Downtown Rutledge Hill's Crema coffeehouse takes its expertly prepared coffee and espresso drinks seriously. As the coffeehouse explains, "Crema
is the mark of excellence in the finest espresso. When a shot of espresso is properly crafted, its rich foam topping is the crema
. We focus on the fundamental elements, so our highly skilled, ninja-like baristas use small-batch, locally roasted beans, precise methods and superior equipment to hand-craft the finest traditional Italian coffee and espresso." Rachel Lehman (ex-manager at Sam & Zoe's in Berry Hill) and husband Ben Lehman co-own the well-received, Italian-style coffeehouse, which debuted in 2008. Coffee beans come roasted from local purveyors, with pastries, sandwiches, bagels and quiche also locally produced.