Spring + Summer Seasonal Drinks ’22

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Spring + Summer Seasonal Drinks ’22

Posted by on March 22, 2022

Frothy’s Spring/Summer Seasonal drinks are made for front porch sippin’! Brighten up your coffee routine with a fresh summertime favorite. Infused with herbs, fruits, and spices these hand-crafted drinks bring a unique twist to classic summer sips.

Espresso + Tonic with Cardamom, Orange, + Mint

Created by:
Brendan Fellenz – he/him Instagram: @bcfellenz
Frothy Monkey Roasting Company

Frothy Monkey Roasting Company’s Brendan Fellenz has another drink on the menu this season. The E.T. is coming at you with a bright and juicy blend of orange juice, cardamom, and mint.

“You’ve got to be careful not to drink this one too quickly,” Brendan says, “It’s so easy to crush.” With a full shot of espresso and refreshing tonic bubbles, Brendan suggests espresso lovers to order one before heading out to play frisbee at Centennial Park or take a walk at Percy Warner Park.

Brendan building the E.T.
Presentation of the E.T. at ’22 Spring Drink Comp
Spring ’22 Drink Comp Winners

Electric Monkey
Sparkling Water, House-Made Lemonade + Cherry/Mint Syrup

Created by
Kendall Hitchcox – she/they
Instagram: @kendall.hitchcox
East Nashville

Samantha Locke – she/her
Instagram: @samlxcke
The Nations, Nashville

Summer was in full swing at Frothy in East Nashville when Samantha and Kendall created the Electric Monkey. Their drink started as an effort to cool off the staff while the A/C was being repaired and quickly became a cafe favorite.

Kendall (left) and Samantha, (right) enjoying an Electric Monkey at Frothy Monkey in The Nations.

This twist on lemonade will give you the little pick-me-up you might need on a hot day, or suit your kids perfectly when you stop in for a meal.

“It tastes great and it looks really fun. So, I think it’s going to be a hit with kids and people who don’t want something heavy with milk, like a latte.” Kendall says.

Cold Brew, Sparkling Water, Cherry/ Basil/Lemon Simple Syrup

Created by:
William Theriot – he/him
12South, Nashville

This unique twist on a Shirley Temple will brighten your day with cold brew, cherry-basil-lemon syrup, and the fizzy finish of sparkling water. Our barista William Theriot from 12South brought this punchy drink to the competition.

“All of our herbal lattes are trending right now like lavender and rosemary. So, I thought we could try to incorporate basil into a fruitier, lighter flavor for summer.” Will says.

Love cold brew but not a huge fan of these flavors? Grab a canned or draft cold brew. Available all year long!

Interested in how we chose these drinks for the menu? Take a look at the 2022 Spring and Summer Drink Competition recap!

Spring + Summer Drink Competition ’22

Posted by on March 18, 2022

While Nashville makes up its mind about what season it is, our employees are already celebrating Spring and Summer with new seasonal drinks! In February, Frothy Monkey Roasting Company hosted an in-house drink competition.

The seasonal drink competitions are a great opportunity to bring together employees and staff from all areas for drinks, good food, and of course great coffee.

Our seasonal drink release is coming soon, but we don’t want to spoil the surprise. While your anticipation is growing, check out some behind the scenes photos from this year’s competition.

We were proud to have great representation from the Nashville hospitality industry join us as judges. This year’s competition judges were Alex Wendkos (Owner, Dino’s Bar), Kelcee Summers (Co-Owner, Oil and Lumber ) and Matt Stanzel (Coutelier Nash, former Sous Chef at Josephine).

Left to right, Matt Stanzel, Alex Wendkos, and Kelcee Summers.

Starting with our Southside Chattanooga barista Nova, we saw a great blend of hot a cold drinks featuring ingredients like charcoal and pineapple.

Next, our lead barista Jeff Duke from Downtown Franklin presented a bubbly espresso sipper featuring Peninsula Savory Tonic.

Another Downtown Franklin representative, Margot Lucas, brought a dash of lavender with her iced latte.

A duo from The Nations and East Nashville cafes were up next. Samantha Locke + Kendall Hitchox brought a colorful and sparkly, caffeine-free option to the judges.

Representing our original location at 12South, William Theriot presented a bubbly fruit flavored cold brew cocktail.

Last but not least, Brendan Fellenz from Frothy Monkey Roasting Company presented a juicy and bright drink option.

The competition was close, but ultimately our judges chose three winning drinks for the Spring + Summer Seasonal Drink menu. We’re so grateful for our employees who shared the evening with us and used their talents to contribute to our guest’s Frothy experience.

View our Spring and Summer Drink Release for 2022!

Frothy Monkey’s All-Day Cafe

Posted by on March 17, 2022

At our all-day cafes, you’ll find the warmth of a coffeehouse and the hospitality of a full restaurant for every part of your day. Fresh, thoughtfully sourced ingredients are the star of breakfast, lunch, and dinner and our drink selection is endless. Between the best specialty roasted coffee in Nashville, cocktails, beer, and wine there’s no shortage of options for any occasion.

A glass of wine at 10 am? Maybe a cozy cup of decaf to unwind? A moment of peace from the crazy? We GET that. Frothy all-day cafes are thoughtfully curated to fill the needs of our neighbors and the communities we serve.

What inspired our all-day cafes?

Starting in 2004, our original coffeehouse location served neighbors from the 12South community with classic coffee options and light breakfast fare. When owner Ryan Pruitt joined management in 2006 he inspired the all-day cafe we love today.

Before joining Frothy, Pruitt was traveling with his band in Europe and frequented local cafes between gigs or to enjoy a day off. Compared to the US coffee scene, chock-full with corporate buzzwords and fancy lingo, these cafes were more than just a quick caffeine jolt.

“In Europe, the cafes are focused on the guest experience,” Pruitt says, “The environment is warm, the food is good and it fills a need for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any time of day.”

The flexible and welcoming atmosphere kept Pruitt’s group coming back during free time. Walking in at any hour, they could get a cup of coffee, beer and wine, or a meal. These cafes were cultural hubs at the center of the neighborhood and served their guests any time of day.

The coffee culture was different between the 15 countries they toured, but the commitment to hospitality and inclusion was always present. Unlike the drive-throughs of the US, these cafes served that feeling of coming home to open doors, warm smiles, and good food.

Bringing the All-Day Cafe to Tennessee

Pruitt aspired to bring the atmosphere of these European cafes to Frothy when he returned to the U.S. from his travels. In 2006, Frothy’s original location was welcoming a wide demographic. The 12South location brought neighbors visiting 7 days a week and guests just passing through. To cultivate the all-day cafe vision, Pruitt and his team started by emphasizing fresh and healthy food options. Menu options expanded quickly with the elimination of microwaves and the installation of a full kitchen.

Frothy Monkey 12South circa 2015

Growth continued with expanded hours and additional locations throughout Nashville and in Franklin and Chattanooga Tennessee. Liquor and beer licenses followed and Frothy became a place for everyone. From folks connecting over early morning coffee or lunch, to families, or co-workers enjoying a glass of wine after work – even if that means their shift ends at 9 am. The all-day cafe was a reality.

“The “Aha!” moment was the group of night shift nurses from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital who would get off of work in the morning and make their way to Frothy. [They] would sit on the side porch to end their day. It would be 9 or 10 am and they would sit there with glasses of wine, while people were walking in after dropping off their kids to school to get their latte and egg sandwich and head to work.”, Pruitt says, “It was that collision that made me feel like “Yes! It happened! This is everything.”

Connecting Communities

When asked what sets Frothy apart, Pruitt replied, “It’s the blend of quality and thoughtfulness that we put in the products and hospitality. A lot of all-day cafes might just be order-at-the-counter. Sure, the mechanics are breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but over-delivering and hospitality are what we strive for.”

In our all-day cafe, you’ll find a different level of service. We encourage guests to bring the family for dinner, meet a new neighbor for coffee, work remotely, or enjoy Happy Hour with other guests. We offer table service to everyone to make sure we connect with guests to give the best possible experience.

Ryan says it’s about filling the needs of the community, no matter the time of day.

“The photo editor, for example, they might be sitting at the bar getting work done with a bowl of shrimp and grits,” He says, “ It’s an environment that’s comfortable for them to have a laptop open and get great service, but then behind them is a family having dinner, maybe a first date, or a group of ladies enjoying Wine Down Wednesday. It’s a collision of worlds, but people’s needs at 7 pm are different and we can be there for them all.”

A Sustainable Community Partner

After eliminating microwaves, Pruitt’s team focused on integrating local partners to create the best dining experience and grow local relationships. Frothy’s approach to taking care of guests isn’t only in hospitality, but the ingredients on the menu. Our partnerships with regional farms and purveyors allow us to provide fresh menu options and support sustainable practices.

The food at Frothy Monkey is made to order with fresh ingredients at all of our locations. To avoid processed or preservative-filled components, we developed our own coffee syrups, bake our own bread and pastries, and roast our own coffee. Our farm relationships also allow us to serve real eggs, grass-fed whole milk, locally handmade pasta, and more.

We recognize that all of our neighborhoods are unique, so they each come with their own history and demographics, too. By building our cafes inside historic or pre-existing buildings we want to honor the history of that community and give the buildings new life.

“We want to be a good contributor,” says Pruitt, “and I think historic preservation is a beautiful way to contribute to the community.”

Our historic locations include a repurposed hosiery factory at The Nations, a section of the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel in Southside Chattanooga, and a Downtown Nashville shoe store.

Experience Wins

When you visit one of our all-day cafes we want to make sure your experience is a highlight of your day. No matter the time, the occasion, or the lack thereof. It’s about nourishing people, outside of food and drink that makes Frothy Monkey different. It’s how the 15 minutes, or the hour, or the whole day spent at a cafe can brighten your world.

“Life may feel chaotic,” says Pruitt, “but then you have this moment, and you walk into 12South where Ben knows your name, and then you get to see Josh, and they ask you how your kid is. Stopping in at Frothy becomes a bit of positive energy. We’ve got something for everybody. We’re always open and there’s no reason not to join us when you need that break from the rest of your world.”

Josh Vaught – 12South
Will Theriot – 12South
Jeff Duke – Franklin, TN

Frothy is a Downtown Franklin Favorite

Posted by on February 8, 2022

We’re so grateful for the neighborhoods that embrace #frothylove. We are thrilled to have earned the distinction of Downtown Franklin Coffee Destination of the Year 2021 from the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA). Voted on by the good folks in Williamson County in January 2022, The DFA highlighted 24 categories of small businesses in the downtown district.

We love being in the Downtown Franklin neighborhood with the best all-day cafe experience on the block! Thank you for being a part of our family.

Show us some love by checking out the links below!

Sizzle Awards 

Voting open February 1st, through February 28th, 2022

Williamson’s Best 2022

Best Brunch? We’re flattered! Check out the “Food and Drink” category.
Voting between February 21 – March 11, 2022

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