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Local cafe opens gourmet coffee shop

Local cafe opens gourmet coffee shop

Seven Mile Coffee Co. recently opened up next door to Seven Mile Café on 529 Bolivar St., open daily 7AM – 8PM, offering Stumptown Coffee, free wi-fi and fresh baked pastries. Photo By Nicole Arnold/Senior Staff Photographer

Local cafe opens gourmet coffee shop
January 16
00:00 2013

Emily Fryksater

The aroma of fresh-ground coffee beans and homemade desserts entice coffee lovers to Seven Mile Coffee, a branch of Seven Mile Café on West Congress Street, Denton’s newest coffee shop. They make mostly espresso drinks instead of typical drip coffee, serve fresh-baked pastries and emphasize knowing where their coffee is grown.

“We’re very passionate about our coffee and really wanted a place for the community to come and have a really good cup of coffee and a good environment to study, meet friends and eat,” Seven Mile Coffee owner Josi Klingele said.

Their coffee is either French press style or a pour-over. French press is when grounds steep in hot water and are pressed into a cup of coffee. At the pour-over bar, baristas put coffee grounds into three cone filters, then pour the hot water over the grounds into a cup below the filters.

“It makes for a smooth cup of coffee,” said barista Chris Blaylock. “It’s very interactive when you can watch the pour-over on the counter where you order. It smells great and tastes even better.”

Klingele buys the shop’s grounds from Stumptown Coffee, a specialty coffee roaster in Portland that purchases their coffee beans straight from farms instead of importing them.

When Seven Mile Coffee opened, Stumptown employees trained baristas at the new shop. Klingele also traveled to Portland to tour Stumptown facilities and for additional training.

“The Seven Mile latte is the best latte I’ve ever had,” said Emily Poulsen, a customer and UNT graduate performance student. “I think this is a very good environment for studying but I would like to see more artwork. It would liven it up, make it hip.”

Every week, Seven Mile Coffee imports beans from three different regions of the world including Ethiopia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Honduras and Rwanda.

“Each region has as a distinctive taste,” Klingele said. “For example the coffee from Ethiopia tastes like berries and floral and citrus. Coffee from Guatemala tastes more chocolaty and caramel.”

Seven Mile Coffee serves other cold drinks and rotates gluten-free desserts.

“We bake our own pies and cheesecakes,” Klingele said. “We make them all fresh here, and we bake daily next door at the Seven Mile Café.”

Klingele plans to have latte art competitions on the third Thursday of each month, where baristas create designs in their latte’s foam. Seven Mile also hosts “coffee cuppings,” an event similar to a wine tasting but with coffee.

“It’s a fun way to get the community involved with the coffee shop,” Klingele said. “We’ve only been open just a couple of weeks. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.”

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