23 October

Baker spotlight: Kabocha!

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Baker spotlight: Kabocha!

A message from our fabulous baker Sarah Cotton: Kabocha is a variety of Japanese squash that is quite like a western pumpkin (literally means “pumpkin” in Japanese). It is typically green on the outside and light orange inside. At Slipstream, we are using Red Kabochas for our Kabocha Latte and squash butter which is a […]

26 September

Crafted with Purpose: Bar Top and Espresso Machine

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Crafted with Purpose: Bar Top and Espresso Machine

When we decided to open a brick and mortar shop, we knew immediately that we wanted my brother, Montana Mirabella, to be involved in the design and construction of the space. Over many cups of coffee at Verve in Santa Cruz, we discussed with him our vision and mission for Slipstream, the layout of the […]

31 August

Crafted with Purpose: Pendant Lighting

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Crafted with Purpose: Pendant Lighting

When it came to our light fixtures, we wanted bold and unique. Our architect at Streetsense helped us find the perfect pieces, and through Etsy we found Ben of Mickus Projects. Mickus Projects is a lighting and furniture design studio founded in 2006 in Brooklyn by Ben K. Mickus, and is currently based in the […]

22 August

Crafted with Purpose: Amish Furnishings

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Crafted with Purpose: Amish Furnishings

Ryan grew up in a small town about an hour from Pittsburgh and very close to many Amish communities. Growing up he always had an awareness of their craftsmanship, modesty and dedication to quality products. For this reason, we commissioned our chairs, stools and community table from an Amish community close to his hometown out […]

10 August

Crafted with Purpose

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Crafted with Purpose

1333 14th St NW was an infamous run down brake shop renovated by its current owners Bill Fischer and Drew Mitchell. They brightened the space with skylights and glass windows and created a community hotspot with their gallery, all while maintaining the integrity of the building. Slipstream is excited to become a significant part of […]

4 July

Construction Update: Moving Fast!

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Construction Update: Moving Fast!

Last month we received our permits from DC. While the process took slightly longer than expected, we are grateful to be moving forward! Demolition of the space is complete and we have now started our build out. This week our handmade chairs arrived and we are very excited about next week because our custom bar […]

3 June

Lessons Learned from Adm. William H. McRaven

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Lessons Learned from Adm. William H. McRaven

If you haven’t already, I highly suggest reading Adm. William H. McRaven’s ten valuable lessons learned from Navy SEAL training. While I imagine few of us will experience anything as difficult as SEAL training, these lessons can be applied to help us overcome the variety of obstacles we face. As I read through the list, three of […]

29 April

How to be a Better Cocktail Consumer

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How to be a Better Cocktail Consumer

Ordering a drink while on a date can be stressful. On one of our first dates, Ryan asked me what I wanted and I replied with my usual “vodka soda”, completely unprepared for his second question: “what kind of vodka do you like?” I glanced quickly at the shelf in front of me. “Kettle?” was […]

14 April

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

While starting a new business it is easy to get lost in the details and completely immerse yourself in whatever the focus of that business may be. When I am not directly learning about coffee or cocktails, practicing technique or testing possible menu items, the storm of coffee and cocktail thoughts never stop flowing. I […]

1 April

Simple Quality

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Simple Quality

Coffee has come a long way in recent years. The level of quality and options available to us has never been better. While this growth in specialty coffee is positive in nearly every way, it adds complexity to our daily trip to the coffee shop. The number of choices we have to make is increasing […]