Chain; Starbuck’s Cascara Coldbrew… ew?

Chain; Starbuck’s Cascara Coldbrew… ew?

     Hey there guys! Thank you for joining me for this late post! I know I usually post around noon, but I’ve honestly been swamped. And that’s on top of trying to recover from whatever has me under the weather. I’m bringing us back home with a (somewhat) new-ish drink from everyone’s favorite chain coffee shop; the Cascara Coldbrew!

    I’ll keep this one fairly short, but I want to preface this with a thanks to the gentleman who allowed me to try a sample of this one! Based off the title, I didn’t care for it, but I really liked the opportunity to give it a go! 

     The first thing I did was sniff it- because, this is what I do, especially when faced with an unfamiliar “Cascara”. Right off the bat, I was stricken with how sharp it smelled. I caught the scent of bitter nuttiness that was offensive to my sugar-cravings. If you remember my attempts to like coffee soda, this gave me war flashbacks. Not a fan of remembering a drink I’ve worked so hard to repress.

 

The Drinkening

 

     Onto the actual drink itself; I procrastinated on taking the first sip. Despite the super nice barista assuring me that it was citrusy, and creamy, I found that I did not agree. Once I was able to psych myself up, I closed my eyes and took a sip. Right off the bat, I noticed the froth was mildly earthy, almost nutty with those citrus undertones. 

     The coffee portion of this drink, which I was excited for before having one handed to me, was surprisingly smooth. Not sweet in the least, which I should have figured. It honestly could just be my propensity for sweets, that made me take this as bitter. I did note the citrus flavor kind of peaking through the nuttiness. My general feeling is that it’s like coffee soda, without the carbonation. I think my least favorite thing about this one, is that it’s rich. It’s got a heavy thickness that lingers at the back of your throat and leaves you tasting it for minutes afterward. 

      Honestly, I did look into sweetening it. But I was unsure on how I wanted to go about that. I kind of feel like sweetening it would make it into a different drink, and I may try that next time… If there is one. I think what I’m trying to get at with this post, is that super nice baristas aside, I don’t like the Cascara. And I guess I certainly don’t like cold brew.

 

Taste; /5

     Really, I don’t think this one needs any explanation. I think this is first time since the Cinnamon and Almondmilk Macchiato that I’ve been this displeased with Starbucks. That Juniper latte was rough, but I don’t know… I think this one might give it a run for its money. 

     It’s okay Starbucks, you can’t please everyone!

 

 

Coffee Abroad; Thank you, Mama (mocha’s)!

Drink; Tirraman mocha (heavy caramel and mocha)
Stop; Auburn, Alabama
 
  Hey guys! I’m so sorry that my post for today is late! If you’ve been following on Instagram and Twitter, I’ve been rather sick. I tested the Tarteist Pro Remix palette for my next video (with my updated setup!), but I’ve lost my voice. So… there’s that. 

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       Anyway… let’s get to today’s delayed post! While on my weekend adventure to Auburn, I visited Mama Mochas again. This time I was pleased to see that they had completely rearranged their shop, which changed the aesthetic just a little bit. The lighting was different, I believe, as well! Then again, it could have been an illusion by the seemingly different decor. They changed up their seating arrangement, but despite the changes, it was this still the same old mama mochas. This time I also noticed, that they had a thrift rack. Where you could buy clothing that I assume was donated by the Bristow’s of the establishment. But before I perused the rack, I decided to get my long awaited coffee! Today, I got something new.
 
Mama Mochas tirraman mocha
 
         It honestly took all of my self-control not to get my usual White Russian, since I do gravitate towards the same flavors. I gathered my strength and this time I got the tirraman mocha. It’s their mocha with heavy caramel, and I gotta tell you, it is not the same as my white Russian. So tasting it shocked my taste buds because what I wanted was the white Russian, and it’s what I was expecting. That aside, this is not a bad drink. At first it’s got a very earthy tone underneath the richness of the caramel. There’s a fair bit of bite from the espresso. But once you get used to it you’re able to recognize the sweetness just underneath.This is another one from my trip, that you want to drink and great moderation. Small sips are your friend. Which sucks for me, because I like to drink my coffee fast. I’ll learn one of these days!
 
       Before I left, I perused the aforementioned thrift rack. I found this some super adorable pieces that almost came home with me! I had nearly settled on a super cute Jersey dress, or some really cute shirts that would be perfect for work. But, know I did not get anything I could wear to work. Except, on a casual Friday, maybe. I got an adorable black sweater comet looks like something I would see at the posh peach. With the word Love on the front.  It was only $5, no regrets. 
 
     My final consensus on Mama Mochas for this visit is….
 

Taste; /5

    This one honestly wasn’t for me, I prefer much sweeter flavors than this one delivered. It wasn’t bad by any stretch, so if you enjoy the bite of Espresso, you may really like this!

Instagrameter; /5

A new look means a new score! I wanna say I gave Mama Mochas a similar one last time! I really liked the openness of their new arrangement and found it very welcoming and cozy feeling. You know, despite being a fairly large and open floor. 

       As some real quick final thoughts of post, I want to thank you guys for joining me to check out another selection from Auburn! I sincerely do think that 2019 is going to be a year of content, and travel! Also, I haven’t done a giveaway in a while, so if you guys want in on any future ones that I’m planning, go ahead and sign up for my weekly newsletter! 

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Coffee Abroad; Auburn, Alabama’s own RossHouse!

            On my Weekend of Content, I took myself on a date to Auburn. I hadn’t been in so long, I hadn’t realized how much there was to do just in a single block! I visited 2 coffee shops and 4 boutiques to gather content for you! Let’s get to the first leg of my trip. Ross House. The weather being as inclement as it was, made my trip have a foreboding air. The rain intermittently drizzled and poured from the sky in torrents. When I walked up to Ross House, it was lightly drizzling but I got soaked to the bone as I left.

       The Ross House doesn’t let you forget that it is, in fact, a house. The aesthetic is altogether cozy and inviting. When you walk in, you’re greeting by a fireplace and chandeliers through the open doorway. There’s a separate room to the left of the entrance with more tables. I didn’t take photos of some of the other rooms for the privacy of the patrons that were set up there. I was honestly a little confused when I walked in, because generally when you walk into a coffee shop, the counter is right in front of you when you enter. 

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       I ordered a Vanilla Gingerbread Iced Latte, thinking I liked Gingerbread because I do like the cookies. That didn’t turn out to be the case, sadly. So, they did offer to make me something more up my alley. I went with a safe bet of Vanilla Caramel, I did find that it was much more bitter and earthy than I had expected.  This is one for people who enjoy the bite of espresso. Luckily for my sweet tooth, after a few sips the earthiness died down. Once I was able to taste the sweetness under the bite, it was smooth and rich. I think next time, I’ll get my drink extra sweet.

      Before we close out this post, I do want to note that the parking is woefully horrible. I had to do a very uncomfortable K-turn to get out. There’s a parking garage next door but it’s not available for anyone other than apartment guests. It was gated off, which I only found out by going into the wrong parking lot. 

 

       My rating for Ross House is below!

Taste; /5

Instagrameter; /5

Hometown Cravings; Starbucks New Cinnamon Shortbread Frappe!

     
     Hey, guys! I’m actually kind of on time for this particular post, because this drink just launched yesterday! I’ve been frequenting Starbucks pretty heavily for the past month or so, since I work 5 minutes from both Starbucks, and two thrift shops. It really gives me things to do when I get off, especially since just ten minutes in the opposite direction would take me to an outdoor shopping mall. So, maybe not a great thing for my flagging self-discipline.
      
     Anyway, let’s get to the drink!
 
Cinnamon Shortbread Frappe- topped with nutmeg and whipped topping
 
 
 
    First off, just take a moment and look at that. Doesn’t it look delicious? It is. It absolutely, 100% is. Though I do have to add a disclaimer, I’m really not sure if this qualifies as coffee per se, but it’s good for what it is. Starbucks topped the drink with their signature vanilla whipped topping, and I love their whipped topping. I don’t much care for nutmeg, most times, but this wasn’t a bad combination.
 
     The pairing of the whipped cream and the nutmeg, made for a taste that was vaguely reminiscent of pumpkin pie. I think because I’m comparing the topping to vanilla ice cream like you’d put with your pie. Literally, if I liked nutmeg more, I’d say just give me this in lieu of pumpkin pie. The one con I have to address, is I did find that it made me extremely thirsty.
 
     Being slightly dehydrated from the nutmeg is as good a reason as any to dig in! The first thing I noticed was that it was certainly as rich as you’d expect it to be, especially being a frappe. The second thing that really hit me was how well the scent of nutmeg complemented the flavor of the drink. I enjoyed this one with my lid off so that I could smell it. It literally added a whole new dimension to the drink, I highly suggest going this route if you’re a user of the flat-top reusable cups, like myself.
 
      The flavors for this new signature drink are buttery vanilla and cinnamon, with a touch of nutmeg. Somehow this combination translates to almost caramel to me. The buttery flavor really adds an extremely rich and satisfying texture to the overall tone of the drink that I really enjoyed. The vanilla was amazing and paired wonderfully with the other warm flavors that are mixed up in there. One more disclaimer, this one is another Starbucks treat that comes across as more dessert, because, guys, I have to reiterate: It’s so rich. 
 
     All in all, my basic impression of the Cinnamon Shortbread Frappe is that I love it. I don’t think it will replace my tried-and-true vanilla caramel or my white chocolate peppermint mocha, but it’s something I’d love to try again! If you’ve tried this one, let me know what you think in the comments below!
 

Taste; 

  Honestly, I know I’ve slipped from my old style of taste rating! I’d like to bring it back! Is it any wonder that with the level I raved on this one, that it deserves a 5/5?

 

Ten Coffees for People Who Don’t Like Coffee

 

Hey guys! I’ve been thinking… I’ve done so many posts about coffee that would be good for those of us who enjoy the sweeter things. Or, not what some people would call actual coffee. My Fiance` being one of the main ones I can think of who doesn’t necessarily like coffee, but will be occasionally moved to enjoy a cup if it’s suitable for his palate. 

    I figured, if it’s hard for me to keep track of these less-bitter options, it’s probably card for you too! So, I decided to make us a little round up for the coffees I’ve found since we I started this journey. Let’s get to it!

  1. Merry X-Moose- Origin Coffee

I’m going to be going backwards in time and hunting through the posts here, but I’ll start with a recent find! 

     This one is Mocha, Marshmallow, and Peppermint and it’s absolutely amazing. I opted to get it a little extra sweet, because I have a problem with my sweet tooth. It was exceptionally smooth, I could scarcely tell I was drinking an espresso beverage at all. The bitterness was completely nonexistent.

2. Raspberries and Cream- Origin Coffee

     The chocolate and vanilla mingle and blend in such a way where neither is identifiable alone. You might think that’s a bad thing, but it really makes the creaminess stand out. I thought it was going to be more like a chocolate dipped berry with some vanilla tones. But what happened instead was almost a decadent creaminess with raspberry offering tang and standing out. 

3. The Basic Witch- Iron Bank Coffee

     The basic witch is a drink I would definitely recommend somebody who, like me,  is not big on pumpkin spice. Honestly,  I am really a pleasantly surprised and I cannot wait to see what we come across a little later on in this list. The overall flavor of the basic which, is very mild. I detect almost no bitterness, it has a little bit of acidity that lingers but there’s almost no extreme, earthy presence from the espresso. It’s just a sweet relaxed kind of drink that is good to enjoy all year around. And guys, If they keep the spice on the shelves I may be coming back for this one!

4. Heavenly Caramel Iced Latte- UniquExpressions

     The coffee flavor barely lingered on my tongue, which I attribute to the sweetness of the caramel. Speaking of the caramel, it was the has the final word where the flavor is concerned. This is another drink I would highly recommend for my readers who are just getting started drinking (and enjoying) coffee. It’s one of most sweet, yet somehow mellow coffees I’ve had. I’m still definitely partial to the Prince Harry

5. Cafe` Caramello- My Favorite Muffin

The Cafe Caramello has a name that slightly intimidated me. Honestly, I was expecting something incredibly bitter and to get mowed down by a strong espresso flavor (and then not sleep for a few days). What I got instead was a mouthful of smooth refreshing coffee with a lovely sweet harmony of caramel chiming in. It feels quite delicately flavored. The balance is impeccable. 

It’s nicely light-bodied, and I’m very pleasantly surprised. This is definitely a coffee for those who prefer a more mild coffee drinking experience. If you’re just getting started on your coffee journey, give the Cafe Caramello a try!

6. Be Mine Latte- Iron Bank Coffee

it tastes quite a bit like chocolate milk with cinnamon thrown in. The cinnamon is the predominant flavor with the vanilla and chocolate coming in at a tie and balancing nicely. There’s a pleasant weight to the coffee that leaves a hint of espresso lingering, but nothing particularly biting. 

7. Prince HarryUniquExpressions

The coffee was as fantastic as I remember- the flavors are incredibly smooth and balanced without a hint of bitterness. The toffee was the predominant flavor and followed nicely by the rich mocha and caramel. There is espresso in it, but the flavor is so subtle and sweet that it even my coffee-ambivalent partner was enamored. I did try a second one from them today, since we were there for a while and the prices are so fair.

8. Razzle Dazzle- Midtown Coffee

The most prominent flavor is Raspberry with a soft whisper of mocha undertones. The balance achieved by this is interesting because it’s usually the other way around. The mocha flavor isn’t overwhelming or bitter. Overall the drink is smooth and soft- goes down easy and feels like the perfect drink for the holiday season if I can get away from Peppermint Mocha.

9. Heath Freezer- Fountain City Coffee

The first flavor I notice is a toffee and it’s followed by a nice contrast of slight bitterness that doesn’t detract from the drink but rather complements the sweetness. I honestly can’t recommend this drink enough.

10. Frosted TurtleO’Henry’s

he Frosted Turtle was surprisingly smooth- I didn’t notice the bite of espresso or any unpleasant bitterness. The Caramel and Mocha blended smoothly into a lovely harmony that left me feeling energized. Neither flavor was particularly overpowering, which is fairly impressive for something featuring two strong flavors like caramel and mocha.

I included little excerpts with each of my recommendations so you can see kind of what you’re getting into! I’m hoping to be able to travel a little more and bring you guys coffees, diners and boutiques from towns in a larger radius in 2019. Or, I’m certainly going to try! 

I hope you guys enjoyed this little roundup of coffee that you may have forgotten about, because I certainly did! I may have to go back and try some of these again, actually! 

If you guys have tried any of these previously, or something similar, share your experience in the comments below! Or, feel free to submit a guest review over on our Submissions page!

 

On the 4th day of Christmas Starbucks gave to me (roundup!)

     Who doesn’t love seasonal treats that only come out once a year? Everyone has their favorite Christmas Guilty (or, not so guilty) pleasures. Mine, as well as a host of others, love Starbuck’s seasonal offering. As displayed by my Halloween Coffee post, I love Holiday drinks! So of course, I took myself to Starbucks to try each of their seasonal brews!

Caramel Brulee

     This is my number one pick from the current line up over at Starbucks. I love sweet things, and by that logic, I love caramel. Which definitely accurate. This drink is a great substitute if you’re tired of the same old peppermint. I never thought I’d be tired of the peppermint mochas, despite loving them so so so much. 

     This drink has a nice smooth finish, the majority of the flavor is caramel but that tapers off into a mellow espresso flavor. It’s a delicious winter drink that I can’t recommend enough if you fit these two requirements:

  1. You love any and all things Starbucks
  2. You’re like me, and you love sweets

This would be a great drink to sip as you hang out with the girls, or a relaxing night in by the fire with your partner!

Toasted White Chocolate Mocha 

      This one, I didn’t manage to grab a picture of. But as you’d imagine, that’s far from a travesty being that so many of the drinks look the same and taste so different. This one, to me, was not really -good- different. I generally don’t enjoy fruity flavors in my coffee, I’m cream all the way. This latte has a dusting of cranberry sugar on top, and the mingling flavors of caramel and mocha. Strangely, this one is actually too sweet for me and the surplus of sugar comes across bitter somehow.

If you’re really, and I do mean really into sweet coffees and enjoy a touch of fruitiness in your coffees for the holidays, this might be for you. And I think I’m going to let you guys have this one.

Gingerbread Latte

One of the ones I was excited to try this year was the Gingerbread latte, despite not being too huge on gingerbread. I did try this as a frappe a while back, which you can see below. I made the mistake of thinking that I liked Gingerbread a lot. Oh boy was I was wrong. It was too much. During a raining evening after work, I decided to give with the hot variant a try for this post! 

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Really feeling festive here lately! It’s not quite time yet, but why not break out the #gingerbread ? . . #coffeelover #coffeelife #coffeeholic #caffeine #coffeebreak #instacoffee #coffeelovers #coffeeaddict #coffeelove #coffeeoftheday #coffeetime #coffeecup #coffee #morning #yummy #drink #starbucks #gingerbreadfrappe

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While this isn’t my usual thing, it’s not bad at all. Each sip has a nice spice to it that is brought down by the somewhat harsh espresso. I’m not sure that I’ll be getting this one again, because I really don’t care for ginger. It’s pretty true to what it’s based off it. I think it’s a loving homage to a traditional Christmas treat. It’s not my favorite thing on this list, but it’s also not my least favorite. It’s squarely in the middle. If you guys want to enjoy a Gingerbread cookie without the hassel of… y’know, eating it, this is for you! I will add really quick, that I did really like the frappe. I would not recommend pairing it like I did, unless you love ginger.

Juniper Latte

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It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas! I was finally able to drag myself over to @Starbucks to try the #juniperlatte that I’ve been so curious about! Look for it in one of the upcoming posts for the #12daysofchristmas . . #coffeelover #coffeelife #coffeeholic #caffeine #coffeebreak #instacoffee #coffeelovers #coffeeaddict #coffeelove #coffeeoftheday #coffeetime #coffeecup #coffee #morning #yummy #drink #holidaycoffee

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I know this post is a little late to the party with the Juniper Latte, but guys, life. That’s all I have to say. Times is hard, in the immortal words of Ms. Lovett.

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    Anyway, I did make it in to taste this unique brainchild. Of course, I sniffed it first to see what the smell was like. It smelled almost savory, which is not a thing I associate with my coffee. The overall flavor is woodsy. It’s sprinkled with sage, so it has a bit of an herbal taste as well. I made the mistake of taking a large swallow, thinking it was coke, and holy. crap. Immediate regret. It has a sharp, earthy aftertaste and not even the good bite of espresso. My question to Starbucks is this: why. Why would you market this? Come on. I guess I understand, it’s a unique idea. “Hey, let’s make a coffee that tastes like a tree,” because of course, we have to try it.

I’m a little rusty on my coffee reviewing skills, and guys, I took a sip and that aftertaste hits hard. I don’t think I’ll be getting this again. Literally, all I can say now that I couldn’t say before is “I drank tree flavored coffee”. And is that a bragging right I really want to have?

I was really hoping to wrap this post up on a positive note. I was hoping it was going to have more a piney, vaguely evergreen vibe. How wrong I was. If you guys took one for the team, what were your thoughts? Will you be buying it again? 

With that trainwreck, we wrap up another day of our countdown! We still have more on the schedule, so be sure to check back tomorrow! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find some coffee to hold me over til tomorrow!

Coffee Abroad; Newnan’s Own Leaf and Bean

Hey there, everyone! For my Coffee Abroad adventure this time, I headed to Newnan, Georgia! I would like to rave on this adorable little town for a moment, if I may. It’s a completely charming town about half an hour outside of the big ATL, and it avoids the terrible traffic of the big city. I went for a more business-oriented trip, but really found myself completely enamored with this little town. The downtown was altogether too cute!
 
    The coffee shop I visited, The Leaf and Bean, was right next to the Alamo, which of all things served, Pizza! The location was perfect, because the weather was terrible and I was dreading driving around to find my planned restaurant. Luck was on my side when I pulled in front of my main attraction to see that it was right next to my dinner. I want to acknowledge this was totally not due to my own planning, but more a stroke of dumb luck. I adored the aesthetic of the shop- it had this lovely industrial feel with exposed bricks and you guys know how I love that style.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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At @theleafandseed_ in Newnan! You guys know I’m OBSESSED with the whole aesthetic! . . #coffeeshops #coffee #trydaycameearly #newtownnewstuff

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    I ordered kind of a staple for me, Vanilla/Caramel- it arrived at my table in its hot variant. The lovely ladies were great sports and corrected my order, I got the opportunity to try both today!
 
    The cold Latte was a touch on the over-sweet side for my taste, while not bad in the slightest- it was just a little beyond my sweetness threshold. It did require that I mix it, and after a hearty stirring, it was reminiscent of coconut milk. The earthiness of the espresso was tempered by the caramel, making it a strange harmony that I can’t quite place. Once the flavor began to fade, the vanilla made an appearance and created a more unique experience than I was expecting from my staple.
    Once I grew used to the sweetness of this drink, it really started to grow on me. I was a little ambivalent at first, truth be told. But after a few sips, I was really starting to feel this beverage on a spiritual level. If you’re a fan of saccharine sweet flavors, you may enjoy this one.    
    In a strange turn for the unexpected, I find myself greatly preferring the hot variant. The flavors in this sibling drink are much more toned down and subtle, rather than being offensively sweet it maintains a level of richness. It feels quite a lot like a macchiato, with a touch of earthy bitterness to savor and watch the rain drizzle in the world outside. I feel like both of today’s selection(s) were made with a dark roast, due to the bite of the espresso in each. It’s a perfect drink for days like today when the sun just doesn’t want to shine and the rain keeps coming. It makes me remember coffee shops from days gone by and makes me strangely nostalgic.
 
    The aesthetic in this shop is impeccable, it feels warm and welcoming with the fairy lights gracing the exposed steel in the ceiling shining placidly on the exposed red brick. I love the inviting feeling and the coffee set-ups scattered about to lend a homey atmosphere. The chairs near the back of the long interior look plush enough to get lost in, unfortunately, I deemed it not a good idea to try one with how tired  I was. 
 
    I really hope that even more places like this crop up, I am absolutely enamored with this entire atmosphere. I literally can’t get enough of it. And is it really any wonder?

Hometown Cravings; Raspberries and Cream

      Hey there, guys! I’m back with another coffee post while I prepare some content for you guys over the next couple of weeks! Today I’m at Origin Coffee, enjoying a drink idea that worked out well for me! I wanted to make a raspberry and cream drink, and just raspberry and vanilla wasn’t cutting it. So I figured, why not add another creamy flavor and see how that pans out? I mean, chocolate and vanilla pair well, despite being opposites. The Be Mine latte proves that. So, with that in mind, I tried White Chocolate, Vanilla and Raspberry and I think that works!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Another day, another moody coffee picture! This one is from @origincoffeecolumbus and my drink of choice was a fantastic raspberry and cream iced latte! . . #coffee #coffeeaddict #coffeeshop

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     The chocolate and vanilla mingle and blend in such a way where neither is identifiable alone. You might think that’s a bad thing, but it really makes the creaminess stand out. I thought it was going to be more like a chocolate dipped berry with some vanilla tones. But what happened instead was almost a decadent creaminess with raspberry offering tang and standing out. 

     The creamy flavors in this almost completely drown out the bitterness lent by the espresso, and it’s rather nice. I’m picking up a little bit of acidity that lingers for a few seconds after the raspberry flavor fades from the back of my tongue. It might not be a seasonal drink, but it’s really good. 

     It feels a little more Christmassy rather than fall, and it kind of puts me in a festive mood. I might recommend this for someone who enjoys just a little bit of bitterness in their drink. While there’s not much, there’s enough to be noticeable. It’s really a fantastic choice for a warmer day, since I prefer iced. But, it’s also fantastic as a hot latte, if a little more creamy.

If you can’t tell by now what my rating would be for this one…

Taste; /5

     They really deserve a 5/5 for this drink. It’s the perfect creamy drink with just a lingering bite of berry goodness. We made a very solid bet for a holiday drink, if you’re not feeling any of the delicious holiday drinks we’re featuring next month!

Winter Wish; A New Take on Thin Mint

      Hi there, everyone! Welcome back to another very special Winter Wish with one of my all time favorite haunts! Today, I visited UniqExpressions once again, for something a little different from my usual fare from them. I tried their Dark Chocolate-Mint latte, as my Girlscout cookie fans may remember, the Thin Mint combo.

    I know I covered a Peppermint Mocha already, from our very own Midtown Coffee. But I really felt like this one stood on it’s own as a separate thing, mainly due to the presence of the biting darkness from the dark chocolate.

Picture borrowed from UniquExpressions!

Like with the ever-popular Thin Mint cookies that Girlscouts faithfully peddle to those of us with a love for mint, the mint chimes in with a pleasant, subtle, cooling sensation. That same refreshing coolness tempers down the bitterness from the dark chocolate. If I may be bold, I almost feel like I prefer the drink version to the original. 

     Hear me out, guys. With the cookies, I know that I, for one, am prone to just devour the entire supply. No worries of that here! This latte is a great bit of portion control, but it did leave me with a “where did it go?” feeling.

    I really feel like Peppermint Mochas are a staple of he holiday season, more so than the controversial Pumpkin Spice of Thanksgiving and Fall. I really love what UniquExpressions did by adding Dark Chocolate instead of the usual sweet mocha. 

     This one may be more for people who are getting used to a little bit of bite in their coffee, because this one does have a little bit of roughness around the edges. There’s an earthy undertone that complements the bitter-sweet balance going in with the rest of the drink.

    I can see this particular drink being enjoyed during the heart of Winter, held in mittened hands. I kind of wish I had asked for whipped cream (and sprinkles!). That would have made this drink more perfect for hanging out around the fireplace!

     If you live nearby to UniquExpressions and haven’t gone, what are you doing? If you’re looking for a charming and homey coffeeshop experience and some of the nicest Baristas I’ve met, come try any one of their Signature Lattes.

     

Check the map above to see their location! They’re located in a small, charming little town. Blink and you’ll miss it! For being a more under-stated town, they have their fair share of gold. From the Gardens to the treats, Pine Mountain is definitely worth the trip! 

If you would like to see some of the photos I’ve captured in my favorite sleepy little town, check out my photography at Live in Colour Photography!

Taste; /5

   I know I throw out a lot of 5 Ratings for taste, especially to this specific shop. Rest assured, it’s only because I love it so much. Seriously, all the times I’ve been and I’ve never tasted anything that was a disappointment. I highly, highly recommend them!

      

Winter Wishes: My Wish is a Farmer’s Tan

Iron Bank menu
Farmers Tan
Sporting my Farmer’s Tan at W

 

The days have gotten so much colder that anyone who’s brave enough to venture out without a jacket (or two) will be frozen to the core in short order. The only farmer’s tan possible, or safe, is this particular one. 

You can see the specialty menu above- the farmer’s tan isn’t peppermint mocha, which I’ve done already. But rather, white chocolate and caramel. People who don’t order the usual peppermint, typically opt for this, according to the lovely lady behind the counter.

I’ve tried this once before, in the iced variant. Frankly speaking, the hot version is leaps and bounds better. I firmly believe that this is a drink that begs to be served hot. The warmth radiating from the cup really lends to the richness and weight of the coffee and makes it a genuinely pleasant experience.

This is a somewhat weighty drink that settles on the tongue and leaves a lingering sensation of white chocolate. The caramel, while usually being an overwhelming flavor, is quite pleasant. It’s the very first flavor I notice, but it does fade out and let the white chocolate have some screen time. It has a lovely harmony that just works. It is rather rich, however, so it may fill you up if you drink it before a meal. 

An interesting thing I noticed with this particular latte is that I picked up some fruity notes underneath the predominant flavors. It takes nothing from the drink but adds some wonderful dimension to the texture. It added a great counterpoint to any residual bitterness left from the espresso. I didn’t notice the same with the Be Mine latte, strangely enough.

 

taste; /5

  I feel like Iron Bank deserves another 5/5 for this Winter Wish. This was delicious and makes a great Latte to drink up to Christmas. Seriously, if the Thanksgiving and Hugs is for November, the Farmer’s Tan is the time leading up to the big day. It’s a modest flavor of coffee that’s timeless and done well. My only wish right now is that I had more.