In celebration of 100 years serving this great community, we hosted a latte art throwdown this past Saturday at our location in Rockford. Barista connoisseurs alongside beginners competed for some spectacular prizes; we couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate 100 fantastic years than spending time with those who helped us get to where we are today and hosting the throwdown of the century!
The shop was packed full of people ready to party. Everyone was eager to cheer on the baristas and see some fantastic latte art. In total, fourteen people eagerly entered the completion. We saw talented baristas from local coffee shops like Madcap, Ferris, Lyon Street Cafe, Stovetop Coffee Roasters, and our own baristas from Sweetland. Among the fourteen competitors were seasoned baristas, people who hadn’t tried their hand at latte art in years, and one person who practiced his craft at home on his own espresso machine. The competition was fierce and everyone brought their A-game.
The latte art throwdown had a total of six rounds and kicked off with Round 1: Tulip art in a latte. As the competition continued, the art got more sophisticated and more difficult. The judges had a hard time deciding because all the art was so well done. Halfway through, we changed it up and challenged baristas to do their best art with their non-dominant hand! The final round required extreme skill and concentration: Swan latte art.
After lots of hard work, laughter, and tough competition we crowned our first, second, and third place winners; in first place Colin Russell; a Madcap barista, in second place, Ben Martin, also from Madcap, and in third place our very own Mikayla Scogg from Sweetland’s Rockford Location.
We are so thankful to all the people that participated in our first latte art throwdown; you all did amazing! It was such a great way to celebrate 100 wonderful years of business. Thank you to everyone who came out to watch; Sweetland had such an excellent time celebrating with our community! We love serving quality chocolates and coffee, but most of all, we love the people we serve. Thank you to each one of our community members who have supported us at some point in the past 100 years; cheers to 100 more!
If you were at the event, tag us in your photos @sweetlandcandies on instagram; we would love to see them.
Written by Haliegh Beasley
We are so excited to share with you that we now have nitro cold brew, kombucha, and carbonated water on tap at our Rockford Cafe!
We are serving our very own nitro cold brew that we make using our Nineteen Nineteen Blend. You might be thinking what is the difference between cold brew and nitro cold brew? The only difference is that we infuse the cold brew with nitrogen and pull it from a tap just like beer is commonly served. We love what nitrogen adds to our cold brew- a nice velvety and creamy texture.
For our kombucha we are serving Lively Up and the flavor is currently Lovin’ Lavender! Lovin' Lavender is a crisp, sharp, yet light lavender kombucha made to resemble floral essences and aroma. We hand blend this brew using the highest quality lavender, rose petals and hibiscus flowers in an effort to support calmness and peace within.
We will be using the carbonated water we now have on tap to serve with our espresso based drinks as a palate cleanser. It will also be available to purchase by the glass because if your anything like me I love carbonated water!
To celebrate our 100 years of being in business we are doing a customer appreciation day at our Plainfield location! Thanks to you we have been able to be in business for a century. We will be giving 20% off your entire purchase of candy! Please stop by so we can thank you for being one of our customer : )
Hey y’all to celebrate our 100 year anniversary we are hosting a latte art throwdown at our Rockford location! We would love you to be there to help us celebrate. This event is open to all whether you are competing or just wanting to spectate. There will be food, drinks, and tons of prizes to give away!
Registration will start at 6pm (30 spots)
First pour will be at 7pm
1st Place: $150 cash and Baratza coffee grinder
2nd Place: $50 gift card and prizes
3rd Place: Good times and prizes
Methodical Coffee, Baratza, La Marzocco, Fresh Cup Magazine, Oatly, Rishi Tea, Barista Underground, Country Dairy, KeepCup, OXO, Lively Up Kombucha, Barista Hustle, Fellow Products
There is nothing more exciting as a kid than Easter morning. All the anticipation and buildup of an Easter egg hunt was almost unbearable. Whether the hunt for the eggs was inside or outside (which is a tossup here in Michigan) you just could not wait to spot that first egg!
Here at Sweetland's we have all the Easter goodies to keep those traditions going strong. Even if it's not an Easter hunt that brings you excitement anymore. Maybe it's the chocolate bunny your parent get's you every year even though you're well past that age.
We love Easter, the traditions, the stories we hear from customers and knowing we are done with Winter FINALLY.
SPRING IS HERE! You don't believe us? Well then try this honey lavender latte and fall head over heels for spring. This latte perfectly balances honey and lavender from our house made syrup with espresso and milk.
SPRING SIGNATURE DRINK MENU
Honey Lavender Latte
Pistachio Rose Latte
Tres Leches Cappuccino
Masala Chai Milkshake
We love creating a new signature drink menu every season for you. It is a lot of hard work and preparation behind the scenes to come up with new and noteworthy drinks each season. But it is so worth it when you hear a customer say "this is my new favorite drink!" To that we say we could not be more stoked to share with you our winter menu. Shown in the picture above is our Moonlight Matcha - We cold steep milk with blue jasmine tea sourced from Rishi for 24 hrs to create this stunning and tasty drink. The end result is a fragrant and sweet jasmine milk topped off with matcha. Peep the rest of our winter drink line-up below!
- Sea Salt Caramel Latte
- Frosted Mint Mocha
- Moonlight Matcha
- The Snowman Latte
These drinks are available at both of our locations below!
Happy Monday Y'all!
Did you know we have a DRIVE-THRU & SEATING at our PLAINFIELD AVE location? Drive on up to our window if your in a hurry or come on in and hang with us. We will hook you up with warm vibes, free WiFi, and awesome coffee of course!
The Holiday Season is all about traditions to us at Sweetland's. Every year we retrofit our kitchen to make candy canes for two days. It is a family affair with Mom, Dad, and Son working together to make handmade candy canes. We suggest starting a new tradition with Sweetland's candy canes by bringing them home to surprise the family or loved one. Or heck just to eat one while your watching a Christmas movie. They are available in cherry and peppermint and available for purchase at both of our retail locations.
We have our very own coffee blend AND we are super stoked to share it with y’all!
“We created this blend for all coffee drinkers alike. Sipping on a glass of Nineteen Nineteen is like biting into one of our famous chocolate covered caramels. It's versatile and perfect for any brew method from espresso to drip coffee. “
The Nineteen Nineteen Blend can be enjoyed at both of our Cafe’s on drip and espresso! It is also available for purchase at both of our Cafe’s as well as online!
Use code “1919” for 10% off your first order!
Andrew Naum fourth generation candy maker and director of coffee.