10 things to know about Foxtail Coffee
Get ready for your social media feeds to be inundated with even more coffee shots, if that is even possible.
Orlando's newest coffee shop is open for previews this week with its grand opening set for this Saturday, December 3rd.
Iain Yeakle and Alex Tchekmeian are the coffee masters behind Foxtail Coffee located at 1282 N Orange Avenue alongside other new businesses Create Your Nature and Winter Park Distillery's Bear and Peacock.
I was able to speak briefly with Iain to get some details on the new shop. Here are 10 things to know about your new spot to caff up.
1. Their coffee is roasted and ground on site, daily.
"We roast and grind the beans on-site fresh to order, so if someone orders an espresso it's ground before its put into the group head and brewed. If you can smell anything off the coffee after it's ground that's flavor you are losing from the cup so it's best to brew coffee immediately after it's ground."
For any coffee aficionados Iain explained to me that Foxtail uses burr and conical burr grinders which are larger than flat burrs, both transfer very little heat to the grounds. For wholesale customers they'd rather burr grind it and deliver it so it's brewed fresh. In house at Foxtail everything is ground right before brewing.
2. Where is the coffee sourced from?
"We have four Origins right now. One is Ethiopia yirgacheffe, others are from Chiapas Mexico, Guatemala, and a fair trade organic coffee from Honduras. We source many of our coffees directly from farmers who bring them into the US. We have connections with farms in Haiti, Ecuador, Colombia and Haiti."
They have plans to visit the farms themselves in the future.
3. They have pastries! Where are they coming from?
Different local bakeries will be delivering them daily, including Old Hearth Bread Company.
4. Do they have Wi-Fi?
Yes, as could be easily seen by a shop full of "laptoppers".
5. What options are there for creamers and sweeteners?
Almond, soy, coconut and cows milk. For sweeteners they have most standard options but they promote turbinado and also have honey.
6. Will there be coffee related events in the future?
"We'd like to offer roasting classes, so people can understand the process. We'd also like to host cupping classes so people can try different coffees that we roast and learn to discern the difference for example between an East African natural coffee verses a Central or South American coffee based on how it looks, smells, tastes."
7. Not a coffee drinker? Not to worry, Foxtail Coffee has something for you.
Matcha is on the menu as is a pretty stellar iced chai latte.
8. Do both Iain and Alex have a background in coffee?
Yes. Iain's background has been in wholesale roasting for about 5 years down in South Florida. Alex shares the same passion and throughout their long friendship they've talked about this project for a number of years, and now it's come to fruition.
9. What are the set hours at Foxtail Coffee?
After hours coffee lovers can rejoice. Foxtail will be open from 6AM - 8PM daily, seven days a week.
10. Why chose Orlando to set down Foxtail Coffee roots?
Iain lived here from 2004-2010 and really liked the city and the amount of small businesses popping up along with the culture. They decided they wanted to bring their project here and be a part of that culture.
We're so glad they did!