Who makes the sig drinks?
Our signature drinks are all created and perfected by our staff. We love being able to get our team involved with curating our menu. The friendly competition is also a great team-building opportunity! We love to see when some of our staff members work together to create something special because, as they say, sometimes “two heads are better than one.” Some of our team-created beverages have been big hits!
Getting our sig drinks on the menu
The process for creating sig drinks has been perfected over the years and it goes like this:
First, the process operates a bit like the TV shows Iron Chef and Chopped. Management comes up with a list of ingredients that can be used. (Some ingredients are chosen for the season, some for their uniqueness if they’ve never been used in a sig drink before, and some because they are commonly liked flavors that make great-tasting drinks!) The only rules the staff have to follow are that the base of the beverage they create has to be one that appears on our regular menu–espresso, cold brew, tea, etc.
Staff members are able to experiment with different flavors, testing out various combinations and tweaking them to perfection for two or three weeks leading up to the judging. Each staff member is allowed to submit up to two coffee-based drinks and two tea-based drinks.
On the day of the sig drink judging, we bring in a special panel of judges, different each quarter. The judges selected include one staff member, usually from the coffee department to ensure that the flavors selected are complementary to the natural flavor notes of the coffee, and two or three customers who are regulars at our shop and have consumed our signature drinks in the past. Each judge is given a score sheet for judging every drink on its presentation and taste. We also factor in ease of creation, because all sig drinks chosen have to be able to be made in a reasonable amount of time behind the counter!