Hometown Cravings: Alley Cat Cafe Debut!

     Hey guys, and welcome to another Thursday post! I figure once I get into a swing of things I can produce the OG content one week and then then the New “Spooky” content the following week. It’s going to take some finagling, but I have like 4 posts on the burner right now for the shadow side, and I haven’t had a backlog of posts in a while. So I’m feeling like this is a good direction for me. Anyway, Alley Cat Cafe. Let’s get to it.

     You know those cafes that you see in Japan and Orlando, Florida that have actual furry, adoptable friends? I mean, you guys might know of more. But legit, those are the only places I had ever heard of. A couple of months ago Columbus Georgia got their own. And I was so hype to find out. I’ve already brought people there and gone into the cat room to fall in love and (unsuccessfully) beg my Fiance to allow another cat into the house. 

    The brew is good and the cats are photogenic, without further ado let’s get to the review on this is lovely establishment. When you walk in, the first thing you notice is that due to the location of the actual cafe, it is rather narrow. On the right hand side of the shop is handmade crafts, the menu, a cashier counter and the tea station against in the back. To the left is the main attraction, the cat room. In the back of the shop is the seating area, and behind that a room where they produce their beverages.

    The first time I went, I got the Whiskered Mocha with dark chocolate, essentially your standard mocha. At first, I must admit that I found it a little over-sweet for my tastes. I did adjust to it, but it did truthfully remind me more of Chocolate Milk rather than coffee. You guys know me and my incorrigible sweet tooth. So, inevitably I did find myself enjoying it like I would enjoy a frozen hot chocolate sort of drink. I would most definitely recommend this drink if you enjoy the sweeter things in life, or maybe don’t enjoy coffee flavors.

     I went back a couple of times, and didn’t buy coffee but just went for the cats. They’re all lovely, by the way! On the third time, I got a peppermint mocha. I likewise found that first sip extremely sweet. But, after a thorough stirring I found myself enjoying it quite a bit more. It toned down the flavor nicely and took it from sucking on a peppermint disk down to a manageable  amount of peppermint. T’is the season, after all,  but I don’t want to die from it. 

    My favorite of the two from this charming cat cafe is probably the peppermint mocha, partially because I’m a sucker (heh) for peppermint. And the other reason, because it’s purrfect for the holidays. 

    I’m pretty rusty on my coffee reviews– I need to get back into the swing of doing actual reviews. I’m so thrilled to have an actual cat cafe here in my town. And I’m super hype to be able to share them with you. If you’ve never been to a cat cafe, I highly recommend it. If not for the coffee, then for the sweet babies who need their Fur-ever homes.

 

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     I don’t go into my love of animals too much, honestly. But, my two girls were both returned to the shelter and they showed me that they felt that abandonment when I had to load them up and take them to get checked out by the vets at the shelter. Marceline in particular, nuzzled and purred as though on her best behavior like she thought she was being returned. When I got her back in the car to take her home afterwards, there was trust between us. I feel like she understood that she had a safe home with someone who loves her. I firmly believe that even though cats have a reputation for being aloof and unloving, that they do bond to their humans and feel the sting of being left behind. 

     The Alley Cat Cafe is working in conjunction with a rescue out of Phenix City. The rescue from my understanding is a solitary individual funding the rescue and rehabilitation coming from their retirement fund. If you have an inkling that you might be on the market for a furry, feline companion I urge you to check them out because it will help them save more cats. I have one more thing to say; even if you’re not in the market to adopt a new fuzzy family member, you can go into the cat room for $5 for half and hour or $10 for an hour (with a free drink).

     Every little bit helps provide for funds to allow the owners of this establishment. As well as the rescue and will allow them to provide for and rescue more kitties.

    I’m going to leave that here for today’s post, since it went on much longer than intended anyway. I’ll see (some of you) next week for Thursday’s post!