Falling in love with lattes all over again at Richmond’s Catahoula Coffee

Loving lattes at Richmond's Catahoula Coffee
An artistic latte prepared by Catahoula Coffee barista Nadya Lorenzo-Perez. (Photo credit: Mike Kinney)

The ingredients are simple: milk and espresso. But let’s face it, not all cafes do justice to the latte.

Want one done right? Head to Catahoula Coffee at 12472 San Pablo Ave. in the North and East neighborhood of Richmond. Since Tim “Timber” Manhart opened shop in 2008, Catahoula Coffee, which roasts their own organic coffee beans on the premises, continues to hit the spot for many locals and visitors.

At Catahoula, the espresso lattes are a work of art. We asked barista Nadya Lorenzo-Perez to explain:

“The milk we use must always be consistent. It can never be foamy or frothy,” Lorenzo-Perez said. “The milk must literally look like white paint. It needs to look smooth and glossy. It is also important that our espresso shots must be very smooth.”

After the espresso is poured and the milk is properly heated, artistry is displayed. For us, Nayda swiftly but carefully poured the creamed milk into the espresso in a manner that created a beautiful white leaf. Her next cup was even more impressive, featuring an intricate floral design using chocolate sauce.

Catahoula Coffee is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., closing at 3 p.m. on Sundays. You can also fetch a cup at the Point Richmond Social Club at 401 S Garrard Blvd., also owned by Manhart.