Friday, July 13, 2018

Malvern Buttery

Subject: Malvern Buttery
Location: Malvern, PA
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

Since taking up beekeeping as a hobby, I have found that I do not mind driving around with swarms of bees in my car. Granted said bees are in contained boxes called "packages" so the danger of injury is limited to the box opening somehow, but nonetheless there is still something invigorating about high-risk insect chauffeuring. 

It was such a bee pick-up that brought me out to Malvern one sunny Sunday. Looking to pick up a couple packages of Russian-Italian hybrids, I had to meet a bee caravan out in the middle of Chester County, and not wanting to show up bee-lated, I arrived at my rendezvous early. Too early. Thus with a bit of time on my hands, I made a bee line to a local coffee purveyor of repute called the Malvern Buttery. 

Located on the ground floor of Eastside Flats Apartments, the Malvern Buttery is a wonderful chimera of a homemade kitchen, bakery and coffee bar. The interior is spacious and beautifully arrayed, with plenty of tables and an eat-now-pay-later approach that is both liberating and trusting. 

As for coffee, their bar operates without a front counter and involves a more open concept that blurs the line of barista space and customer territory, making it somewhat more communal in nature (though customers cannot make their own drinks). They utilize Counter Culture for their beans, and I ordered an espresso of the Cueva de los Llanos from Colombia as well as a filtered brew of the Galaxy blend. The espresso, pulled short with brown crema, tasted of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, sugar cookie, a little green apple and a bit of arugula, making for a rich, piquant infusion. The drip coffee also was dressed to the nines, with potent notes of blueberry, cherry jam, vanilla cookies, melon, light tomato and romaine in a light body. 

Quite pleased with my buttery experience, I left to pick up my bees with a great deal of pep in my step. If you happen to be nearby or stopping in town (with or without bees), check out the Malvern Buttery. 

These wonderful folks made this visit possible in part. Make sure to check them out!

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