Every time a bell rings, an Aggie get their ring! (That’s how that quote goes, right?)
You know how you seem to wait for something forever and once the time finally comes you’re simply in shock and don’t believe the time is actually here. That is basically how it is for an Aggie waiting to get their ring. Freshman and Sophomore year the reality of getting an Aggie ring seems so distant and far, far away. Going into Senior year at Texas A&M is crazy and surreal in and of itself. But yesterday I did it. I finally ordered my Fightin’ Texas Aggie Ring (A-Whoop!). It’s one of those things in life where while you’re in the act of doing it, you’re like, “Wait, am I really doing this?” What made ordering my Aggie ring even more special was the fact that I got to bring my friend Hannah. Hannah is from China and has only been in the United States since this past January. Hannah was able to come with me to order my ring and discover some of A&M’s coolest traditions for the very first time. It was cool to be able to share this exciting day and event with her! After I dropped Hannah back off at her work, I decided to take a celebratory visit to a coffee shop I had recently heard about but hadn’t had the chance to visit yet. I heard about “1541” coffee shop at the end of the Spring semester and had been longing to try it but never got the chance. Recently I had also heard that “1541” does awesome latte art. Believe it or not, I had never really experienced latte art before so I was ready to give it a try! I was joking with some coworkers that I was going to have my latte art be a picture of an Aggie ring since I was ordering my ring. What started as a joke turned out to be something I actually wanted to do! One of the owners of “1541”, Anel, is actually the one that helped me out. When I gave her my interesting request she said that she could do it and she would try her best to draw an Aggie ring. And her best she really did! I was amazed and obsessed with my latte displaying the beautiful Aggie ring. It was so pretty I almost didn’t want to drink it (that’s when you know it’s beautiful, haha). I got a brown sugar latte and it was extremely smooth until the last drop. The brown sugar flavor was faint and did a good job not to overpower the taste of the coffee itself. Experience is everything to me and it is something that I find as being one of the most importance things I judge anywhere I go. What really makes “1541” stand out to me is the fact that they can truly make their customers feel special and valued. There are not many coffee shops that can create custom art for each individual customer. Anel drawing a ring in my latte made my day even more enjoyable and special than it already was. I adore anything that makes people feel valued and I think that is exactly what “1541” is doing here. I dig it!!
The meaning behind the name “1541” is unique and noteworthy in and of itself. The couple who owns the coffee shop, Sam and Anel, were married in the city of Morelia, Mexco. This city is a cultural world heritage site and is the couple’s favorite city. Morelia was founded in 1541; hints the reasoning behind the name of their coffee shop. I love it when names are meaningful and have a sweet purpose behind them. I was able to talk to Anel and she said that one of their reasonings behind opening the coffee shop was her and her husband’s desire to create a gathering place for people to meet and enjoy quality coffee AND pastries and not have to go anywhere else to have to do that. “1541” has delicious desserts and pastries handcrafted by their baker in addition to their wonderful coffee. I tried one of their most popular desserts, the tiramisu. I do not think I have ever tried tiramisu before. It was absolutely delightful and I loved every bite. I was impressed with this light and fluffy dessert. Working at a bakery, I am pretty picky about my desserts and the quality of them, so I am not too incredibly easy to impress, but I was. This dessert was wonderful and a perfect compliment for the latte. Anel said that they also have gluten free desserts as well which is awesome and very accommodating for many people. The coffee shop uses “LavAzza” coffee beans from Italy. They have a super smooth and strong taste without being too acidic or bitter. I loved these beans; it was definitely something I had never tried before.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to “1541”. My experience at this coffee shop added to the uniqueness and excitement of my day. I can’t wait to bring friends here and show them this hidden gem in College Station!le_ui_features = 'rc:0'; //-->
Love, Allie Boykin
Photos by Allie Boykin
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