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Espresso Shot with a Sidecar?

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Espresso at Vigilante Coffee in Hyattsville, MD

Vigilante Coffee: “Uplifting others through Specility Coffee”

This coffee house is one of my favorites in the DMV! Located in Hyattsville, MD; Vigilante is a whole vibe. It has an industrial-look with an airy feel. A roastery and cafe serving artisanal java made from organic and fair-trade beans.

The cool atmosphere allows one to settle into an amazing cup of coffee. Oberving the roasting process is an added bonus.

I personally got to know the proprietors Chris and Ashely years ago when I had the awesome opportunity of supplying the shop with my fresh made granola. One of my best jobs ever! Their passion for the coffee industry shines through in every cup. And the staff are some of the kindest and most professional I have experienced in all of my MANY visits to coffee houses around the world.

On today’s #esspressotrips, I enjoyed an espresso shot with a sidecar! The sidecar was sparkling water. This was a first for me. So, I decided to do a bit of research. It turns out that sparkling water is served alongside an espresso to improve the customer experience. In fact, Jason Reed Miller, director of coffee at Mazarine Coffee in San Francisco’s bustling financial district told Maggie Spicer at Edible magazine (July 2015) “The act of serving water as an unexpected accompaniment expands the experience of drinking espresso in a café.” This resonates with me because I was able to cleanse my palate before I enjoyed the flavor burst of the morning!

If you are ever in the DMV I highly recommend you visit Vigilante! Check them out on Instagram @vigilantecoffee

Thank you Vigilante for another great and different coffee experience!

Yours in coffee,



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Wife| Mother| Author| Healthcare Executive| Counsultant| Alicia Dalton has over 20 years of experience in the Behavioral Health field. She is a former substance abuse counselor and a Master Level Healthcare Administrator who promotes quality healthcare services. Her passion is to support, assist, and empower agencies to utilize Best Practices while serving others and to ensure excellence while doing so. She believes in providing quality care to "under-served" patients and emphasizes an Holistic Continuum of Care approach. Mrs. Dalton realizes the importance of bridging the gap between treatment and discharge. For this reason, she aids in connecting agencies to adjunctive services and other community resources to help clients live their best lives. Her leadership of doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, and administrators has produced seamless workflows and service delivery in various health settings. Alicia enjoys cooking and baking for her friends and family. Over the years she has created many recipes and blogs about her international travel and love for coffee on various social media platforms. She is also featured in a documentary: Woman of Faith-Coping with Trauma, where she along with four other women speak out about their trauma experiences and how they used faith to overcome. Alicia is also the Co-Author of: The Let Go: Elevate Your Destiny and Forgive. This inspiring book explores the path of two women and their journey to forgiveness and how it ultimately helped them realize their destiny. Mrs. Dalton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Siena Heights University. Follow Alicia: Instagram @sweetsations For documentary information: Facebook @faithtraumafilm DISCLAIMER: This is a personal website/blog, produced in my own time and solely reflecting my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employers, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is written and edited by me.

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