Sip of Europe is a coffee shop and cafe located in Portland, Maine. The name holds a couple of implications that become apparent upon entry and order. First, the owner and operator of the cafe, Yulia Stolkner, is from Russia, and is the face of the business.
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Customers Rave About the Quality of the Food, Drink & Customer Service
Second, as is fitting of her heritage, much of the food and beverages offered at Sip of Europe are of, logically, European variety. Yulia established Sip of Europe in May of 2015, and ever since, the customers and critics have been raving about the quality. This is to say, not just the quality of the food and drink, but of the customer service.
Yulia is known for her “Russian hospitality,” merrily greeting and serving every customer herself. Her personality is apparent across all of the business’s media sites, and she is the subject of a vast majority of the reviews people spread amongst the internet.
The Owner is Always Present and Personable
People do not leave Sip of Europe without having some kind of interaction with her, and this has made the cafe a welcoming staple within its neighborhood. However, people wouldn’t enter the cafe and be greeted by her in the first place, if it were not for what Sip of Europe bakes, busks, and brews.
Also, the subject of many cheerful reviews are the award-winning crepes. Crepes are a staple of European delicacies, and the options Sip of Europe presents are vast.
Famous For Their Sweet & Savory Crepes
People in America tend to associate crepes with pancakes, except pancakes are largely a sweet-paired breakfast item, and crepes can act almost as if they are burritos. Therefore, the crepes a separated into two menus: sweet, and savory.
The sweet options include fruit like blueberries, strawberries, bananas, and apples, met with additives like Nutella, peanut butter, marshmallow, or maple syrup.
Get Creative With the Savory Crepes
The savory menu is where things get creative. Even the crepes themselves come flavored, such as in the Chipollino, which is made of onion and dill batter with dill and parmesan.
This can be ordered alone or filled with the ingredients that go into the other menu items, such as turkey, salmon, roast beef, and a variety of cheeses, vegetables, and spices.
Select crepes are even made with alcohol, and this practice extends into the beverage menu. Prepared into hot, cold, or shake style beverages, Sip of Europe’s beverages combine a wealth of flavors, from espresso, teas, milks, syrups, wine, and ice cream.
Try Some Delicious European Style Coffees
There are standards, such as lattes and mochas, but also the European-style items, like the Coffee Glace, which is espresso poured atop ice-cream, or the Irish Coffee, which contains alcohol at the bottom.
Yulia is passionate about not messing these drinks up. Her European passion is demonstrated throughout the store too, via the artwork and pictures on the walls, and the little Eiffel Tower model that sits at the drink stand.
Of course, Europe is displayed first and foremost through the food and drink, and you can try these yourself, amidst happy, Russian hospitality.
229 Congress St, Portland, Maine, 04101