By Deirdre Ryan | Marion Times | March 3rd, 2016
In the daily world of responsibilities, tasks, chores, and the “to-do’s,” it is always nice to have a little “guilty pleasure” to fall back on. Whether it’s relaxing with a good book, snuggling with a pet, or enjoying your favorite afternoon treat, it can be very self-soothing and enjoyable to take a step back for a few brief moments.
At Wit’s End, a local coffee shop located at 630 10th Street in Marion, they thoroughly enjoy helping all of their guests and patrons find a little something to take their worries away. It may be something as simple as a regular cup of Joe. But maybe it’s the new Emerald Isle Mocha, just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. Whatever the coffee wish is, Wit’s End is ready to grant it.
“We’ll take as long as necessary to make sure they get what they want,” commented Wit’s End Owner, Cathy Petersen. “We want them to ask questions … it’s so important for us to make good coffee here. People need to know what they are getting.”
Picking just one option at Wit’s End or any coffee establishment can almost seem like a grueling task in itself some days, though. Many places have fancy names and proper terminology for their beverage selections … how is anyone to know what that all entails? And the quantity of items to choose from is daunting! At Wit’s End, there are over 50 drink menu choices; but Petersen noted all of the staff there are happy to help each and every customer find what they are looking for. And variations are always possible!
Petersen also stated that the only trouble they have at times when visitors are ordering is if they try and match exact drinks to other coffee places – it can be tough trying to get someone else’s concoction spot on, but they will try!
The most frequent questions that staff at Wit’s End receive are: “What is the difference between a Mocha and Latte? and What is the difference between espresso and coffee?” Although some people may know these answers, for those that aren’t aware, here goes …
“Latte: An espresso drink that consists of espresso, steamed milk, and foam. In a latte there is a greater percentage of steamed milk than foam. Mocha: An espresso drink that consists of espresso, steamed milk, foam, and chocolate syrup.”
“The main difference between espresso and drip coffee is the preparation method used. There is no plant that grows espresso beans or roasting style that makes espresso beans. The beans that are used to make espresso can be a blend of different coffees or one specific type of coffee bean.”
The espresso drinks are always quite popular at Wit’s End, especially the decadent mochas and the featured seasonal selections. Petersen’s favorite drinks to make for customers are the Brown Sugar Latte and the Red Hot Mocha, both items she highly recommends.
“I really just enjoy making anything with espresso,” said Petersen. “We love to watch our shots brew. We take pride in our espresso. And I love good coffee … we make good coffee. Everything about it; the smell, the taste, and it’s fun to be around people who love good coffee!”