffee brewed with cold water for 16 hours. This syrupy brew is mingled with rich foamy milk. One sip and you're on La Rive Gauche.
Café Au Chocolat
Add smooth, rich chocolate for the match many argue is the worlds most delicious.
Enjoy this ancient style coffee, redolent with cardamom and thick with sugar. Each cup is slowly heated to a thick, frothy brew in the traditional ibrik, a narrow, copper boiling pot. Yours will be served in the traditional way, in a demitasse cup accompanied by a large glass of cool water. What? Of course we have a backgammon set in the house!
The French and Vietnamese have made exquisite fare together for centuries, including taking coffee to great heights. This deep, dark blend of French roast coffee and French chicory—a member of the sunflower family—brews slowly, then just as slowly drips into a waiting pool of sweet, rich condensed milk. A delivery of ice and a vigorous stir reveals how millions live joyful lives in the steamy climes of Vietnam.
Renaissance Sipping Chocolate
Spaniards won't live without it. This silky, decadent chocolate is more dessert than beverage. Everything in your cup is organic: to dark chocolate and cocoa we add the perfect compliment of cane sugar, then mellow it with sweet creamery milk.
Imagine a Saturday afternoon in a busy Mexican mercado. The aroma of exotic flowers, tortillas, and peppers. You round the corner to find this spicy coffee cooking away in a large clay pot (olla) over an open fire, ladled out to waiting mugs. This sweet, exotic coffee will transport you.
Leave it to the Cubans and their Floridian familia to mix the strongest coffee with copious cane sugar to create the perfect post-siesta drink. Don't even think of sipping this brew. Toss it back! Mucho Gusto!
Café Cubana Con Leche
Strong Coffee + Mountain of Sugar + Hot Milk. Mmmmmm, cielo dulce!
Sip this grassy brew consumed throughout Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Its flavor is alfalfa-like, with both bitter and sweet undertones. We like ours with a hint of honey. A mild, natural stimulant, mate' is packed with vitamins and minerals. In traditional, South American use, mate' is a communal beverage shared among friends and family, using the same small gourd and bombilla, (or straw). Here are Renaissance, enjoy your mate' one of two ways: brewed and served as tea or sip your mate' the traditional way, from gourd and bomilla, and take your gourd home with you!
$2.75 or $5.25
Well, okay, this isn't strictly Japanese, but in Kyoto, Japan's center of exchange and trade, the mood is for mixing. And so, we do. We think you'll be wooed by this blend of pure, organic Japanese Matcha tea ground fine, the traditional way, combined with sweet organic cane sugar and creamy organic soy milk. Instead of the ancient bamboo whisk used to blend the matcha, we use a battery-powered milk frother, without apologies. Because we think the people of uber-tech Kyoto would approve. Kids love this beverage. We offer it with a hint of ginger, if you'd like.
Redolent chai, made the traditional Indian way, with steamy rich milk and honey. You'll love the taste of this chai, and you'll appreciate knowing that this robust blend of tea and spices is based on traditional Ayurveda—the Hindu system of medicine, grounded in the idea of balance in bodily systems.
Enjoy this grassy, sweet botanical tea indigenous to South Africa. Sometimes referred to as Red Bush, or Massai Tea, rooibos is packed with anti-oxidants. But we like it for the mellow flavor, gorgeous rusty-red infusion, and the drowsy mood it evokes.
Silk Route Caravan Tea Blend
You'll travel the ancient Silk Route--which saw the trading of tons of tea in its time--with this Renaissance original. You'll taste the mellow botanicals of Africa, be tantalized by notes of Indian spices, assured by the muscular teas of Yunnan Province, enticed by the exotic flower and fruit infusions of Asia, and, in the background, what is that? Smoke? Yes, the smoke of your own Silk Route caravan campfire.