Friday, August 26, 2016

Come for the coffee, stay for the avocado toast

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 2:40 PM

LACEY THACKER
  • Lacey Thacker
If there’s one thing Conway supports, it’s coffee shops. Zeteo Coffee joined the lineup in late 2015, opening to significant excitement from the community. And hey, for all you families with children, they’re located next door to share.the.love KIDSCLUB, with a handy little ordering window connecting the two.

The atmosphere at Zeteo is laid-back-coffee-shop-traditional. The windows covering two walls give a pleasant view to the outside world and allow for some of the best lighting you could ask for, while the white walls and tile bar further illuminate the space. To contrast are sturdy wooden tables made by a friend of the owners that pair well with the cement bar top. While at first glance the space seems a bit tight, once you step in and order you find there is exactly enough room. And if the main seating area gets a bit exciting, they’ve got a quiet room in back where you can read, study, and get caffeinated in silence.
LACEY THACKER
  • Lacey Thacker
My go-to espresso beverage is a latte, and that’s no different at Zeteo. In fact, they consistently make my favorite latte. The freshly-ground Onyx coffee is rich and perfectly brewed—and let’s face it, even good coffee isn’t that great if it’s not made well. The milk is always added in the ideal ratio, and they’re masters at the very important “leaf.” After all, coffee just tastes better if it’s attractive.

I’ve also had the mocha here several times, and while even good coffee shops sometimes over sweeten to appeal to the masses, Zeteo has so far resisted the urge. But, if their perfectly-sweetened mocha isn’t sweet enough for your taste, rest assured they’ll add an extra pump or two upon request.

And you know, the baristas at Zeteo are quick—but they also care about quality in a way I haven’t witnessed much. I’ve seen them remake a beverage when something doesn’t go exactly right in the process, even when it’s likely the customer wouldn’t have noticed the slight glitch.
LACEY THACKER
  • Lacey Thacker
But now, avocado toast. Barring some allergy, there’s just no good reason not to like avocado toast, particularly Zeteo’s. The thick slice of sourdough toast is covered with diced avocado—an unusual but attractive way to serve it—then topped with feta, bacon, and sunflower seeds, and even an egg, if you ask. Maybe I’m just not that creative, but I never would have thought to put sunflower seeds on avocado toast—and whoever came up with the idea is a genius I’ll thank forever. The combination is a rich, nutty flavor that fills your mouth with joy.

Of course, if you’re feeling like something just slightly less healthy, they also serve a croissant with bacon, egg, and melted Swiss cheese. Their house-made version rivals any similar sandwich you can find.

Zeteo Coffee is a win. They’ve got parking in a lot to the side, making it easy to access even if you’re not into parallel parking downtown. The atmosphere is comfortable, and their drinks are consistently well-brewed and artful. And, they’ve partnered with Living Water International to help bring safe, clean water to communities in need—what more could you ask for?

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