Home Brews; French Vanilla Great Value (K-CUP)

Home Brews; French Vanilla Great Value (K-CUP)

ey guys, I’m so sorry for my unannounced hiatus. It’s not been a good time in the JNJ house. Coffee, and makeup have been my only escape from the defeatist summer I’m experiencing. Who knew being unemployed could worsen symptoms of depression? I have luckily managed to land a freelance thing, so I’ll hopefully be able to sustain a little bit of adventure. I have a friend over at Kalon Kosmetics, with whom I’m affiliated, that I plan to pay a visit to when funds permit! Let’s get to the blah festivities, and look at the French Vanilla K Cup from Walmart!

Hometown Cravings; Iron Bank’s Soggiest Jogger

Hometown Cravings; Iron Bank’s Soggiest Jogger

City; Columbus, GA
Stop; Iron Bank
Drink; Soggy Jogger

 

Hey guys, look at me being on time and such! In the midst of starting a side-site, doing makeup challenges and job hunting! Go me! For today’s post,  I tried something new for a change from Iron Bank, the Soggy Jogger. This particular one is in a similar vein to the Be Mine latte that I so love. It’s vanilla, hazelnut and cinnamon. Which makes it a little bit of a gamble for me.

It does taste quite similar to the Be Mine without the chocolate notes. The Hazelnut, which historically I have hated, is but a whisper underneath the dominant flavor of cinnamon. The overall taste of this coffee is smooth, and a little spiced. I didn’t pick up any vanilla flavor while sipping my way through it. Which, in retrospect bummed me out a little. 

There is pretty much absolutely no espresso flavor to this one, much like the Be Mine, so it’s another one I feel safe recommending to someone who doesn’t like coffee. I do want to warn you that it is quite sweet. So, if you like the more bitter side of life and coffee, you may not like this. But then again, is that a surprise? I like sweet things, this is a thing we all know by this point. 

If you don’t like cinnamon, I would also say to pass on this one. Because it is the main flavor that is on the surface with this one. It overpowers the vanilla. It overpowers the hazelnut (thankfully). The drink is fairly creamy though and really mingles with the cinnamon flavor that is fighting the good fight.

If you find your way to Columbus, I do heartily recommend a trip to Iron Bank Cofee on the corner of 12th and Broad for one of their delicious specialty lattes. In their first post, I did post a picture of the menu for you to peruse and tempt you to my neck of the woods.

Taste /5

Despite not being the Be Mine latte, I did quite enjoy this. I liked how the cream mingled and relaxed the cinnamon flavor, and masked any hint of hazelnut aside from the faintest whisper. Not quite something I would replace my Be Mine with, but still rather delicious.

 

 

 

Hometown Cravings; Sweet Redemption with Midtown Coffeehouse

Hometown Cravings; Sweet Redemption with Midtown Coffeehouse

Hey there, guys! I hope everyone is doing great this Thursday! I visited an old favorite today and tried something new! I almost got a different drink, with Cayenne but I chickened out last minute and changed it to the glorious drink of redemption you see before you up above! This particular drink is the Redeemed Latte from Midtown Coffeehouse! It’s breve Half and half, vanilla and a double shot of espresso.

Coffee Abroad; Circa Coffee and Antiques Signature Frappe

Coffee Abroad; Circa Coffee and Antiques Signature Frappe

Hey there, everyone! I actually have some coffee content for you today and piping hot… errrrr cold. You know those pieces of shortbread heaven called Biscoff? Do you like it? If so, have I got the thing for you! We made a trip to Tyrone, Georgia on a whim and found Circa Coffee , an adorable little place by any standards and just the kind of aesthetic I absolutely die for. I’ll stick a gallery down below so you can enjoy it with me!

Hometown Cravings: This Lemonade is Kicking at Midtown Coffee!

Hometown Cravings: This Lemonade is Kicking at Midtown Coffee!

      Hey guys! Guess what season it is officially? Summer. My least favorite season of all time. I only assume that this is officially Summer because it’s hot as all get out and wouldn’t you know my AC is on the fritz. With all of this hot hot heat, I needed something to help me cool down. And maybe coffee is that thing!

Hometown Cravings; Cadbury Creme Egg Latte!

Do you guys remember those quinesential creme-filled eggs that the stores sell right around Easter? Spring is Officially underway and Easter is in the near future. I remember being a child and walking into the local Walgreens or CVS… Eckards? I would always make a sharp beeline to the Easter Display. Filled with items of delicate pastel patterns and most importantly, Candy. Among those, was the excruciatingly sweet Cadbury Creme Eggs.

I remember that they always had those amazing commercials with the different animals in bunny ears, and to this day I occasionally say “Buh-meow, buh-meow”

 

Don’t ask why, but I love that commercial. I don’t know if it’s the cat or the llama that gets me. But even that amazing piece of artistry was never enough to make me like Cadbury Creme Eggs. Today, that changed. I went to My Boulange after doing some production shots for an indie movie a co-worker is filming, and saw they had a Cadbury Creme Egg flavored specialty latte. You guys know I love me some lattes.

This drink is a mixture of dark chocolate, white chocolate and vanilla, and all delicious. As expected with the two chocolates, it’s quite rich. The espresso offers a little tinge of nuttiness to the flavor. Of course, I got it on ice and it was almost like drinking a caffeine infused chocolate milk. Two of my favorite things! Chocolate milk and caffeine! 

The flavor of the vanilla is subtle and sweet, I kind of like vanilla playing second fiddle to chocolate. I don’t know why I don’t combine them more often. I guess I kind of see them as opposites so in my mind they cancel each other out. Or, that’s as close to logic as I can get with that idea.

I’m really into the My Boulange French Decor, and the numerous Eiffel Towers that are in attendance. Of course I had to take a picture of my coffee with the Eiffel Tower behind it… or one of them.

Taste
5/5

My consensus can be summed up in one word: Yum. If you want a longer rating, it was abosolutely delicious. A little bit richer than a regular mocha, but that’s what you get when you mix two chocolates. I really enjoyed it, but I don’t know if it can dethrone my recent favorite: the caramel macchiato.

Trying my Luck with Origin Coffee for St Paddy’s Day!

Trying my Luck with Origin Coffee for St Paddy’s Day!

   Happy St Paddys day, everyone! Or…. post-St Paddys day, since this is going up on Monday, the day after St. Patrick’s day. This weekend I hunted around town, since I feel kind of jipped by the lack of Seasonal drinks from my guilty pleasure, Starbucks. I did find a tiny Starbucks in the hospital, that had two seasonal drinks. One a Paddy Mint, which I assume would have been mint chocolate. And the other, was a Fruity Pot of Gold, or raspberry, blackberry and vanilla. The Fruity Pot of Gold was fantasic.

     Anyway, this post isn’t about Starbucks. It’s about my favorite little local coffee shop; Origin Coffee House. I walked up to their door and saw that they had not one, but three options for my festivities. I took my chance with the top option on their board; the stout. You guys may know my abivalence on whether or not I like hazelnut, counting on the chocolate and caramel toning it down.

    I took a hunch and used heavy cream, in lieu of my whole milk for the added sweetness and richness it affords. On first sight, I noticed a conspicuous lack of green. Which is more an aesthetic grievance than anything else. The drink itself is very, very rich. Almost reminescent of a syrup? It lingers sweetly on the tongue, with the strong flavor of mocha. Caramel offered a pleasant sweetness just underneah the mocha, with the nuttiness from the hazelnut being so subtle as to be nearly not there. 

     The main reason I went with heavy cream was to drown out the nutty undertones, and I’m thinking that should not have been done. I may go back and try another thing off the list tomorrow, if time allows. I’m really curious to find out whether or not I enjoy Irish Cream. So far I’m starting my St Paddy’s Day weekend on a slightly highnote, because I’m never upset when I have coffee. I feel like my choice of heavy cream may have dampened this particular drink. I’d probably love this with the whole milk- which is going to be my second taste! 

Photo by Anthony from Pexels

       If you guys are pushing any boundaries with flavors, or trying anything new, let me know in the comments below! 

New at Starbucks; Ari’s Cloud Macchiato

New at Starbucks; Ari’s Cloud Macchiato

    Good Morning, guys! If you’re living under a rock, or just don’t particularly follow Starbucks new releases, you may not have heard about the Cloud Macchiato. Otherwise, you may be fully aware of the controversy surrounding this new drink. This little cup of coffee has caused its share of strife in the vegan community due to being a collaboration between Starbucks and the musical Ariana Grande, also known as Chanel Number 2 .

    The cause for the outrage surrounding this Macchiato topped with fluffy, lightly sweetened foam, is that it’s not vegan. I wasn’t aware that Ari was vegan, but her fans are. And, they are livid. To top it off, there’s not vegan option, due to the foam that crowns it having a main ingredient of egg whites. 

    Drama aside, the Cloud Macchiato comes in two flavors, cinnamon and caramel. If you’ve been following for a while, you know I prefer the super sweet flavor of caramel in my drinks. This is no different. This post is going to be a little bit of a roller coaster, because at first, I didn’t like it. But after about 15 sips, and sloshing it in the cup, I eventually decided I kind of dig it.    

 

    I was so excited to try it, not because of the origin, but because I’ve always loved macchiatos. I firmly expected to love this right off the bat. At first sip, which I took without stirring or sloshing, was a bitter affront to my taste-buds. I mean, maybe I do like my drinks overly-sweetened, but this was on a different level. I did notice a richness hiding under the sharp bite that greeted me. And, once I got the courage to drink a little more, I notice the foam had sunken into the drink and toned down the flavor to a mild nuttiness with some kick.

    At that point, I stirred it, because I wasn’t picking too much of the caramel. Once I did that, the foam was almost completely mixed in and the caramel had come to the surface to make a difference. I think this was the point where I decided that I do sort of like this one. It’s not for those who don’t like bitterness, that’s to say it was very nearly not for me. My final impression was that it was pleasantly sweet, the foam and caramel worked together to tone down my initial impression. Even with the sweetness I was loving at this point, I had a slight reminder of the bitterness lying wait under the surface. 
 
 

Taste; /5

    I award this one a 4/5, I don’t feel like I can give it a five just because it was a little of a hit and  miss for me. In the end I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t the best macchiato. While not being the worst, either. I do think that a 4 is a fair rating for the Cloud Macchiato.

 

Hometown Cravings; Matcha with Midtown Coffeehouse!

Hometown Cravings; Matcha with Midtown Coffeehouse!

         Top o’ the morning to ye! Get ready to feel festive, and dish out pinches this weekend! For my #tryday last week, I tried the Luck of the Matcha frapp from Midtown Coffeehouse! I’ve tried matcha from Starbucks, and a few other places in the past, with greatly underwhelming results. Read: I didn’t like it. This one was a lovely change of speed to that established trend. I was super excited to give this one a try, because, well I saw the post. 
 
    Literally, how could I not be absolutely ecstatic for that? I mean, typically, I like tea. And of course, my immature self loves marshmallows. So, hypothetically this is right up my alley!  I was a little hesitant to order it, but curiosity was pushing me in the door to place my order.

     The first thing I noticed was that the scent of the drink was very mild, which followed suit with the flavor. While the color itself is somewhat unappetizing to the anti-festive, being a pastel shade of green, I found it quite spring appropriate. It was more akin to drinking an iced green tea than I’m used to from my coffeeshops. It wasn’t overly sweetened, or maybe it was, since you guys know how I like my sugar; abundant. That slight propensity does skew my tastebuds. 

     I found the sweetness to be subtle and soft, for my tastes. It was tempered with a light earthy flavor, kind of like cinnamon if I had to pick the closest spice that it reminded me of. But, probably closer to how the air smells when tea is brewing. If that had a flavor. I found myself enjoying it, despite the odds being against this drink, due to the matcha thing. The marshmallows, which I could have used to sweeten it more, ended up sitting on top of the whipped cream and being eaten alone since I didn’t need their services so much after all.

     My rating on this is….

Taste: /5

     I can think of no other rating to award the kind folks over at Midtown Coffeehouse, than a well-deserved 5/5 for making me venture outside of my comfort zone with this one. I was really hesitant to try it, and seriously, Iwhen  told my Fiance` I was going to try it. His response? “You don’t like matcha.”  I looked at him before leaving, “I know, but I gotta try it.” And try it, I did. And you know what else?

I loved it.

Hometown Cravings; Midtown Coffeehouse and I Guess I Like Hazelnut??

Hometown Cravings; Midtown Coffeehouse and I Guess I Like Hazelnut??

     Hey guys, it’s your favorite punctual blogger! I’m so sorry that  I’ve fallen behind on you, I do have a quick update on the youtubey stuff, though! I have been filming two videos and I aim to have one or the other of them up next week! I don’t want to spoil too much, but I’m kind of hype! I’m definitely planning to do a lot of reviews, while I get my bearings with the whole filming thing.

     This last week I took myself back to Midtown Coffeehouse to see what kind of new stuff they had. You guys know they always have something new every time I visit! I checked out the board, which you can see above. After looking at it for a good thirty seconds and debating, I stepped up to the counter and order the Haze. My only thought was literally, “I hope I like this,” because I know how picky I can be with flavors. Despite trying to force myself out of my comfort zone, it’s extremely hard to introduce myself to new flavor, like the haze.

     The Haze is a delectable mix of Cinnamon,White Chocolate and Hazelnut, the latter of which I’ve never liked. I took a chance on this one after the reassurance of the lovely lady behind the counter. I was ecstatic. So, quick thanks for getting me to give the haze a go!

    My immediate impression was that it had a nice earthy richness, not of espresso, but just a mild nuttiness. That’s the thing I generally despise about Hazelnut, because I don’t like “peanut-y” flavors from my coffee. I’m used to espresso, but just straight up trailmix nuttiness? Nah. I was surprised by the way the mocha and cinnamon mingled to mask the hazelnut with a soft sweetness…. dare I say, haze?

     The cinnamon, being the primary flavor, lent a nice coolness to the subtle espresso vibes that lurked underneath the richness. It was a richness that felt a little heavy on the tongue, and not in an unpleasant way. I would definitely say the Haze is another one for the people who don’t like espresso. 
The Haze midtown coffeehouse
     I literally can’t wait to start this next leg and have time to do my editing for the videos! Guys, I’m working on them, pretty actively, aside from school work. I just… have to do something with all this makeup that’s piling up. In the meantime, while I get this started, go check out Smokey Glow, my latest favorite youtuber!