Friday, October 17, 2008
Style File: Undergrounds Coffeehaus
If you're tired of corporate coffee, the same drinks and the same old assembly line wait, we've got just the java jolt you need. In tonight's Style File, Seven's Belkys Nerey takes us to a coffee house where you can sip a cup of joe that tastes like a banana split, play Guitar Hero with your friends or watch a movie.
WSVN -- With names like Grande, Mocha, Latte, Frapa-whatchas, ordering coffee is often like speaking a foreign tongue.
You won't need a translator at Undergrounds Coffeehaus in Fort Lauderdale. The shop's coffee queen, Aileen Liptak, speaks your language.
Aileen Liptak: "Everyone has a series of questions that I go through. It's like a questionnaire. Are you looking for something hot or cold? Do you like butterscotch? Do you like chocolate?"
Instead of the typical shots of vanilla or caramel, Aileen works as a "coffee chemist," mixing and matching ingredients you'd never expect in a cup of joe.
Aileen Liptak: "I just kinda go by smell, I go by feel."
Customer: "I usually get the 'grasshopper.' It's chocolate, mint and cold milk."
Bestsellers are the banana split coffee, which tastes just like the sweet treat, and the peanut butter cup latte.
Erin Lee: "Which is peanut butter, chocolate, espresso and steamed milk, and then you get a spoon, so you can get all the peanut butter out of the bottom."
Strangely enough, just as popular as the coffee at this java joint are the tater tots. Yes, blast from the past, tater tots.
Erin Lee: "There are a ton of different flavors of tater tots. You can get any kind of seasoning you want. Old bay, Parmesan, jerk. Bacon is what we have coming up."
What really makes this place special is the atmosphere.
The dimly-lit shop looks like a living room, and that's exactly how it's treated by the regulars.
Maren Cline: "It's very friendly, warm and comfortable here."
Erin Lee: "There's always something to do here. We'll play a game of scrabble. We'll sit and read."
The walls are lined with artwork, and there are tons of books, new and used, you can buy or just thumb through while you sip.
Brett Combs: "Some of the original stock of books were things we had sitting around our living room."
They even have a TV, so you can play video games like Guitar Hero or come on a themed movie night. There's definitely not a shortage of things to do here so get comfortable.
Well, not too comfortable.
Brett Combs: "Maybe, probably strolling around in your bathrobe might not work so much but yeah in general, it's your living room."
The most expensive coffee or tea is just under $4, and there's always something going on there, so check it out.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Underground Coffee Haus
2743 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL