Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Morning Wake-Up: Guillermo's Gourmet Grounds

Posted By on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 7:23 AM

BOTTOMLESS:  I drink way too many of these at Guillermos.
  • Kat Robinson
  • BOTTOMLESS: I drink way too many of these at Guillermo's.
I spent four and a half years writing for a living, and it was wonderful. Never got around to getting myself an office.

Hans Oliver has been teasing me for months now about reserving my seat at Guillermo’s Gourmet Grounds. I started coming to G3 sporadically in 2010, and over the past eight or nine months I have become a regular. It’s a good spot to groove and write for hours on end.

Of course, I wouldn’t have been there in the first place had it not been for the coffee.

I’ve talked about Guillermo’s before… and the marvelous, dense, crumbly brownies. I don’t eat much there, but I do spend $5 and tax every time I go in for a bottomless cup. Since I went to drinking my coffee black, I’ve wanted good coffee that doesn’t taste stale. Never have to worry about that here. I haven’t found a coffee I haven’t liked at the Rodney Parham coffeeshop. I like the somewhat peppery Guatemalan and the smooth Italian Stallion. There’s always a couple of different varieties available by the cup.

When I don’t have time to spend a few hours savoring coffee and writing like a madman, I splurge and get a frou-frou beverage. I think my favorite concoction amongst the sweet stuff is a simple mocha made with almond milk. Now, I’ve used almond milk in all sorts of applications at home, have no clue why it never occurred to me to add in some to my coffee at home. Of course, that would require me to make coffee at home.

I have to hand it to Sammy, my usual barista. He’s always had a good question or two for me, kept tabs on my progress around and outside the state and gives me hints on which brew I’ll more likely enjoy.

Now that I’m transitioning to my new world, I’m not going to be able to spend hours on the couch next to the fireplace, typing my little heart out all over the laptop. I’m going to miss the atmosphere, but not the caffeination. Gonna keep getting myself some bags to take to work with me. *sigh* if only I could get daily delivery of some fresh brewed…

You’ll find Guillermo’s Gourmet Grounds in the shopping center on the northwest corner of Rodney Parham and I-430. It’s open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Check out the Facebook page or call (501) 228-4448.

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