This past weekend, P and I celebrated Small Business Saturday by exploring two shops in the Jupiter – Tequesta area: Oceana Coffee, our local small-batch coffee roaster, and Nautical But Nice Trading Company, a boutique featuring kitschy, beach-themed goodies.
Oceana Coffee has two locations in Tequesta, Jupiter’s neighbor to the north. The first is an airy, industrial coffee lounge situated on U.S. Highway 1 in The Shoppes of Jupiter and the second is the actual roasting house and cafe on Old Dixie Highway. P and I originally planned to settle into the coffee lounge and sip some brew before our shopping spree. However, the credit card reader at the lounge was out of order so, after grabbing some cash from an ATM, we headed over to the roasting house to try our luck there.
When we opened the door, we were greeted by the large, Kelly green coffee roaster (dubbed the “green monster” by owners Scott and Amy Angelo), which roasts all of the Oceana coffee beans in small batches.
The machine lives up to its nickname. Hopefully next time we will get to see it in action.
Oceana Coffee specializes in the “pour-over” method, a Japanese technique for brewing individual cups of coffee. Unlike large amounts of hours-old “drip” coffee kept warm in carafes or the “dirty” coffee of percolators, each cup of “pour-over” coffee is made especially for one customer.
The freshly ground beans are placed in a filter inside a glass drip cone suspended over a coffee cup. A pouring kettle, which has a thin, swanlike spout, delivers a measured amount of water over several minutes as the coffee slowly brews. It is important that the water does not overflow the filter but trickles slowly through the ground beans to ensure the best flavor and texture. The technique takes time and patience – and is not for the early morning coffee drinker who prefers to push a button to get their caffeine fix.
I tried the Mexico Chiapas Fair Trade Organic Coffee via the pour-over method. The barista explained to me that the slow brewing process removes the oils, purifying the flavor of the coffee. I have to admit that she is right – my pour-over cup of Joe tasted clean and bright with a smooth finish, minus the standard coffee shop film floating on top. Our only regret is that P and I did not get to try the essential oils used for flavoring as opposed to chemical concoctions common at big name coffee shops. The oils are only available at the coffee lounge, not the roasting house and café. We will have to make another trip to Tequesta soon to sample their flavored lattes.
Interested in learning more about the pour-over method? Check out this article from The New York Times.
Our other stop on Small Business Saturday was Nautical But Nice: a tourist trap, women’s boutique, and home décor shop all rolled into one. Although not as big (or as creatively decorated) as its Stuart counterpart, Jupiter’s Nautical But Nice offers three rooms of beach-themed paraphernalia, from gold and silver jewelry and flip-flops to tropical artwork and souvenir magnets. For Christmas, the store decorates a myriad of trees with color-coordinated marine ornaments (think blown-glass fish and crustaceans, starfish with hand-painted bikinis and faces, and Santa in sunglasses).
If you are looking for a gift for a special someone, Nautical But Nice is sure to have it. We found a basket of painted driftwood signs and picked out the perfect gift for P’s brother, LC. Can you guess which sign we chose? They were all just too funny.
What local shops did you support on Small Business Saturday? I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time…
Oceana Coffee – U.S. 1 Coffee Lounge – 150 North U.S. Highway 1 – Unit #1 – Tequesta, FL – Roasting House and Café – 221 Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter, FL 33469
Nautical But Nice Trading Company – 265 U.S. Highway 1 – Tequesta, FL 33469