Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Old-school frappe at Hatte's Fine Coffee

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 9:30 AM

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The best things in life are freezing cold.That's what I discovered when I stepped into Hattie's Fine Coffee (4195 Somerset Drive, Prairie Village). The funky little coffee shop is tucked in the back of the Corinth Square shopping center to the right of the Hen House grocery store.

When I pushed through the door, a blast of bright, roasting coffee hit my nose. When the Folger's plant is gone from downtown, Hattie's might just be the way to get the same fix. A wooden counter runs the length of the small, rectangular space and wicker chairs sit open invitingly.  

"What can I get for you?" asked barista and pastry chef Sarah Pryor.

I asked her for the most popular cold drink at Hattie's, and she started on a frappe without hesitation. She laughed when I asked why the frappes (chocolate, caramel or white chocolate) were best-sellers.

"Oh, maybe because it's 95 degrees out," she said. "I think people want to cool down, and this gives you a little bit of sweetness to blend with the coffee taste." 

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The frappe from Hattie's was the right antidote for a day where it felt like I was

walking through soup. I ordered a chocolate frappe, at Sarah's suggestion, and found the blended milk drink to be smooth but not overly sweet. The chocolate didn't hide the two shots of espresso but was complementary, like a liquid chocolate-covered espresso bean. I took big pulls off the straw, eager to get to the bottom. It was as addictive as a Winstead's milkshake. This is the frappe I was promised in the Magic Bullet infomercial

click to enlarge The mini espresso cupcake and lemon bundt cake are tasty bites.
  • The mini espresso cupcake and lemon bundt cake are tasty bites.
After only a month as a barista at Hattie's -- Pryor was hired by owner Gretchen Copeland, who purchased the shop earlier this year -- she admits she's become addicted to coffee. But her true passion is still the pastries she makes for the shop. Slices of cheesecake, cinnamon rolls, lemon bundt cake and miniature cupcakes are among the daily choices. She's in the process of setting up a business license this week for her bakery business, Cake Euphoria.
 
"The lemon bundt cake just sells itself. It's the only pastry in the case that people will order all day, whether it's 6 a.m. or 8 p.m.," Sarah says.

The lemon bundt cake is moist and dense, like a fresh lemon pound cake. The chocolate-espresso miniature cupcake (red velvet is the other choice) is the winner, though. Her secret is that she mixes a bit of espresso grounds to the batter. The cupcake is topped with swirl of cream cheese icing and a chocolate-covered espresso bean. 

Hattie's Fine Coffee is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 913-648-2326.

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