12 Birmingham Brunch Combinations

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12 Birmingham Brunch Combinations

Posted by on July 14, 2022

We’ve compiled some of our favorite breakfast and brunch pairings for your next stop at Frothy Monkey in Birmingham. These pairings offer something for breakfast purists, sweet cravings, or savory and sweet combinations. Indulge in your favorite bubbly brunch beverages, or specialty coffee. Designed with you in mind, our menu has something that’s sure to suit your dietary needs or indulgent cravings. 

  1. Cappuccino + Bacon, Egg, and Cheddar Bagel

If you’re a fan of simplicity with a twist, check out this duo. Classic breakfast favorites like bacon, eggs, and cheese come together on a freshly baked bagel from BAKERY by frothy monkey – Mmm! Paired with a cappuccino, you’ll get all of the caffeine of a latte, but with a lighter finish to balance your meal. 

Frothy Monkey French Toast
  1. Havana Latte + French Toast  

Our barista Vanessa from Frothy in Downtown Franklin, TN is always in the mood for something cozy! Pairing the Havana Latte with our thick and luscious french toast is like a hug in a meal! Warm cinnamon themes and comfort food with a pop of fresh fruit is something to LIVE for.

  1. Bloody Mary + Broadbent Omelette

Salty, a little spicy and everything you want for a savory brunch. Our Bloody Mary features Hoff’s Wake Up Call Hot Sauce and Cathead Vodka. Kentucky Farm Fresh eggs and Broadbent bacon are irresistible when paired with onions and bell peppers in the Broadbent Omelette.  

Frothy Monkey Bloody Mary
Broadbent Omelette
  1. Mimosa + Gail Salad

Feelin’ light for brunch? Both of these bright and juicy menu items are great for a hot summer day. Get your fill of bubbles with a glass or carafe of mimosas for the table. The gail salad’s Mediterranean vibes with feta, cucumber, chicken and lemon-garlic vinaigrette keeps the vibe light, but your belly full!

BAKERY by frothy monkey Chocolate Croissant
  1. Americano + Chocolate Croissant 

This pairing is ready for the road! Order to go and treat yourself to an indulgent pick me up to start your day. A coffee house classic like the Americano gives the caffeine you want and the croissant – an experience you need! A croissant’s flaky texture and dark chocolate filling is a perfect match for an Americano. 

  1. Espresso Shot + Single Origin Drip Coffee + Garden Omelette

Moriah McDermott from Frothy Monkey Roasting Company, likes to take things slow for brunch at our cafes. It’s all about enjoying the atmosphere and starting the morning off right. Moriah loves to get caffeinated with a single espresso shot, followed up with a cup of Single Origin drip coffee. Her favorite breakfast or brunch entree is the Garden Omelette, perfect for vegetarians and with a mug of your favorite brew.

  1. Frothy Monkey Cold Brew Coffee + Loaded Biscuits & Chorizo Gravy 

One word – BALANCE. Daniel Lopez, Frothy Monkey Roasting Company’s head roaster suggests if you’re looking for something to stick to your ribs, order the Biscuits and Gravy with a refreshing cold brew coffee to wash it down. 

  1. Cortado + Avo Toast 

You’ll be coming back for this duo time and time again. Chris Monachino on the Frothy Monkey Marketing team has this order on speed dial. It’s simply delicious and visually appealing, too. The bright, fresh flavors of Frothy’s Avo Toast goes well with a little acidity from your cortado. 

avocado toast
Avo Toast
Cortado
  1. 12South Drip Coffee + Farm Breakfast 

An elevated American classic, you might call the “Dad Combo”. Neal Russler, the Director of Frothy Monkey Roasting Company, loves a tasty cup of drip specialty coffee, black and a farm breakfast. Our Broadbent bacon and Kentucky Farm Fresh eggs are enough to make any dad smile.

  1. Aperol Spritz + California – Add Bacon

This combo is a lighter take on the classic farm breakfast, that still serves the cozy comfort vibes you want in the morning. Add bacon for a savory crunch and pair with an Aperol spritz, to give you that bubbly brunch feeling! 

  1. Everything Bagel + Plain Latte

Coffee meets bagel, anyone? For those who love the simple things in life, a classic bagel and latte combo. Our bread and bagels are freshly baked every day by our artisans at BAKERY by Frothy Monkey. Our products are filled with #frothylove, and even a combo as classic as this, can be something special to start your day. 

  1. Beer + Farm Burger 
burger with potato wedges
Frothy Monkey Farm Burger

We don’t know of a more American combo than a beer and burger. House-made pimento cheese, and banana peppers pop against the savory grass-fed beef patty and grilled bun. Pair this classic with your favorite beer on tap!

How to Host a Latte Art Competition

Posted by on July 7, 2022

Looking for a guide to help you host a latte art competition? We have it! Our operations and roasting company team have compiled their best advice and tips to hosting a successful and fun event at your shop.

Looking for a quick reference? Check out the bottom of this blog for a downloadable checklist and (coming soon!) a PDF version of this guide.

What is a Latte Art Competition?

A Latte Art Throwdown is a competition to determine which competitor can create the most technically accurate and visually impressive latte art within the provided parameters. Competitive latte art circuits have official rules and regulations and are extremely popular in Europe, Asia, and North America. The official World Latte Art Championship is held by the Specialty Coffee Association

Latte art competitions are about more than awards and accolades. These events build community and goodwill within an industry which often intimidates new baristas. 

The Frothy Monkey Roasting Company’s Lead Educator and Technician, Ryan Bledsoe, says, “A latte art competition is about a few things. It’s a gateway for young baristas to grow their passion for coffee, a way to break down barriers and build relationships in the coffee community, and have some fun with friends and coworkers.”

Celebration as Winner is announced at Latte Art Competition
Spectators and competitors rejoice as the 2022 Pride Latte Art Competition Winner is announced.

Excluding 2020, Frothy Monkey has hosted the Nashville Pride Latte Art Throwdown since 2018. This  recurring competition allows us to connect with other coffee professionals, support a local cause, and share some #FrothyLove in our community. We love creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for any competitor. Just like Frothy Monkey’s cafes, these events are a place where all are welcome. 

Latte art competitions bring us closer to our neighbors and fellow coffee connoisseurs. Baristas of all experience levels are invited to join. We love seeing the creativity and skill of our competitors as they work with incorporating color, alternative milks, and themed rounds. 

An event like this is challenging for hosts, too! We learned by trial and error. Our hope is that this guide is a resource for hosting your first competition, and a tool to avoid mistakes we made!

Are you ready?

Here’s what you’ll need to host your own epic throwdown.

  1. Coffee + Equipment
  2. Venue + Space Requirements
  3. Staffing
  4. Schedule + Event Details
  5. Marketing + Promotion
  6. Make it Fun (Vibey Extras)

1. Coffee + Equipment

First and foremost, you need the correct equipment and products. Most of these are standard in coffee shops and espresso bars.

Coffee

It’s a given.You need quality coffee to pull shots for your lattes. At Frothy Monkey, we use our Howler espresso roast. We also provide all milks and milk alternatives. This keeps competitors focused on creating the best art instead of logistics. We source our whole milk from Hatcher Dairy Farms and use barista product lines from Planet Oat, Milkademia, and Almond Breeze for dairy alternatives. 

Espresso Machine

There are dozens of different machines you can use to pull your shot, but we highly recommend a dual hWe highly recommend a dual head espresso machine. This allows your barista on bar the opportunity to pull multiple shots at once, and keeps the competition moving. In our shops we use a La Marzocco’s Strada Espresso Machine.

Grinder with Hopper

Nothing will slow you down more than having to grind coffee without a hopper! Load up the grinder with your chosen espresso beans and keep the shots rolling.  Once your house barista on bar is dialed in, they should not have to fuss with settings to keep pulling perfect shots. 

Drinkware or Your Chosen Latte Vessels

Have plenty of glassware for your competitors! If you’re strictly focusing on latte art, you need a variety of cup sizes for your guests. While baristas most often practice on a standard 8oz, 12oz, and 16oz cup, this could be any size.

Moriah from Frothy Monkey Roasting Company says, “You can really challenge your baristas by incorporating unique vessels. It’s really anything goes. You could try a ramekin, handmade pottery, a wine glass, a shoe…It’s ultimately up to the host.”

Stainless Steel Steaming Pitchers

An essential piece of barware for your competition is stainless steel steaming pitchers. You may allow your participants to bring their own, or use a provided pitcher.

Refrigeration

To ensure your latte art is perfect, refrigeration is essential! Cold milk will allow you to create the best latte foam (and keep things from spoiling!). There is a lot of fun science behind this. In short, the milk foam, created by steaming, will perform best when the milk fat is cold. 

A bar cooler or small refrigerator should work. You’ll just need to prioritize space for the gallons or pints your baristas need.

Two baristas pouring latte art.
Two Baristas Pour Latte Art at the 2022 Nashville Pride Latte Art Throwdown.

Sink + Cleaning Supplies

You will really run through dishes during a throwdown! Be sure you’ve got all of the cleaning essentials for your barista on bar, a dishwasher, and extras for messy masterminds that are competing. 

Dish Staff
You want a quick turn around on dirty dishes, schedule someone for the event, specifically! 

Towels 
Wet and dry towels need to be at the ready for wiping down surfaces, counters, steam wands – you name it!

Wet Sink
 It’s in health codes, but it’s also super useful. Having a sink at the ready will make rinsing and setting dirty dishes aside much easier. This can also aid in preparing your competitors with clean and disinfected hands before the first pour.

Cleaning Spray/ Disinfectant
Be ready with antibacterial hand soap at the sink and your standard cleaning solution for spills or accidents. 

Glass Rinser
These are a standard on coffee bars and cocktail bars alike. If you can get your hands on one, you’ll save a lot of time rinsing glasses between shots and mitigating the inevitable “oops!” moments when something goes awry. 

Mop + Bucket
Mistakes happen! While we never want someone to drop their beautiful latte art, it could happen. Be sure to have your mop and bucket ready with the appropriate cleaning solution.

2. Venue + Space Set-Up

Whether you’re a full-service cafe, or coffee bar, you need a venue! Here are some areas to designate for the competition.  

Work Station + Bar

As we outlined in the first section, you need a bar that’s ready to handle the madness of multiple baristas! Secure extra glassware or selected containers, make room for multiple baristas to pour, and purchase the necessary coffee and equipment listed above.

Host Stand

There’s nothing better than a friendly face when you enter an event. Even if your guests are not competing, make sure all are welcomed. Direct guests to the proper seating or standing areas and let them know the evening’s schedule. If competitors are arriving, direct them to the check-in station.

Check-In Station

This post can be combined with the host stand if needed. Here you will have a POS station or cash box on hand to collect payment and a list to collect contact information like names, emails, shop affiliation, and pronouns. For our latte art competitions, we donate the proceeds to a relevant charity based on the event affiliation. 

As an added precaution, remind the competitors of the schedule and requirements for each round. Though they should have access to this information prior to the event, it is best to repeat important timeline items and answer any questions.

Judge’s Table

It wouldn’t be a competition without lovely judges to determine your winners! For latte art, keep the judge’s table close to your bar. Avoid using high top tables so judges can view the art from above. 

Keep your judges happy! When a judge’s table is engaged, the rest of the crowd will feed off of that positive energy. Use your hospitality knowledge to anticipate their needs and provide service like you would a guest. Water and other beverages are always an added benefit for the table. 

Judges from the 2022 Latte Art Throwdown
Wes Cheatwood (Crema + Matryoshka), Adrianna Flax (LGBT Chamber), Brooke Wolfe (Onyx Coffee)

Seating

For accessibility, tired feet, or a place to enjoy a mid-competition snack, keep some seating available. This gives you the opportunity to serve food or drinks if you have a kitchen or bakery case. Additional sales can help offset the cost of the event.

Standing Room

When the competition heats up, guests will want to be in on the action! Choose a good space for guests to stand and observe. This will keep the coffee bar from getting too congested. If necessary, address the crowd before competition on etiquette in the space or mark the area with signage or tape.

Hot Tip: Set up an overhead live stream view of the lattes at the judges table and project them on a wall or large screen. This view, like an overhead cooking shot, will help the audience view the latte art without crowding the judges.

Optional: One Point of Sale 

This register could be combined with the check-in station, or a separate location.  Keep at least one register open if you serve menu items during competition. You may also have some event swag, bakery items, or other goods available for guests to purchase.

3. Staffing

Event Coordinator

It’s important that the whole team contributes, but we advise one person to be your event coordinator. This could be an operations member, a location manager, or a seasoned team member. They should be organized, reliable, and not afraid to give direction. While you want them to oversee the event as a whole, your coordinator will also need to trust your employees and delegate tasks. Trusting employees with key roles can help improve employee satisfaction and encourage growth. 

Employee writing competition bracket on whiteboard for latte art throwdown.
Suzy Lipman, Frothy Monkey Barista Trainer, creates competition bracket for Pride Latte Art Throwdown.

Barista on Bar

One of your most important members is your house barista behind the bar. They are responsible for pulling consistent shots for your competitors and maintaining a clean work space. This barista should execute consistent espresso shots with good crema. Crema is your canvas for latte art, so it needs to be great!

Aside from technical skill, they should have some personality. The ability to connect with a multitude of people will make this position fun. They will be front and center with competitors and should help them feel comfortable and welcome in your shop. This barista will be behind the bar for quite some time, so endurance is something to consider, too.

At the Door

At your host stand, you should have someone interacting with guests! When someone walks in without knowing about the competition, you need a welcoming face to assure them and explain their options..

MC/ Host

For a latte art throwdown, your MC should be someone who is confident on a microphone, and engaged in the event. They will announce rounds, competitors and themes while guiding the crowd through the event. They are also responsible for keeping track of the competition bracket.

Make sure their personality and experience matches the intended atmosphere. If it’s a high-stakes competition, choose someone you know can ease tension. For a friendly neighborhood throwdown, find someone that can brighten a room and keep the party going.

Manager of Frothy Monkey East Nashville addressing guests.
Khalil, General Manager of Frothy Monkey East, welcoming the latte art competition guests.

Judges

Consider your theme and your industry connections when inviting judges to participate! We suggest you invite three members of your industry from outside of your stores. 

Judges should come from a mixture of disciplines to keep judging interesting. At minimum, judges should have a basic understanding of latte art. Baristas, coffee bar and cafe owners, roasters, even artists would be great to have on board.

Judging Criteria

While there are Rules + Regulations for official World Latte Art Competitions, our judges score based on visual assessment. In a basic round, the following are considered: quality of milk foam, clarity of design, contrast between ingredients, level of difficulty, overall impression.

You may choose to make a scoresheet, but in this setting, we typically have judges point to their choice between two.  

Service + Kitchen Staff

Is your kitchen going to be open during the competition? The answer is up to you. We keep our kitchens open to maximize the guest experience. Between rounds, or before the competition starts, audience members may need something to fill their bellies. This includes cocktails, food, and bakery items. 

Service staff and kitchen staff are essential if you offer food and beverages. Staff up appropriately.

4. Schedule + Event Details

Rounds

Determine how many rounds you want to run. Each round should provide a different challenge. It could be the container you’re pouring into, the milk or milk alternative required, or artistic additions. We often plan five rounds, with the last round as a challenging staple for all baristas, like a cortado. 

The time needed to complete each round will vary depending on the number of competitors. We suggest between 30 – 45 min per round to allow enough time for pulling shots, pouring art, and judging. When rounds become too long, you may lose interest or momentum, so keep things running smoothly and quickly.

Two lattes from the free pour round of the Latte Art Competition.

Schedule 

Any well-run event needs a schedule. It may seem simple, but it will help your guests, your staff and your sanity. Your Event Coordinator  should create this schedule and review it with the whole team.

Be prepared for on the fly changes! Things can get a little wiley with competitions. Use your hospitality skills to pivot and continue your event.

Sign-Up Limit + Bracket

Set a limit for the number of competitors you want to compete. This will vary based on the size of your space and the time allotted for the event. With too many participants, you may run too far over time. Let competitors know in your advertising how many spots are available and how to sign up. 

Create bracket configurations before your event. If you have the limit at 16, build brackets for 14, 12, 10, etc. With these tools already in place, it will be an easy transition with cancellations or unfilled spaces.

When registration closes, the list of competitors should be shared with the MC so they can build the bracket and begin announcements. We like to display our brackets on large foam boards, or white boards for everyone to see during the event.

Set up + Tear Down Time

Plan time for set-up and tear-down. You may need one to two hours. This may require you to temporarily close, but it will make your event run much smoother and avoid uncomfortable dining experiences for your guests. 

To mitigate the disgruntled customer coming in during set-up, advertise a temporary closing on social media, event posters, and customer interactions throughout the week leading up to your event.

Requirements for Participants

Requirements for participants are very minimal for our competitions. We only require basic barista skills needed to create a latte and an entry fee. You don’t have to be a lead barista, or an award winning employee to come out and participate.

Consider things like closed-toed shoes for safety, or asking participants to pull their hair back if it is long, and the basic clothing requirements like shoes, shirt, etc. for health and safety reasons.

Three guests smiling for a photo at the latte art competition
Guests and Competitors at the 2022 Nashville Pride Latte Art Competition.

Theme

This is the FUN part – aside from the competition of course! We love hosting our competitions as a part of Nashville Pride, so we incorporate the pride flag and colorful themes throughout our marketing. You can make this a celebration for a holiday, a season, a certain person or just because.

Here are some fun themes to help get your creative juices flowing.

  • Dolly Parton – Incorporate millennial pink, sparkles, country music, and a philanthropic donation to children’s reading programs
  • Christmas – Red and Green, baby! Bring on the Christmas tree art, toy drive donations, and classic Christmas music. 
  • Secret Garden – Bring out the floral decorations, latte art with flowers and leaves, tea time or picnic food!
  • Your Favorite Philanthropy/ Non-Profit/ Cause – Build your latte throwdown around a cause that is important to your brand or business. Partner with your community organization to bring this event to life! 

Example Schedule 

Here we have provided a sample schedule from one of our latte art competitions. This formula allowed 45 minutes for the first round (since it is the largest in a bracket) and to help get everyone in the groove. From there we bump it down to 30 minutes to keep things hustling. This was based on a 30 person bracket. 

  • 4:00 PM – Set-Up 
  • 6:00 PM – Doors Open – Registration
  • 6:30 PM – Round 1 / Challenge 1 (Freestyle)
  • 7:15 PM – Round 2 / Challenge 2
  • 7:45 PM – Round 3 / Challenge 3
  • 8:15 PM – Round 4 / Challenge 4
  • 8:30 PM – Final Round / Challenge 5
  • 9:00 PM – Awards
  • 10:00 PM – Close
Baristas embrace after friendly competition.
Baristas hug after latte art competition results.

5. Marketing + Promotion

We approach our latte art competitions with a mixture of organic marketing efforts. This portion of your event planning heavily depends on the size and scope of your event. Here are some of our best suggestions for getting the word out.

Social Media 

An easy and effective way to start the buzz, is to get the word out on social media. Your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok…all of these platforms are essentially free advertising if you take the time to post! 

Graphics + Videos

Video and clear infographics are a win-win for both you and your audience. Video content helps viewers retain more 95% of your message when they watch it in a video, as compared to 10% retention from an image. So, make sure to have some fun with it! It doesn’t have to be a blockbuster film to get the attention of your audience. Film a spoken invitation by your event coordinator, a view of the competition space, or one of your employees talking about the event to get the convo started. 

If you’re pressed for time, be sure to design a poster or event announcement. Old school methods still work! Look for community boards, send an email or text to invite people you know, and hang your posters in your space. If you’re a part of Facebook groups for your area and industry, make a post there, too.

2022 Nashville Pride Latte Art Throwdown Graphic
2019 Chattanooga Latte Art Throwdown Graphic

Sign Up Link for Baristas

Create a form with integrated payment. Include this sign-up on your social media or website. To avoid no-show contestants, we suggest collecting payment online. People are more likely to show if they have already made a monetary commitment. 

If you’re not able to collect payment online, simply plan 30 minutes prior to the first pour for registration and payment out of the way.

Link to Event Information

Create aCreate a blog post or web page for your event. Include all important information for the event including the date, time, location, participant requirements, rounds, prizes, etc. Link to this post in your feed, groups, pages, and stories to spread the word.

Tagging and Promoting Competitors, Judges, Product Sponsors, etc.

When you’re posting on your social platforms, tag important participants. If this event is fundraising or building awareness to a certain organization, include them. Tag your judges, your competitors or sponsors of the event.

Community + Strategic Partners

Check in on your community partners, strategic partners, and suppliers to get them in on the fun. Extend an invitation to participate and mention your interest in event sponsorship or prize donations. You may be surprised at the response! If there is a philanthropic element to your event, these businesses may make a monetary or prize donation to support your cause. If the event promotes something in the businesses demographic or community, they may share it on social media as well.

Direct Invitation 

Are there baristas or shop owners you want to connect with? Direct invitation is a great way to build relationships in the coffee community and get more competitors registered. Reach out via email, or direct message their shop on social media to extend a friendly invitation. 

Event Calendars

Find the movers and shakers in your community and get on their website’s calendar! This may require some lead time, so investigate online community event calendars at least 4 weeks before your event. Submissions often require, date, time, short and long descriptions and ticket/admission information. A great example of this in the Nashville area is Now Playing Nashville.

Two baristas smiling and laughing after competition.
Good smiles and laughs after Round one eliminations at the 2022 Nashville Pride Latte Art Competition.

6. Vibey Extras

Everyone loves a little something for their hard work! 

Prizes, Gift Bags, Merchandise, etc. 

Options are endless when it comes to your prizes. These could be donated cash or gift items from community partners, or bags put together from your own company’s merchandise. We recommend a gift bag for each judge and a prize for first, second and third place in the competition. 

Create event specific merchandise like T-shirts or coffee mugs or keep it simple by including your standard merchandise. In the past we included gift cards, coffee syrups, bags of coffee, t-shirts, tumblers, and mugs. Have some fun with it! Depending on the theme, almost any prize could be applicable. 

Hot Tip!: While there is quiet time between rounds, keep your crowd engaged with an activity. Use extra prizes to create a raffle or trivia prizes between rounds. 

DJ, Live Music or Curated Music Playlist

Hiring a DJ or Live Musician is one of our favorite things to include at our competitions. It’s a great way to engage with other businesses and create a fun and friendly atmosphere.

If space or a budget don’t allow for hiring talent, consider creating a playlist with your event staff. If there’s one music guru in your group, maybe they’ll take charge. However you organize it, we always love a fresh playlist. 

Hot tip!: Creating an event playlist is a great way to give audience members and competitors a “take home” experience. Create a QR code linked to your playlist and attendees can re-visit the playlist whenever they want! 

Girl smiling and laughing with winning raffle ticket.
One raffle winner handing in her ticket at the Latte Art Competition.

Decoration

For our competitions, we run with the motto less is more. Your space may dictate how large or small you want to go with your decor. It’s important create comfortable spaces where guests don’t feel overwhelmed. 

Some ideas from our past competitions would be a banner, a balloon arch, or small table settings. Colorful seasonal flowers or table tents (a great place to place a QR code!), help to define seating spaces without taking over.

Hors d’orderves / Snacks / Fare

Food is always a great way to get people together. This could be anything from menu samples, to cookies from your favorite local bakeshop. Think about your theme and what foods could tie in here.

You made it. It’s a lot to coordinate, huh?

Don’t get discouraged, you’ve got this!

These events take a lot of coordination, but they are so worth it. Download our Latte Art Competition Checklist PDF for your event. Check back soon for a PDF of this guide, too!

Tag us in your throwdown pics on socials – we would love to see your event come to life!

Throwdown Checklist

 

Outdoor Seating at Frothy Monkey

Posted by on April 29, 2022

Your favorite patio is just around the corner.

There’s no denying the draw of beautiful weather – sunshine on your face and a little breeze in your hair. At your local Frothy Monkey, we’ve made sure to include a great space for outdoor cocktails, coffee, or meals with the family. 

12South Nashville’s Beer Garden

Frothy Monkey 12South is our original Nashville location. Over the years, we have expanded our outdoor dining options to include the Beer Garden and porch seating. With the shade of the trees and umbrellas, signature drinks and brunch cocktails, you’re sure to find respite from the Tennessee heat! Before exploring the local Nashville businesses, come by for your morning pick me up, or refuel midday with delicious lunch options! A picnic in Sevier Park is a great way to enjoy the weather, too. Order for Pick Up and take a stroll to your favorite spot. 

12South Frothy Monkey Entrance and Beer Garden

Downtown Nashville Urban Sidewalk Dining

The energy of Downtown Nashville is contagious! When you’re ready for a break from honkey tonks or downtown exploration,  head up 5th Avenue to our Downtown Nashville location to sit back for a good cup of coffee or healthy meal option. Our outdoor space is a great place to refill your cup – literally! With quaint outdoor streetside seating, you can enjoy the vibrant energy of downtown and warm hospitality of our cafe.

The feel of this area is great for guests who love cityscapes and an urban atmosphere. In this historic part of downtown, you’ll see unique architecture and a wide variety of people as you sit and sip on one of our signature lattes, or fuel up with fresh eats. Close to the Ryman, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Bridgestone Arena, you’ll find it’s the perfect place to stop in on your downtown adventures. 

The Nations Seat with a View 

Frothy Monkey in the Nations Outdoor Seating

The Nations Frothy Monkey is a great neighborhood hotspot. Between family meals, remote work, and coffee catch-ups this expansive space is prepared for any occasion! If the vaulted ceilings aren’t roomy enough, step outside to our outdoor patio space. This area is perfect for viewing the incredible sunsets to the West. While you’re gazing that way, be sure to take a look at some of the incredible art around the neighborhood like the Lee Estes mural on the Nations Silo and Partick Swayze’s portrait at The Centennial! If you’re lucky, you might even find the @forbecks Lego Man hiding outside. 

Want to enjoy the weather elsewhere? Order for Pick-Up and take a short walk to West Park or England Park to enjoy the natural beauty of Metro Nashville Parks. With children’s play sets, sports fields, and natural features like Richland Creek, make it a day out with a picnic lunch or charcuterie from Frothy. 

East Nashville Heated and Cooled Patio 

The Patio at Frothy Monkey East is quickly becoming a favorite spot for families and friends to gather in the Lockeland Springs neighborhood. Our new patio debuted in April 2022. Complete with fans for the summer, and heaters for the chilly days in between, you can find your favorite sunny spot, or shady refuge under the awning. 

Just a short walk to Shelby Park it’s a great stop on your route to summertime fun with your friends, family, or fur babies. This hidden gem in Nashville is a great place to stop in and stay a while, or get your start with fresh roasted coffee and a treat from BAKERY by Frothy Monkey. 

Downtown Franklin’s Favorite Front Porch

When you’re yearning for a spot to enjoy the perfect “porch weather”, take a seat at Frothy Monkey in Downtown Franklin. We’re happy to share! This location’s wide and well covered wrap around porch is your refuge from pop-up showers, with the luxury of enjoying the summer breeze. There are bar seats to look out over the front lawn and traditional tables, too.

As a part of your Downtown Franklin adventure, enjoy a meal or your favorite coffee with us. As the Best Coffeehouse in Downtown Franklin, we’re proud to serve you and your family fresh local food and coffee options for any meal. 

Southside Chattanooga’s Sunny Patio

Set back a bit from busy Market St, Frothy Monkey in Southside Chattanooga’s bright and spacious porch is great for enjoying the summer sun. While exploring the Southside, stop in for Tennessee specialty roasted coffee and food with local flair. Your family and fur-babies are welcome on the patio! So, pull up a chair and join us for your bit of respite in the downtown hustle. Fueled by good eats, you’ll be ready to take on your next adventure in Chattanooga! 

Frothy Monkey Southside Chattanooga Outside Seating Area

Dinner at Frothy Monkey

Posted by on April 15, 2022

Instead of making a mess of the kitchen tonight, pull up a chair for dinner at Frothy Monkey. Our all-day cafes are a great option to serve groups of any size. Whether it’s you and your partner or the whole extended family, we’re here for you. 

Walking into Frothy for dinner should feel like coming home after a long day – cozy, comfortable, and safe. At our restaurants, you’ll find thoughtfully prepared dishes and respite filled with intention and warmth. Find “your spot”. Maybe it’s the cozy corner seat at 12South or a patio table that’s just perfect for watching sunsets. Trust us, they are spectacular in The Nations!

Your dinner dollar can go further with our weekly events like Wine Down Wednesday, Happy Hour every weekday and 1/2 off wine bottles every Friday. Locally sourced items don’t have to blow the budget, so go ahead and order your entree AND a cocktail. Order your wine, ½ off on Fridays AND your favorite dessert.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“A trip back home to Nashville is incomplete without a Frothy Monkey visit! This place is so versatile. I have so many memories studying for exams here, catching up with friends over coffee, birthday dinners, etc. The coffee is excellent, probably the best in the city. And most people know that, but what most people don’t know that their dinner menu is also incredible!!! I recommend the soups, chicken + gnocchi, and salads.

Emma Wooten – 4/12/22 -Yelp – 12South

Dinner Options

Starting at 4pm, we shift to a more intimate vibe, but still meet guests where they are. Take your time. Maybe start with a cheese plate and an Aperol spritz before wine and dinner entrees. Bring a book, a game, or just yourself to rest and enjoy. You’re our priority. Whether it’s time to decompress at the bar with a friend, bring a date for coffee, or treat your family to dinner, Frothy is your spot for a safe and comfortable experience.

Dinner at Frothy is also a great option for varied diets. We know it can be difficult to entertain groups with multiple dietary preferences or restrictions. We’ve mindfully curated the menu to include at least one option for vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free* and vegan guests. 

Available 4pm – close at all locations except Downtown Nashville at this time. Visit our locations page for more information on specific cafes.

Kids Dinner Options

When “Little Monkeys” join you for dinner, we love treating them to their own menu, which is available all day to kids 10 and under. 

kids' menu option
Kids French Toast + Bacon

French Toast
One slice of vanilla-cinnamon brioche French toast with powdered sugar + maple syrup.

Cheesy Eggs + Bacon
KY Farm Fresh Egg scrambled with cheese, slice of Broadbent bacon and fruit.

Kids Sandwiches
Turkey + Cheese,
Grilled Cheese,
PB+J

*While we can modify many of our dishes to be gluten-free, we are not a certified gluten-free kitchen.*


Weekly Events to Spice Things Up!

*Please note that our Downtown Nashville location currently closes at 3pm.*

Friday – 1/2 off Wine Bottle

While the kids are busy enjoying cheesy eggs or fluffy french toast, our 21+ guests can enjoy white, rose, and red wine for 1/2 off on Fridays after 5pm. Selections may vary by location, but you’re sure to find something to suit you.

Wine Down Wednesday

A Frothy favorite continues! Perhaps the most beloved of our weekly programming, every Wednesday, enjoy 3 pours and an individual cheese board or $4 off of a dinner entree from 4pm to close.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“The best local spot for brunch or dinner. Their Wine Down Wednesday program has options for everyone and each item is thoughtfully made and paired.”

Reanna Young – 11/12/21 – Yelp -12South

Don’t Miss Happy Hour!

Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm, is the perfect complement to your dinner at Frothy. Beer, wine and cocktail options are available at select locations. For more information visit our Happy Hour page. 

Farms + Purveyors featured in our Dinner Menu

Seasonal Menu Spring + Summer ‘22

Posted by on March 22, 2022

We’ve made it through “third winter” and we’re prepared to bring you an awesome selection of eats, happy hour cocktails, seasonal drinks for spring and summer. Inspired by childhood favorites, travel experiences, and frothy employees, we hope you love them as much as we do!

Some familiar menu options might be a little different, but the quality is still top notch. We’re always looking for ways to elevate dishes or make them more accessible for guests with dietary restrictions. We want to make your experience as stress free as possible. As a result, we are excited to work with The BE-Hive to integrate vegan cheese into our menu. We have adjusted some items to accommodate nut allergens, too!

2022 is already off to an incredible start, but we couldn’t have done it without your continued support. Your love for Frothy is truly appreciated and we see it in your reviews and smiling faces at our all-day cafes. We love serving you and your community, and can’t wait to see new faces in Birmingham and Knoxville later this year

New To Frothy

Sandwiches + Salads

Pastrami Sandwich

Beef pastrami, Swiss, whole grain mustard served warm on a grilled bun,
garnished with sweet cherry peppers. Served with chips & salsa


Capri Breakfast Sandwich

Sandwich with KY Farm Fresh eggs, mozzarella cheese, and basil pesto on a grilled bun


Kale Caesar – Returning!

Kale tossed with Caesar dressing, parmesan cheese, and croutons. Topped with Mediterranean quinoa, small or large.


Sweet Treats

Triple Chocolate Cookie

Chocolate cookie with white and milk chocolate chips

Tiramisu

Layered cocoa and coffee-flavored Italian dessert + chocolate sauce

Toffee Pecan Blondie

Golden cookie bar with Heath bar pieces, chocolate chips and pecans.


Updated Items

Dietary Modifications

Vegan

Our quinoa Burger is now completely vegan! We’re happy to add The BE-Hive to our list of local purveyors to make your vegan burger dreams come true. We are substituting traditional cheese with their vegan garlic mozz.

Quinoa + Black Bean Burger

House-made black bean and quinoa patty with tomato, lettuce, BE-Hive vegan garlic mozz and avocado mash on a grilled bun.

Nut Allergens

Check out the simple adjustments we’ve made to make apps + desserts a little sweeter for guests with nut allergies.

Cheese Plate, Charcuterie Board, & Combo Board

Marinated olives have been substituted for nuts. Yum!

Looking for more vegan or gluten-free options? Our cafes are equipped with modification menus to help you order for your dietary needs.


Gluten-Free Disclaimer
*Our gluten-free items are made with gluten-free ingredients but not in a certified gluten-free kitchen.

See the full spring/summer ‘22 menu – We can’t wait to hear what you think.

Looking for Seasonal Drinks? We know you’re going to love them!

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.

E.T.
Components:
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
Components:
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.


Cherry-O
Components:
Cold Brew, Sparkling Water, Cherry/ Basil/Lemon Simple Syrup

Created by:
William Theriot – he/him
Instagram:
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!

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

Vote for Frothy Monkey – Nashville Scene’s Best Coffeehouse

Posted by on August 9, 2021

Voting for the Nashville Scene’s Annual Best of Nashville issue is on! YOU voted us #1 coffeehouse in 2013 + 2014 + 2015 + 2017 + 2018 + 2020 AND Best Service in 2016 – Thank you!  Cast your vote HERE until September 6, 2021.

Please consider us for the following categories:

Best Coffeehouse
Best Service

Best Breakfast
Best Bakery
Best Brunch
Best Restaurant
Best Family-Friendly Restaurant

Best Patio
Best Restaurant in Williamson County
Best Local Twitter Account
Best Place To People Watch

Best Place To Take Out-of-Towners

Cast your vote HERE.

 


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