The Fix Cafe in Harrisburg is taking “latte art” to the next level.
The coffee shop, which debuts Oct. 1 at 403 Walnut St., is creating personalized cups of coffee, not with a traditional barista, but with the help of a fairly new technology – a 3D printing latte-art machine. The stainless machine can personalize cups of joe with photographs, messages and logos.
Co-owner Lakshmi Tanniru said the specialized latte art sets the shop apart. “Nobody has it around here,” he said.
Designs are drawn on foam with coffee extract “ink” dispensed by a cartridge in the machine. It can print messages, shapes and designs, and customers can share selfies on the spot to create “selfieccinos.”
Latte art is just one of the customized items available at the Fix Cafe, where diners also can build their own crepes, mostly sweet versions with fruits and Nutella. Crepe prices start at about $3 for a plain and an additional 25 to 50 cents per topping.
Coconut drinks are made from a coconut milk base and mixed with a variety of homemade fruit sauces including mango, blueberry, kiwi and peach.
In addition, a variety of loose leaf teas, flavored lemonades and espresso drinks will be available. The cafe uses organic ingredients, from the coffee to toppings on the crepes.
Tinniru, former owner of Namaste Indian Cuisine in Lemoyne, said he had been working on The Fix since August 2019, and always wanted to open a coffee shop.
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“Coffee is the first thing people have in the morning, so if the coffee is good people will have a good day,” he said.
The Fix sources coffee from companies in Virginia and Wisconsin, and serves two medium roasted blends. One blend imparts an almond flavor, while Tinniru said the other has notes of chocolate.
Unlike some of his competitors, Tinniru said Fix Cafe’s coffee is not bitter.
Originally, the cafe was supposed to open in February but the coronavirus pandemic derailed plans. Cafe partner Liz Albayero said they realize opening during a pandemic might not be ideal timing but they needed to generate some revenue.
“The biggest concern is how good are we going to do?” she said. “Last week it was still like an empty town but this week for some reason it’s a little more busier.”
She said they are confident that once state employees return to offices, they will support Fix Cafe and surrounding businesses. But at the same time she’s worried private companies will continue to operate under work-at-home models to save money.
The cafe’s hours are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Phone is 717-412-4093.