Monday, June 16, 2014

A Small town with a Big Coffee Punch: Jenner and Café Aquatica

Café Aquatica is located in the tiniest town we encountered in our Vines to Vino Tour: Jenner.  Jenner, California is where the Russian River hits the Pacific Ocean; it also has a population of 136 people. 

Yeah, you read that right. 

Jenner also is known to have one of the best coffee shops on the Sonoma Coast: Café Aquatica.

Located right on the Russian River, Café Aquatica is all about craft.  They make everything from scratch using only the finest, Certified Organic and Non GMO ingredients.  Their baked treats are prepared and baked fresh daily by Monika & Jessica, both are graduates of the C.I.A. (the Culinary Institute of America in New York).

Café Aquatica uses Finca El Petén coffee (also known as Finca Java).  Their coffee beans come directly from their friends' 800 acre, Organic, fair-trade farm in Northern Nicaragua.  Finca El Petén is located in Los Robles, a rural community of 5,000 people in northern Nicaragua.  In 2007, the community began revitalizing this aging cattle farm, which sits roughly 1,000 meters above sea level, so that it can produce what is considered some of the best coffee in the world.

Café Aquatica micro-roast every batch on site and are careful to retain the true flavor notes of the beans.  Their coffee & espresso roasts are all light to medium (more caffeine that way).

So grab a coffee, a Certified Organic and Non GMO pastry, and spend a few hours watching the river pass by.  Who knows, Jenner’s population might make it to 137.    

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