Talleyrand once wrote that, “Suave molecules of Mocha stir up your blood, without causing excess heat; the organ of thought receives from it a feeling of sympathy; work becomes easier and you will sit down without distress to your principal repast which will restore your body and afford you a calm, delicious night.” Well put for a man whose enduring reputation after a couple hundred years is that of an apostate who managed to betray both Napoleon and the Catholic Church in completely separate incidents. Perhaps the moral of the story is that coffee and its ritual really has something for everyone.
Whether we spend our coffee time meditating on the daily tasks ahead of us or as an excuse to sit down and dish with a friend, it does seem that coffee often acts as punctuation—marking a moment allotted for something special or different. It’s a grown-up’s self-imposed time out. That’s why we’re so grateful for the opening of Artifact Coffee, the perfect place to seek such respite and enjoy the perfect cup (engineered by head barista Allie Caran). Artifact features an amazing variety of specialty coffee and non-coffee drinks, and a menu of light eats that of course reflects the sensibility (and expertise) of owner Spike Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen ring any bells?). Highly recommended for those seeking a place to sip, think, and sip some more.
Artifact Coffee is located at 1500 Union Ave, Baltimore. Look for the sign with the big “A”. Visit www.artifactcoffee.com for hours and specials.