Hot or cold, Virginia’s appetite for well-brewed coffee never ceases. While coffee is used to stimulate mental alertness, bolster energy, and get our day started, it’s worth viewing it as much more than simply a substance. After all, there are plenty of energy drinks and caffeine supplements that provide the same effects. No, coffee has become a ritual, a commonality over which different kinds of people can come together. Plus, you don’t want to start your morning with something that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
There are plenty of places with caffeinated creations, but one of Fredericksburg’s favorites is nestled within the downtown scene. Read on to find out more about Hyperion Espresso and how this kind of coffee differs from what you may find elsewhere.
You can find Hyperion Espresso in Historic Downtown Fredericksburg on the corner of William and Princess Anne streets. This shop, open daily, offers a full selection of coffees, teas, pastries, and snacks. Among the menu items, you’ll find hot and cold coffees, espresso drinks, frozen blended drinks, and more. The shop, which has been open since 1994, features a lovely outdoor patio that is perfect for lounging upon on a nice day. Please note that the outdoor seating is now non-smoking.
Coffee vs. Espresso
To some, coffee and espresso are the same thing. While this is true in essence, it pays to learn the differences between standard drip coffee and an espresso brew. This is why you can’t make a latte with your home coffee pot and expect it to taste the same as it does at the coffee shop.
First, all coffee comes from arabica beans. When you see different varieties, such as an “espresso blend,” all this means is that it is ground in a way that will work best for its intended extraction method. Espresso grind is much finer than a French press or even a drip coffee grind.
Along with differences in the grind, true espresso can only be made with an espresso machine. These machines are often fairly expensive, so unless you’re a true espresso addict, it’s probably cheaper to keep going to the coffee house. Espresso machines work by extracting a concentrated shot of coffee from the beans using high levels of pressure. This espresso is then either consumed by itself or added to a milk base to create some of your favorite coffeehouse drinks, such as the latte.
Mazda of Fredericksburg
Now that you know a little about the different coffee brews that exist, head over to Hyperion Espresso and order one. Then, visit Mazda of Fredericksburg for the best deals on the town’s most extensive selection.