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Liquid Nitrogen + Organic Ingredients a Hit at A La Minute Creamery in Redlands

The Citrus Avenue business recently began partnering with Augie's Coffee House for Affogato Sundays.

If there's a line on Citrus Avenue across from City Hall in Redlands these days, people are usually waiting outside A La Minute, where chef-owner Ryan Berk and his team create ice cream to order using liquid nitrogen.

Berk says he also uses an all-organic ice cream base, Redlands-grown oranges and honey, strawberries from Live Oak Canyon, caramel from Yucaipa, and other local ingredients.

"The reason my ice cream's unique is because when it's created you've got smoke billowing off, it's getting crazy, and it takes about 30 seconds for it turn from a liquid to a solid," Berk says on his business' website.

Liquid nitrogen is simply nitrogen, which makes up 78 percent of the atmosphere, in a liquid state, Berk says. It's -321 degrees Fahrenheit.

"Using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream reduces the size of ice crystals and results in a much creamier ice cream," Berk says.

Prices for individual servings start at $4. Lines and return customers indicate many people think A La Minute's cold confections are worth it.

A recent twist is A La Minute's partnership with Augie's Coffee House, around the corner on North 5th Street, for Affogato Sundays. Augie's owner Austin Amento has an "amazing mobile espresso cart" for the weekly visits to A La Minute.

The result is "pure vanilla bean ice cream" with "a perfect espresso," Berk and Amento said in a recent video they put together to promote Affogato Sundays.

A La Minute is at 19 E. Citrus Ave., #105, and it opens at noon seven days a week. Augie's is at 113 N. 5th St. Opening hours are 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.

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Tara A. Talvin July 16, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Great idea and ice cream, but too pricey. People will try it an occasionally come back, but the price is the damper. Either lower the price or offer local and available coupons.
Veronica July 16, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I think for what the product is, and the ingredients, that the price is just fine. Cold Stone is about the same, as is a pint of Ben & Jerry's at the grocery store. And I'd much rather support local business than chain stores! My family is a BIG fan of A La Minute!
Tara A. Talvin July 16, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I would much rather support the local business too and the ice cream is wonderful, but it still has to be affordable to local families to thrive in this economy. The $4 minimum is high, even though I rave about the product. $2.99 for the small size is plenty. Leave the prices for the rest the same. This is affordable and a "stay in business" price. This is my opinion, and none of my opinion is about not liking the product! Yes, there are people waiting "outside the door" but will that be able to be maintained at those prices? That is the question.
Bopifas November 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I'm a bit surprised to hear so many complains about price. The real conversation should be about value. They deliver a terrific value. I'd challenge anyone to use the same high quality ingredients, production techniques and deal with the overhead on a prime location in Redlands and deliver this level of product at this price. If you want a low price you can always pickup and bucket of vanilla ice cream at Wal-mart and rant about the low price your got.
princess November 17, 2012 at 06:30 AM
today they went to the school it was so cool to see it being made i love it but its after tastes was so gross i throw up
princess November 17, 2012 at 06:32 AM
today they went to the school it was so cool to see it being made i love it but its after tastes was so gross i throw up

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