One thing new is being produced in Chanhassen.
Dandy Lion Espresso just lately opened its store inside Chanhassen Brewing Firm, 951 W 78th St., Chanhassen. The cafe might be open from 8 a.m. to three p.m. Friday by means of Sunday. Nevertheless, choose drinks may even be provided throughout brewing time.
Espresso lovers can discover a pumpkin spiced lion, mocha or a glass of Irish whiskey amongst different distinctive drinks. Those that do not wish to drink can go for a bottle of latte, agave lemonade, or a view of the dawn over hibiscus flowers. Company can even buy freshly roasted beans and baked items from From Scratch Baking.
In accordance with Proprietor Charlie Hansen, a Chanhassen resident, Dandy Lion began working about three years in the past as a manufacturing facility. From there, it grew to become a cell espresso merchandising machine arrange on the Chanhassen Farmers Market.
Hansen did not begin out as a espresso drinker and was initially launched to roasting dandelion root, which can be utilized as a espresso substitute. When he began having kids, he turned to espresso for extra power.
Dandelion root when roasted tastes very very similar to espresso. Hansen says it has nutritional vitamins, minerals and detoxifying properties. Due to its area of interest, he additionally appeared into espresso roasting and experimented with mixing the 2.
When Matt Rosati, proprietor of the Chanhassen Brewing Firm, approached him to supply him a job as a enterprise shopper within the brewery, Hansen jumped on the alternative.
Change the mannequin
Dandy Lion is aiming to alter the espresso store mannequin in some ways. It sells unique chilly brews that may be made into scrumptious combined espresso drinks. It additionally has a faucet that heats chilly brewed water on demand for making scorching drinks. Serving espresso on this means makes staff extra environment friendly and ensures no wasted espresso.
“It is only a easier setup and a smaller footprint,” says Hansen. “So far as I do know, we’re one of many solely espresso retailers that solely supply nitro espresso.”
Hansen says increasingly more persons are considering good espresso, whereas there’s additionally a rising demographic of health-conscious individuals. Most espresso retailers have but to catch on to this pattern. Many espresso drinks are excessive in sugar and energy, he mentioned.
You will need to Hansen that the drink isn’t solely scrumptious with high-quality espresso, however can be preservative-free and full of nutritional vitamins and minerals. The cafe can be dairy-free, so the drinks are made with oats or almond milk.
“It is not like we’re making an attempt to be higher, I believe we’re making an attempt to be totally different,” Hansen mentioned. “It is nice to have the ability to see the mixture of outstanding espresso however in a brand new means.”
Dandy Lion can be partnering with the brewery. Hansen teamed up with brewer Max Filter to create a dandelion espresso porter. It is made with Dandy Lion’s Mexican espresso beans and roasted dandelion root.
“You can name it a superfood beer,” says Hansen.
The opening within the brewery with distance from one another has allowed every kind of teamwork. Hansen recollects instances when he was making a brand new drink and would cross it on to Filter or Rosati for them to take over.
A couple of drinks on the menu are known as “NA Spiked Drinks” and have bourbon or whiskey compounds to present them the style of a flavorful however non-alcoholic beverage. The thought for these drinks got here from a dialog with Filter.
“Principally, all the pieces has change into this very symbiotic relationship,” says Hansen. “We simply created the drink on the final two days.”
Dandy Lion has obtained loads of group help and funding to work together with it additional. Hansen plans to carry occasions on the cafe to make Chanhassen really feel oriented.
“I like the concept espresso is each sensible and community-oriented,” says Hansen. “We’re pleased to be part of this city.”