Espresso and milk, two nice issues that go nice collectively. However is there any solution to make an espresso primarily based milk beverage incorrectly? An excessive amount of milk? Scalding scorching milk on ice? Ice espresso to-go in a big cup that’s later crammed to the brim with half and half on the condiment bar? We take into consideration these items on a regular basis, and people like Superofficial (stylized as “superofficial”) are attempting to get solutions—and developing with some pleasant and thought-provoking signature drinks alongside the way in which.
Take superofficial’s Bestemmia—their tackle an iced cappuccino. Iced cappuccino is a little bit of a polarizing menu merchandise (some say it’s not even potential!) Maybe that’s why we love superofficial’s considerate tackle it. We spoke with co-owner Caitlin Matwijec-Walda to seek out out extra.
Inform us about your signature drink!
There’s lots occurring with this drink, actually! Is there any such factor as an iced cappuccino? There’s all these preconceived notions we’re alluding to by naming it The Bestemmia, which is Italian for Blasphemy. We’re at all times toeing the road between appreciating espresso tradition and historical past, and striving for a contemporary strategy that’s thrilling to individuals. You will get a 20-ounce cappuccino in some outlets, and in others, they’re very onerous and quick about how they serve it the “appropriate” method. At superofficial, we consider in figuring out drinks extra by their ratio of espresso to alt/milk than sizes, per se. We additionally consider in permitting the character of every espresso we serve to shine via, it doesn’t matter what else is added to the drink. The Bestemmia is the right instance of what we love to do. Making a 12-ounce cappuccino with a quad shot celebrates the espresso and makes a enjoyable drink that non-coffee nerds can even get into.
Who crafted your signature drink?
Jon Matwijec-Walda, co-owner and the man that makes all of the drinks, got here up with the Bestemmia. You’ll be able to inform as a result of he gave it a bizarre title, hoping to encourage a little bit of dialog in regards to the nature of the cappuccino and what makes a “good” drink.
What distinctive substances does it include?
We select one espresso from Sey to function a candy, fruit-forward base, add in some alt/milk, ice, after which prime with chilly foam. For the Bestemmia, we taste the chilly foam (made out of the alt/milk of the client’s selection) with only a contact of our house-made vanilla syrup. We riff on this consistently, however that is the OG, traditional model we at all times return to many times. Sey roasts in small heaps, so whereas we had it, we made a model of this known as the Peach Float utilizing Sey’s Genji Challa and a few peach bitters, and it was a secret menu favourite.
Is your signature drink served in a selected vessel? How did you make this selection?
In-store, we serve the Bestemmia in our Kinto tumblers. They’ve a traditional pint glass form, however are smaller and made out of skinny, elegant glass with only a trace of a roll on the rim. They immediately add a contact of sophistication to any drink, and spotlight the milky sweetness of the chilly foam because it meets the espresso and milk. If the client is part of our Huskee swap program, it’s served in a HuskeeCup. Whereas not clear, they’ve the added bonus of being environmentally pleasant, sturdy and moveable as heck, and have a novel, eye-catching look.
The place is it out there?
On the one and solely superofficial at 216 West Dominick Road in Rome, New York.
How a lot is it?
This unhealthy boy rings up at $7.00 USD.
How lengthy will it’s on the menu?
It’s at all times depending on the espresso we’re serving it with, so generally we characteristic it a bit extra, however it’s principally at all times out there!
Anything you’d prefer to share in regards to the drink?
As a result of it’s so espresso ahead, the Bestemmia has been an effective way to get individuals speaking in regards to the character of our totally different espresso choices. It virtually methods individuals into partaking with the espresso—it’s livened up with a little bit of vanilla chilly foam, however at its coronary heart, this drink is simply good espresso and milk. You’ll be able to pick the tasting notes so simply that even probably the most informal or disaffected espresso drinker can discover some sweetness and pleasure on this pared-down iced drink.