City; Columbus, GA
City; Columbus, GA
I love this drink! It’s the perfect amount of new and nostalgia. When I asked for something new and “Crunch Berries?” came from behind the counter, I was curious. It surpassed my expectations and gave me something to crave when I’m feeling some nostalgia-need.
Hey everyone! I visited Midtown Coffee again, after a long Saturday at work. I’ve mentioned the Barista’s Choice list a time or two, and I highly recommend trying it! If your local watering hole doesn’t offer such a list, it’s also a fun to ask them flat-out what their favorite drink is! Midtown Coffee really has the right idea!
Immediately I noticed the sheen of Honey on the whipped cream, and I’ve never had these two flavors together at the same time. It was absolutely wonderful! Absolutely an amazing combination of tastes and textures that had me smitten. It was sweet in a modest way and not overbearing. I could totally see just this portion alone becoming a staple.
The sweet rebel is a blended drink, with a double shot of espresso, cinnamon and brown sugar. The first impression is entirely cinnamon and is paired nicely with the earthy tones of the espresso. The scent honey adds a nice counterpoint to the bitter richness that’s in every sip.
The lingering flavor on the tongue is dry cinnamon- it has a graininess on the back of the tongue.
All in all, the flavor is zen and a great choice for the summer!
I apologize for the short post for today! If you follow on Instagram, I’ve had a hectic few weeks and have been in the process of moving! I should be debuting my first Beauty post with some of the great products I’ve found!
Stay tuned for some new content and a new friend that is going to hook us up with a special Java and Jeans dessert that I can’t wait to show you!
All in all a pleasant experience, but even though I quite enjoyed the honey topped whipped cream, I’m not generally too big on the overall flavors. I do recommend this if you’re looking for a good summer drink to cool you off, or even the spring.
I really liked their walkway to the door. The hanging plants made me feel like I was (somehow) back in time. It has a very old-timey feel that is only magnified by the quaintness of the town in which it resides. I loved their ambiance, and the neutral tones that were contrasting nicely with the banners that were hung along the outside.
Generally not something to write home about. If you like Starbucks Bottled Frappes, you may like this iced latte. I know that this comes across as just being overly negative towards this particular drink- but it really was that similar to a bottled coffee. I hope to have something different to say on my return.
City; Pine Mountain, Georgia
Coffee; Heavenly Caramel- Caramel and Vanilla
On a beautiful weekend of content, my partner and I returned to Pine Mountain Georgia, home of UniquExpressions. We went to try something new this time, and I gave the Heavenly Caramel iced Latte a try. This was an immensely refreshing choice. I adore caramel, and this one has it in spades. My only regret is that we never got to see the sunset while we were there, and believe me, guys. Sunset is Beautiful in Pine Mountain.
As usual, the beautiful workers behind the counter were amazing. They have building rapport down to an art and are so nice to chat with. I love just asking them for their favorite items, and taking a chance. This time, I got some ideas that I balked at, maybe I’ll be brave down the road and try something way out of my comfort zone (the coffee soda debacle has me reluctant).
Click the link in the tweet for a spoiler to how that came out.
Update on coffee soda: pic.twitter.com/qexXxJtjCo
— Java and Jeans (@Java_and_Jeans) July 10, 2018
UniquExpressions consistently makes an amazing product. This Heavenly Caramel latte was pleasantly sweet, but certainly not overly so. Though, it did toe the line for a couple of sips. I did find the overall flavor to be harmonious, but definitely more on the sweeter side. The coffee flavor lurking under the caramel was what made the drink so refreshing on a hot day.
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.
If you follow on Instagram, you may have seen mention of the Taro bubble tea that tastes like cookies. Well, turns out, it goes great with Pops cereal, and the birthday cake Cookie Crisp. Whoever came up with this idea was absolutely inspired. These flavors work so well together- the sweet, yet somehow earthy, Taro just works with cereal. I’d like to try a Frosted flake variant, actually.
I was going to do a whole second post, but honestly, it would be redundant. The Birthday Cake Freeze was similarly sweet, but not overpowering. My first taste of this one was pretty much all Taro, so I definitely recommend a brisk stirring before you enjoy this beverage! I sloshed it like a fine wine and tried again- the next try was much more cereal and milk, than Taro.
This Iconic and inventive nostalgia-trip deserves no less than 5/5 for flavor and bonus points for creativity. I have never seen, heard, or thought of anything like this. I can’t wait to see what the awesome folks over at Fountain City Coffee come up with next!
This one, while fantastic, was not completely identifiable as Birthday Cake. It didn’t really stand on it’s own as a unique drink next to its partner. It did taste much more like Sugar Cookies than anything else, which still made me really happy.
If you’re local to the Columbus, Georgia area be sure to drop by Fountain City Coffee to try these before they’re gone!
Midtown Coffeehouse has been a staple in my coffee habit since I discovered them about a year ago. I’ve written a bit about them previously, like the Razzle Dazzle and the Caramelnilla. Both of those are solid choices, but to bring in new interesting content for you guys, I need to branch out. What better time to branch out than a new Series that I’ve decided to dub Tryday?
If you follow the twitter or facebook, you may have seen my curiosity about coffee soda. (< Link) The consensus when I made it at home, was not good. I didn’t like it initially and I continued to not like it after I tried to make it more “mine”. A real bummer, but I intend to revisit it and see if I can make one that I do like. Surely it exists, and I will find it.
This evening after walking into Midtown Coffee, I noticed their chalkboard that usually has their specials had something different. It enticed me to ask about Barista’s Choice selections. Always in the spirit to test my taste buds, I obliged and was introduced to a menu outlining their personal favorites. All of them off-menu and all unique in their own way.
The one that especially stood out to me was the Dirty Vanilla Coke. Coffee and Soda? Where have I heard that before? Right….
GUYS. I NEED TO TRY THIS. NOW. WHO WANTS TO GO TO NASHVILLE? https://t.co/8YF95ltsjv
— Java and Jeans (@Java_and_Jeans) July 9, 2018
It scared me and piqued my curiosity- so hesitant (and somehow excited), I ordered it. While in various stages of preparation, it foamed intensely and they had to cull some, if not, most of it. Once the drink was in my hand, I took the chance and tried it in front of the barista. And the panel says….
Update on coffee soda: pic.twitter.com/qexXxJtjCo
— Java and Jeans (@Java_and_Jeans) July 10, 2018
Still not my thing. The carbonation from the coke mixed discordantly with the espresso making a very strange aftertaste. Maybe I shouldn’t have gone with the recipe and done the double shot. It’s a really unique and jarring contrast of saccharine sweetness and espresso. I don’t feel like it meshes too well. The flavors are a little too different to be able to go together in a pleasant way. I enjoy the coke flavor, but only for a split second before the espresso chimes in. It has a vaguely fruity flavor that I think is being amplified by the sugar content.
Ultimately not my thing in the least, I do want to make it clear that this is not a reflection on Midtown. You win some, you lose some when you take a gamble on a new treat and I’m going to call this one a loss. But, I will say that it tastes pretty similar to my attempt, which means that I did it right. So… win?
BUT, I returned to the counter with my tail between my legs and admitted that I had to surrender to the Dirty Vanilla Coka. They suggested the Choddy, which is Cold Brew, Milk and Mocha. I was dubious, since I had been burned by my latest encounter with Coffee Soda.
I’m happy to report, that while I have never been altogether too fond of cold brew, I’m happy I took the chance. They described it as “Chocolate milk with a nice coffee flavor”, which is quite accurate. It smells a bit bold and has a nice edge to the sweet smell of chocolate. The predominant flavor is much like dark chocolate. Which, is to say, it’s sweet with a little bitterness to temper it.
Though they use the same beans in this beverage, I’m not picking up any hint of the fruitiness that I was getting from the other one and I’m almost 100% sure that it was coke over-exaggerating the undertones. I do suggest a hearty sloshing around of this one, as it does get a touch more bitter if you let it sit still for a few minutes. Definitely not one to chug, this one should sipped slow and savored.
For my ratings, unfortunately since I still don’t like the Coffee/Soda duo, this one gets a 1 out of 5. I’m still curious as to where that fruity undertone was coming from.
My second rating, for the strangely named Choddy is a 5/5 because I was completely in love with every drop in that cup. I was legitimately sad to look down and see that it was empty. Coffee and Chocolate milk? Amazing pairing!
I finally had the opportunity to return to Iron Bank after my previous visit. I revisited my all-time favorite latte, their Be Mine specialty latte. It’s always been my favorite menu item and I’ve had it maybe 20 times, and that’s no exaggeration. That may actually be a low-ball estimate if I’m being honest.
Be Mine is nestled in with a variety of other specialty beverages, which you can see listed in the above image. I’m planning to feature another one of the delicious choices above for our Winter Surprise.
A quick search will set this drink apart from other similarly named Lattes. A lot of the ones I found in my research include cherry in the mix, which honestly doesn’t sound too appetizing to me personally. I’m glad that Iron Bank decided to forgo the usual Valentines Mixture and go for something else.
As should be evident by now, I adore this drink. The trifecta of vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon have such a perfect harmony. It may be due to my preference to get this made a bit sweeter than usual, but in my opinion, 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.
I honestly don’t taste any bitterness in this particular latte (probably thanks to my sweet tooth). Iron Bank has created a perfect drink for the people who aren’t too big on coffee in general. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s perfect to sip during a relaxing day just people watching, as is my habit.
Of course, I quite enjoyed my return to Iron bank and the lovely ladies behind the counter were friendly in a genuine way. Honestly, it’s been so long that I forgot how much I love their entire aesthetic. I didn’t go crazy on describing their aesthetic here, due to the previous post. Check it out if you’re curious!
Seriously, I just love this drink way too much. It became somewhat of an obsession for me a while ago. Revisiting this drink reminded me why. Working so close to Iron Bank may present a problem for my wallet.
Our amazing local tea wizard held a Tea for Two event at his shop, the aforementioned Te Amo Tea, that you can read about here. I arrived a party of one to record the event, and enjoyed my usual Milk Tea, for simplicity’s sake. The beautiful and talented Bolera was attending as the live music and main attraction. She made the usually relaxing and mellow ambiance unusually intimate with her velvety voice.
Not going to lie, it wasn’t what I expected but much better. The guitar paired with her voice was delightfully reminiscent of French acoustic, though I could be off the mark admittedly. I’m not a music blogger, after all, but I was definitely feeling the music and will likely be looking into any future events that host her, as well. During a brief intermission, I sat with her and found her quite lovely (and stylish!), you can follow her personal Instagram here. She performs fairly regularly at some other local businesses like our very own Iron Bank Coffee. You can see a gif below and to hear her lovely voice, I did add her to the Adventures story on the Java and Jeans instagram.
The venue buzzed with quiet conversation beneath the notes low enough that any crescendo drowned it out entirely. There was a small gathering of about 10 people seated on his various conveniently placed cushions. And the venue held some of its usual welcoming charms. Even when it’s bustling, this locale still finds it hard to feel tense. Sadly, I did have to leave at some point. It was nearly impossible for me to pull myself away, before my other stops closed.
The hardworking tea wizard, was quite busy this evening, unsurprisingly. He was ready for the occasion with these adorable blue and white paper straws- I’m a sucker for anything aesthetic so I chose a smaller size. For the Aesthetic!
Click the image below to visit the artist on instagram.
If you were unable able to come down and sample one of Te Amo Tea’s fantastic flavors, there’s always the next event and you can follow that facebook page as well to keep abreast of any updates. Toshiro always leans into the zen aesthetic. It makes for a great place to kill a few hours. He’s not only got an amazing product, which I raved about in my last post, but is a sparkling and knowledgeable conversationalist. For newcomers or veteran tea-drinkers, Te Amo is a must see. If you don’t know what to get, he can quickly make you up something new!
I’m going to be perfectly honest with everyone, I totally forgot that Market Days existed, so imagine my surprise and subsequent joy when I stumbled across a booth selling perhaps my favorite thing in the world.
Not just coffee, but fast coffee. I’m talking, right now coffee. Who doesn’t love that? Gail’s booth states her intent in creating her custom blends: Gan’t nobody mix it like Gail, I want to comment on her tagline for a quick moment. It has a charming and authentic character, that I can really get behind. And that logo? I’m loving it, personally. But, you guys know what gets me by now- I love coffee and everything about it.
Her booth was full of possibility and there were so many delicious flavors and all of them were so fairly priced. She had a station set up where you could fix a hot cup of coffee right there, but I opted to wait until I got home so I could enjoy it in a more conducive environment. She does sell her mixes at Bluebelle, here in Columbus as well. So I may be heading that way for my fix sooner rather than later.
I selected the French Vanilla and Caramel Macchiato packets, to get me started and ventured around the market for a moment longer before returning to work. The temptation to make it there was almost too strong, but I’m happy to announce that I was able to talk myself out of it and the wait was well worth it. Coincidentally, one of my co-workers was familiar with her wares and really ramped up the temptation- I still prevailed, though.
Once I got the coffee home, I set it out and set about deciding which to try first. I decided on the French Vanilla for my first sample. And for this first one, I made it as the packet recommends, which was with water. I generally prefer milk but I’ll give that a try with the Caramel Macchiato and get back to you guys in a later post.
I can definitely say that this is impressive coffee- it’s not overly sweet or overly bitter. It’s pleasing and actually has a bit of a nostalgia factor that calls back to the coffee I used to drink when I was younger. The vanilla smells soft and is nice and subtle. I definitely feel like this would have been a good candidate to be made with milk, because I’m generally partial to a richer flavor. As is, however, this is a very mellow and relaxing flavor.
Gail has created the perfect coffee to drink in front of a fireplace on a winter night or sip while watching rain pour outside. Something about her mixture is so relaxing to me, that I have the urge to pick up a book to pair. What I’m getting at is that this coffee is a relaxing experience from the preparation to the flavor. It took all of maybe 1-2 minutes to prepare and is wonderful to sip while I write this.
Those are just a few ideas, I’m sure there are many others. Think about what relaxes you, Gail has the perfect cup for that.