In honor of this summer’s most popular iced coffee beverage, Michael’s Cafe American proudly presents Sea Cloud, the movie!

(okay it’s not really a movie, it’s only 42 seconds long, but if you drink as much coffee as I do, 42 seconds is a long time)

Our Sea Cloud Iced Latte is made with fresh whole milk from local dairy farms. First, the milk is poured into a glass with ice. Then fresh roasted coffee from our own Black Ship Coffee is made into a generous serving of espresso, then carefully poured on top, so that it floats like a cloud on top of the ice cold milk.

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Videographer Daisuke Hakamada (Tono Brewing Company) captured the sea clouds of the Tono basin, using an iPhone, and time-lapse photography, in the hills high above Tono, at sunrise.

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I’d never seen sea clouds until we came to Tono.

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We’d just arrived, in the autumn of 2017, when first we met Daisuke. It was a Friday, we were at Mamehiko’s, were waiting in line to buy coffee.

While we were talking Daisuke showed me, on his iPhone, amazing time-lapse photography he’d taken above Tono basin.

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We soon discovered that we’re both launching similar projects in Tono at the same time, a brewery, and a roastery. By the spring of 2018, our coffee shop and the Tono Brewery taproom opened for business only a few blocks from each other in downtown Tono.

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[photos from a party celebrating the opening of 遠野醸造 Tono Brewing Company]

This summer we started serving iced lattes inspired by Tono’s “sea of clouds”.

Daisuke was kind enough to share his photos and videos, to help us celebrate the Sea Cloud.

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Come try one today! And visit the shop next door, and pick up some coffee to give to friends as gifts!

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What are sea clouds?

A sea of clouds is an overcast layer of clouds, viewed from above, with a relatively uniform top which shows undulations of very different lengths resembling waves.[1] A sea of fog is formed from stratus clouds or fog and does not show undulations.[2]

In both cases, the phenomenon looks very similar to the open ocean. The comparison is even more complete if some mountain peaks rise above the clouds, thus resembling islands.

A sea of clouds forms generally in valleys or over seas in very stable air mass conditions such as in a temperature inversion. Humidity can then reach saturation and condensation leads to a very uniform stratocumulus cloud, stratus cloud or fog. Above this layer, the air must be dry. This is a common situation in a high-pressure area with cooling at the surface by radiative cooling at night in summer, or advection of cold air in winter or in a marine layer.

Source: wikipedia

 

 

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