6 December 2013
Mr. von Wahlde
AP English Lang
Restaurant Rhetorical Analysis Essay: Lorca
North of Manhattan, a good cup of coffee is hard to come by; the taste is lacking in strength and not much thought is put into its production. Profit-seeking coffee chains like Dunkin Donuts and Donut Delight are widespread and lack in quality. More often than not, coffee is a $3 afterthought of dessert, rather than a delicacy in itself. Lorca cafe, situated in downtown Stamford on Bedford Street, appreciates the artistry and skill that must be employed to brew a decent cup of coffee. Spanish and western-Mediterranean influences are uniform throughout the flavors and venue. The chic, modern atmosphere is equipped with ample power outlets to provide the perfect workplace for the productive coffee drinker. Imported foreign blends and locally baked goods unite to create a perfect harmony of flavors from near and far. The Instagram-famous aspect of the restaurant appeals to social media butterflies with an affinity for art. Dynamic artwork, the friendly staff, and addicting flavors encourage recurrent visits.
Spanish flavors are integrated into the food and drink at Lorca to incorporate the culture of the Mediterranean. By drawing ties to savory delicacies served on the other side of the Atlantic, the charming cafe is set apart from the surrounding American-based chain restaurants. Foreign blends are imported to diversify the restaurant and provide high-quality coffee for loyal customers. Lorca is famous for their pour-over coffee, a technique very pleasing for coffee aficionados. It is not a feeble task; a special kettle, high-quality beans, and extreme patience are required to achieve this unique specialty. Flavors are distinct and even sweet. Coffee beans are really the fermented seed of a cherrylike shrub. If the coffee is roasted diligently and brewed prudently, the flavors of the flower and fruit can be tasted. Not only does this method require meticulous preparation, clean-up is tedious. Needless to say, this technique is not practiced at most coffee shops, thus differentiating Lorca from the surrounding competition. Also unique to Lorca are the homemade churros, a traditional Mexican dessert served for those craving a taste not easily found in the States. Layla Dam, owner of Lorca, makes piping hot Churros to order. The fried choux pastry contains butter, water, flour, and eggs with a high moisture content, rather than a raising agent, to puff the pastry. Fresh out of the frier, they are coated with confectioner’s sugar and served with three distinct sauces, including a Mexican inspired chocolate sauce with the perfect balance of sugar and spice. Aside from foreignly imported specialties, locally-baked goods can be enjoyed. Delectable pastries are brought in daily from Wave Hill pastries and breads, a cafe based in Norwalk, CT. Such goods are baked daily, so freshness is guaranteed. Breads and such are not easily preserved, so goods...