Humbly located behind Southern Hills Hospital, “Tipsy Coffee House” is a quaint and secretive stop for people who enjoy the pinch of strong coffee and the comfort of an ambient environment. The coffee shop’s trademark items are their alcohol-infused truffles (for those 21+), but their eats and brews are quite commendable. However, any coffee shop experience is heavily influenced by the quality of customer service.
The cafe’s environment was littered with mix-and-match furniture, wall art and a shelf of board games. With free wireless internet, large tabletops, comfortable couches and lounge chairs, the cafe accommodates for study sessions or brew and breakfast with a friend. Music containing songs that reigned in the ’60s and ’70s, such as Carl Carlton’s “She’s A Bad Mama Jama” and Sam Cooke’s “What A Wonderful World” flooded the cafe to accompany the cozy atmosphere.
The menu includes a collection of coffee classics, such as the Americano, Cappuccino and Mocha, that come in either 12 ounces, 16 ounces or 20 ounces. Aside from those traditional options, their menu also features specialty espresso drinks available either hot or iced, such as the Blue Velvet Latte (white chocolate and blueberry) and Cookie Butter Latte (cookie butter and vanilla). They also serve different flavors of tea, as well as more exotic varieties, such as Lung Ching Green Tea and Dragon Pearl Jasmine Tea.
In the case of an empty stomach, “Tipsy” also serves a selection of breakfast sandwiches, giving customers the choice between spinach, ham, sausage or bacon with egg and cheese on a croissant or bagel. On the sweeter side is a bowl of Ump Qua Oats, prepackaged oatmeal available in different fruity flavors. For lunch, customers can opt for their house made soups and sandwiches, such as broccoli and cheese, minestrone, cream of mushroom, chicken salad and hot ham and cheese.
Tipsy Coffee House by Nikki Molina on Exposure
As for coffee, my guest and I could not resist trying on the specialty espressos for size. I ordered an iced Ashley’s Macchiato (caramel and vanilla, $4.20), whereas my guest ordered an iced Bella Luna (caramel, hazelnut and coconut, $4.20). The Ashley’s Macchiato was overflowing, with some of the liquid leaking out the top of the lid. Aside from that, the macchiato’s sweetness was not too overpowering. The Bella Luna, on the other hand, was unlike any beverage I ever tasted. The fruitiness of the coconut created a satisfying balance between the overwhelming sweetness of the caramel and earthiness of the hazelnut.
I ordered a ham, egg and cheese sandwich on a toasted bagel, which seemed tasty at first sight, but on first bite I was disappointed with the overwhelming flavor of the cheese. I was hoping for the same balance in flavor present in the drinks. My guest, on the other hand, ordered Ump Qua Oats with apples, cranberries and walnuts, which was light and refreshing.
Although the cafe’s consumables are gratifying, my experience at “Tipsy Coffee House” was perturbed by poor customer service. The barista, who was the only employee present, was not enthusiastic when my guest and I were placing our orders. And even if my guest and I were the only patrons in the cafe, my breakfast sandwich took 20 minutes to arrive at my table.
Although “Tipsy Coffee House” is successful in creating coffee blends that are unmatched in the Vegas valley, the customer service degrades the experience. But those who are crazy for a cup of coffee will find satisfaction in the unique blends and expert execution synthesized in their brews.