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At Soul Good Espresso, The Soul Good Latte Is So, So Good

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Right here at On The Menu—a function collection on Sprudge devoted to the artwork of the signature beverage—we all know a scrumptious latte once we see one. That’s why we needed to attain out to Kristina Perez Thomas at Soul Good Espresso in Skokie, Illinois, the place they’re serving up a completely delectable drink made with orange blossom water, cinnamon, and recent espresso. The drink’s so good they named it eponymously: that is the Soul Good Latte at Soul Good Espresso.

This interview has been frivolously edited and condensed.

Thanks a lot for talking with us! Are you able to tell us somewhat extra about how Soul Good acquired began, and what the undertaking appears to be like like at present? 

I started engaged on launching Soul Good Espresso in 2018, and I imagined it as a small brick and mortar in our city of Skokie, Illinois. I used to be working within the hospitality business for over 15 years—managing a catering group and planning particular occasions/weddings—however was prepared for a change! I’d all the time needed to ultimately open my very own enterprise, particularly a espresso store, that might promote volunteerism and giving again. Mainly a neighborhood cafe the place you might get related with a brand new non-profit each few months and find out about methods to assist all of them whereas getting a cup of espresso/tea!

I began searching for areas all through 2019 and located a location RIGHT earlier than COVID-19 hit us. The deal/plan fell aside and I went again to the drafting board to reimagine what Soul Good Espresso may very well be in a post-COVID-19 world. I used to be following a ton of cellular cafes (principally in CA and TX) and figured it was value a shot! I acquired related with a builder in Nashville (Aero Construct) and shortly began planning the trailer design/construct. I had already purchased a used La Marzocco Traditional Linea two-group from an area roaster, again once I thought we’d have a brick and mortar house. So I designed the bar round that machine and simply stuffed within the items—we additionally use a Mahlkönig E65 grinder, a Mahlkönig GH2 grinder and a FETCO CBS 214 XTS brewer. We picked up the trailer from Nashville in March 2022 and opened our enterprise in April 2022!

We accomplice with 5 & Hoek Roasters (Wheaton, IL), Soul Chai (Portland, OR), Minor Figures, and Huge Coronary heart Tea (St. Louis, MO). There was an enormous studying curve in making ready to open as a cellular cafe, as I didn’t know something about electrical, turbines, hitching a trailer, and so on. However I’m so grateful for the expertise and for our group coming alongside us this 12 months with such superb assist.

We function the trailer Tuesday-Sunday and have a fairly constant service schedule at our native farmers market, park district and the Illinois Science & Know-how Park. Since opening we’ve partnered with the Niles Township Meals Pantry and an unbelievable group referred to as GirlForward. The most important want for GirlForward this summer season was female hygiene merchandise, and with the assist of our group, we collected over 3,000 maxi pads/tampons for them.

I’m so excited for the way forward for Soul Good Espresso and I’m presently searching for a location to host an INDOOR winter pop as much as get us via the chilly Chicago winters! We’re additionally planning a ton for the autumn, together with a brand new seasonal drinks, a brand new non-profit accomplice, an area visitor roaster and a brand new merch line.

Thanks so a lot, that’s all implausible. Inform us extra about your particular signature drink we’re that includes at present!

The SOUL GOOD latte is our signature drink, consisting of espresso, orange easy syrup, orange blossom water, cinnamon and milk. It looks like a hug in a cup, and tastes superb both sizzling or iced!

Who crafted your signature drink?

Me! As I used to be growing our launch/opening menu, I needed the primary spherical of seasonal drinks to mirror my private favourite taste profiles. The orange blossom water/cinnamon combo is one thing I usually put in my espresso at house and I knew it needed to be the anchor of our drink specials once we opened. It turned an prompt hit with our prospects so we saved it on our menu completely.

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What would you say is essentially the most distinctive ingredient on this drink?

Fingers down it’s the orange blossom water—it’s such a novel taste in distinction with the cinnamon and espresso.

Is your signature drink served in a selected vessel? How did you make this alternative?

Since we’re a cellular cafe, we serve all of our drinks in “to-go” cups or within the reusable cups we provide from KeepCup.

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How a lot is that this drink, and for how lengthy will it’s on the menu?

$6, and it’ll be served indefinitely.

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The rest you’d wish to share in regards to the drink?

Each time I take a sip of this drink, it jogs my memory of the early days once we first opened our enterprise. It’s our hottest drink so far—we’re so glad folks have loved it as a lot as we do!


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