New Basement Coffee Speakeasy

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Summertime and the livin' is speakeasy!

New Orleans is known for its melting pot of transatlantic cuisine. French, Spanish, African and Native American cultures bleed into a unique style of delish dishes that can't be found anywhere else. But while the food has made NOLA's name, coffee from the region hasn't found solid footing in the city, but little by little, drip by drip, specialty coffee is beginning to tantalize the tastebuds of The Big Easy.

Welcome Sólo Espresso! This quaint, basement speakeasy is nestled in the corner of Urquhart Street and Poland Avenue, on the first floor of a 75-year-old house. While the space is small at 400 square feet, the elements of the past you can find in this little bit of Heaven is limitless. Original barn doors, a table made of 100-year-old wood and a first-generation Synesso Cyncra espresso machine decorate the space and bring visitors into another era.

And what draws people in beyond the setting is, of course, the coffee. Guests can choose between naturally processed Brazil from Fazenda Irmas Pereira or the fully-washed Kichwa Tembo from Kenya.

"I don't want anyone to feel intimidated when order," owner Lauren Morlock said. "I want to educate people about the coffees, processes, roasts, extraction, etcetera, so they know what they're drinking. Hopefully they will feel a little more connected and have a different perspective on coffee." Read More