A few weeks ago I made the trek out to Gilbert, AZ and visited a number of coffee shops. I found some good ones and some bad ones. I wrote this during my visit.
Well I am sitting at Zephyr Esspresso Caffe (Gilbert Rd. & Warner) and it’s a beautiful Saturday morning. I’ve just ordered and I’m waiting for my doppio macchiato. I’m looking at the store and the first thing I have to say is the color choices are horrid. Maybe these photos will help. Why is everything painted burgundy? It is so ugly and makes the whole place feel dark and small. The chairs have really nice wood and unfortunately are invisible next to the burgundy.
The barista just walked over to my table and asked me to clarify my order. Here’s how the conversation went down.
Barista: “What is a doppio macchiato?”
Me: “Um, a doppio macchiato. It’s two shots of espresso with a dollop of foam.”
At this point the barista attempts to pronounce doppio and fails.
Barista: “What language is that?”
Me: “Um, it’s Italian for double, or two.”
Barista: “Why didn’t you just order a macchiato then?”
I gave up at this point because it was hopeless. I am happy to report that the doppio macchiato did arrive (it wasn’t that great) and so I at least got my order right, if you call a macchiato with no crema “right.”
James and Connie Lee are the owners of Zephyr and they have over a decade in the coffee business (they had a coffee shop by the same name in SF). I’m pretty sure they were the ones who took my order and made my drink. It’s confusing to me that they didn’t have some familiarity with the term ‘doppio.’ Oh well.
Just for the record I didn’t spell espresso wrong in the name, they actually do have espresso spelled as ‘esspresso’ on their signage. I wonder why. Maybe I should ask them what language it’s written in.
Maybe I’m making too big a deal about the lack of understanding with the word “doppio,” but I like to think it’s a common term.
Oh well, it’s one of the few choices in Gilbert and they do have free wireless internet. Just don’t order the doppio macchiato.
Here are a couple of photos to commemorate the occasion.
Update: Here is another sign. This shows the ‘esspresso’ on their signage. It doesn’t show the double ‘s’ on the outdoor signs but on the stickers on the door it does. Odd.