SOUTHINGTON, Conn. — Barista Kaylee Mazzamurro is in the business of brewing coffee.
She and the team at the Lion’s Den Coffee Shop in Plantsville have been crafting caffeinated creations since opening up in November.
“There is so much that goes into a good cup of coffee and I think a lot of people don’t really know that and have not experienced a good cup of coffee–especially if you’re used to a Dunkin or Starbucks,” said Mazzamurro, “It is such a science. You have to figure out what is impacting your espresso bean, why is it pooling different, and how you can change that to get a good shot for someone."
The owner of Lion's Den, Vincenzo Infante has dozens of Italian inspired offerings and sweet treats on his growing menu.
Infante is a Bristol police officer by night, and once the sun comes up, he’s at the counter at the West Main Street location. He says the community is doing a lot to support local businesses.
“It is just really starting to develop with some of the local business owners–putting a lot of money into the community, and now the government getting involved to try and revitalize it as well,” said Infante.
It’s a mission Lion’s Den hopes to support one cup at a time.
“I love when I have a happy customer who is like, 'This is amazing!', and, 'This shot is the best shot I have ever tasted!'. I think for me that is very rewarding as a barista,” said Mazzamurro.
The Lion’s Den is open 7 days a week and you can order ahead online. Learn more at their website.