Thursday, October 18, 2007

The George Costanza mumble

So Maya and I walked into Cafe Grumpy in Brooklyn a couple of weeks ago.

I didn't want a plain old latte, so I asked the barista if Grumpy made anything with more milk than a macchiato but not as much as a latte:

(barista) - Oh yeah, I can make you a (unintelligible)

(moi) - You can make me a what?

(barista) - a (unintelligible)

(moi) - What is that?

(barista) - Oh, it's like a barista drink - two shots of espresso and a little bit of steamed milk. Some baristas from San Francisco invented it and named it after the Ikea cup they served it in. You know, (unintelligible).

(moi) - Interesting. Can you say it again so I remember it?

The girl leans toward me, looks me straight in the eye, and slowly utters:

(barista) - (unintelligible).

(moi) - Ok, I'll have me one of those, please

The drink was almost as perfect as her George Costanza mumble. I think I make a better (unintelligible). Actually, here at Stella, we love (unintelligible) and take great pride in it. It is sort of our thing. We serve two kinds of (unintelligible) - a traditional latte and a cortado. The former has more milk then the latter, but they both really test the barista's chops and showcase their skills. An (unintelligible) is what I make for myself when I report to Stella.

I scoured the web and Ikea, but my search bore no fruit. No paydirt. I'm sure the cups have been discontinued. Perhaps the girl made the whole thing up, and thence the George Costanza mumble. If there are any Bay Area baristas reading this, please advise.

4 comments:

Mike White said...

it's called a "Gibraltar"...thought you might like to know.

Pavel Yusim said...

Thank you very much, sir, it's been killing me. I thought it was one of those impenetrable Ikea words, but it's not at all. I'm not sure why I didn't catch when she said it, I was probably just overwhelmed by being in New York.

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