MAZ café con leche Opens TOMORROW

MAZ café con leche--a SanTana coffee shop specializing in Latino-inspired drinks like Mazapan, Abuelita, and horchata lattes and frappes--is celebrating its grand opening tomorrow, August 29, starting at 9 a.m. They'll be having a buy-one-drink-get-one-half-off deal all day, free samples, and giveaways, so you won't want to miss it ('sides, it'll be hot, so you'll be needing a cold drink anyway).

The new cafe is part-lounging area, part-study area, and part-art-gallery/performance space. Owner Senah Kim says she wants to create an environment where people can enjoy local art and music with a cup of coffee in hand. Specifically, she wants to work with underrepresented, emerging artists and plans to host events for creatives at the shop. Pretty cool, eh?

Kim's art-centric philosophy reflects in the space's design, where wood furniture and succulents dictate the cafe's visual identity. Walls are decorated with local art and there's a designated space for musical performances. The drinks and food are aesthetically pleasing, too: frappes are served in glass mason jars overflowing with whipped cream; the dulce de leche cake stands like a sculpture--ornate and bronze.

The cafe boasts its Mazapan frappe--a drink inspired by those crumbly desserts every Mexican on Earth still eats in one bite and tries to make stick to the roof of their mouth--as a must-try. Besides the Abuelita and horchata frappes and lattes mentioned earlier, there's also the Vienna--espresso with whipped cream--and cold brew filtered with a French press. For food, they'll have empanadas made with cajeta and salads.

Now for the fun stuff: the grand opening will include a photo booth, live painting, and performances by Sokratik, Something Van Something, Dave Chappell (not the comedian--in case you were wondering), and more. MAZ café con leche is located at 608 N Lacy St, Santa Ana; Instagram: @MAZcafeconleche

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