By Donna Christopher
It’s not moody yet an air of sophistication lingers as does a homey feel.
That’s what it’s like to be at Rumors European Café at 22 Mill Plain Road in Danbury. It is next to Mill Plain Diner (I-84, Exit 4 Lake Ave.)
Owners Sabrina and Brian Hebert opened the upscale coffee shop in November and since then I’ve been in twice.
The accessibility is convenient for anyone living or working in and around the city.
Meanwhile, passersby may wish to include a stop at Rumors - Lake Ave. Exit (Interstate 84) while on their way to mundane medical appointments and routine shopping errands.
My recent coffee stop was to meet a friend who works in Brookfield.
A colleague had suggested Rumors to me a previous Sunday. On that occasion I noted the classy spot is also unassuming. I was hooked.
Lately I went on a frigid Thursday, and my friend and I ordered a pair of lattes, and a couple of sweets.
Mine was a blueberry scone that the barista brought warm to our table. There are also small sofas and soft seating, of course free WiFi and jazzy background music.
The coffee drink, like one enjoyed there previously, was of creamy skim milk blended evenly with fresh bean espresso, a mild tasting bean with no bitterness at all.
Barista Nick Maiorano explained why to me a few days later.
“You can use any beans to make espresso. What makes it espresso is it’s ground finer than drip coffee. The finer ground increases the surface area and extracts more of the flavor and the caffeine. Our house coffee is a blend of the owners’ two favorite beans. It’s a nice, medium roast. Our dark roast is not very bitter for a dark. It is a single origin bean from Costa Rica. They grow really great beans there. The espresso we make is considered a medium to medium, dark roast,” he said by phone.
My friend and I talked, and talked, and softly behind our conversation were songs by Sinatra and other jazzy music.
I must admit with the weather in the single digits, and our energy focused on the next snow, ice, then snowfall scenario we were expecting, my mind did drift to wishing Rumor was open later as closing time drew near.
So if you go to Rumors, here’s what to expect. Skones and croissants baked fresh on the premises throughout the day. The scones from a bakery in Illinois arrive as frozen dough then are baked on site, barista Nick Maiorano said.
Other baked goods, including coffee cake and cookies, are made off premises by area bakers. Croissants are baked fresh at Rumors as well. Other tasty treats include waffle, made to order, and served with fruit, Nutella spread and whipped cream.
Rumors has drawn a medley of regulars since the fall launch.
“We get a lot of our business from business meetings. It’s a more professional setting than other (coffee shops), a little more upscale, but homey too. People say it feels like they’re having a cup of coffee at someone’s house.: With the westside campus nearby, Western Connecticut State Univerisity students are finding their way in, Maiorano said.
He noted that music played is modern and upbeat on weekends.
Rumors is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 203- 942-2653.
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