Now Brewing at Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee

Written by Terri Garlick
Welcome to town, Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee ~ Joe and Laura Ancona's new adventure, and one that will have Ridgefielders smiling... and returning.

Located in the heart of Branchville, customers can now experience a unique artisanal coffee bar with delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries and handmade gelato. Nothing has been forgotten, from the inviting fireplace and comfy leather chairs with free wifi to the locally-roasted coffee beans personally selected by Laura and Joe fromRedding Roasters Coffee Company, it is a little bit of "Tusk"any in Ridgefield. By using the freshest, natural local ingredients in their food and beverages, and importing other products from Italy, Tusk & Cup is the perfect mixture old and new; and the partnering with local establishments, The Cake Box and Deborah Ann's Sweet Shoppe, for additional sweets, makes it decidedly Ridgefield.

One of the highlights of the day was learning about "the trifecta coffee brewer," individualized brewing using three phases: wetting, extraction, and hydrolysis which unlock nuances in flavors and aromas for a perfect cup.  One of only two shops in Connecticut to offer this method of brewing, coffee-a-holics or just the causal drinkers are sure to be smitten with this unique brewing method and the many nuances a single cup can offer.  And not to be missed, the flavored teas... their Chocolate Mint was so rich it made me think of the uncoming holidays.

With soothing colors, sounds, and smells, it is the perfect spot to join with friends, have a meeting or enjoy some solitude.  Open from 6 am to 10 pm, it's just right for your morning cup o' joe, mid-morning snack, lunch meeting or coffee and dessert after dinner.

Oh, and if you're wondering about the name....

Elephants have always held a special place in both Italian heritage and the Ancona family. Elephants are a symbol of wisdom, power, loyalty, intelligence, and strength. Elephant figurines placed on shelves or by doorways are said to ensure longevity and luck. And we want to wish Tusk & Cup a long and prosperous stay in Branchville!


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