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!

 

Origin Treats us to Christmas Coffee!

     

     Hey guys, we’re T-Minus 1 day to the big event! I’m so excited! Are you guys ready? We already broke some major ground here on the blog with yesterday’s video and I gotta tell you, that was definitely new. I’m hoping to have more content that you guys will be legitimately into as we move on into the new year! After yesterday, all I’m in the mood for is coffee. 

    The little local place I’m veritably obsessed with, Origin Coffee right here in Columbus has this amazing latte just in time for the Holidays. I thought that the Be Mine from Iron Bank was my Chocolate milk look-a-like, but I hadn’t met this one yet. 

     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.

    My favorite part about the holidays, if you may recall from one of our earlier posts, is peppermint. I love peppermint and what it does for my coffee. Coffee, as we all know, has an earthy flavor that is fairly bitter and grounding. I love how peppermint is able to add some coolness and subtle sweetness. I always knew I liked peppermint, what I didn’t know was how much I love marshmallow.

    Marshmallow being in this particular drink is amazing. It attaches to the espresso and tempers it. Makes it soft and decadent. The richness of the chocolate was magnified and it was made sweeter, somehow. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend this to you if you’re into Hot Cocoa or even Chocolate Milk. This is another one for those who don’t appreciate the bitterness of coffee.

    If you guys aren’t local, and there’s a big chance of that, this one is a good one to order custom from your favorite local place. Your experience may vary slightly, but this is one that I feel will translate well from other Cafe`s.

 

     I’ve been really utilizing our Christmas tree the last couple of days, mostly because we just managed to get our first tree and partly because I’m just really feeling the aesthetic. I also want to give a huge hello to our new readers! I hope you guys stick around! I’m happy to announce that I have some big plans for us here that I hope you like!

   Come back tomorrow for our last day of Christmas post!

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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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!

I’m dreaming of the perfect Christmas

    Hey guys! We’re so close to the big day and I’m getting more and more excited. This year is a big one for us! It’s not for any major reason, or anything. We just got our first tree. The fire is going heartily, the tree is up, the dog is down by my feet and I’m feeling festive. I figured now is as good a time as any to start thinking about my perfect dream Christmas. 

     Yesterday was Secret Santa was work, I kind of went a little all out and got lots of presents for my friends and the trainers. With those memories of trying- and failing- to wrap artfully presented gifts for under the tree it really got me thinking.

 

    My dream Christmas would start out waking up around 8:00-ish, and walking out to the living room to be greeted by a crackling fire. This would be a fire hazard to keep going all night, so someone would have to get up early.  The tree would be lit up cheerily, and the presents would overflow with cohesive colors and lots of ribbons and bows! The stocking would be hung up above the fireplace with gifts for myself, my darling and all of my furry children (not that the later would appreciate it).

    In complete opposition to my childhood, we would get straight to opening up gifts. Food can wait, presents must happen right off the bat in this dream-world. My darling would open his, and find exactly what he’s been wanting but has been unable to buy, and so would I. I don’t know what everyone else wants, but their favorite things would be in the stockings.

    After presents, we would get to part two of our Christmas morning and fix up some peppermint hot cocoa, with some sugar cookies. I can feel the disapproval, guys. But, it’s the breakfast of champions. Prove me wrong. We would hang out on the couch and peruse the movies on Hulu, and eventually settle on some laughable cartoon movie. From the couch, we can see freshly fallen snow through our windows. Rather uncharacteristic for the South, but I certainly wouldn’t be complaining!

    After the cocoa is gone, we’d get on prepping some fresh french toast. Mine would be topped with lots of whipped cream. Like, pile on the whipped cream. If I’m feeling more sweetness, I’d probably put some caramel on there too, why not!

    The rest of the day would be spectacularly lazy. We stay home and enjoy each other’s company. I’d most likely spend my day playing with whatever gifts I got from Santa. We would relax into the night, and maintain the steady crackling of the fire. Most likely sipping coffee, because… it should go with out saying. Literally can’t have a holiday without having coffee. It’s not acceptable.

     I know my dream Christmas is probably unremarkable. Despite the drive to constantly go and create things, I do have simple taste in the end. If these daydreams tickled your fancy or you want to share your own dream Christmas, share it in the comments down below!

Three of the Best Things About The Holiday Season

    Hey there, guys! Let’s get today’s Blogmas rolling! Yesterday I talked about recapturing the Holiday Spirit, this one is for those of you who’s Holiday Cheer never left! I really don’t want to give the impression that I hate the holidays. To the contrary, although some Christmas songs tend to grate on my nerves. Since I grew up, I had to rediscover my love for the holiday season. 

     The best thing about trying to rekindle that spark in myself is finding new things to love about this most festive time of year!

 

Family (blood, and not)

   Like I went into a little in the last post, I was raised with a large extended family that loved the holidays. Every holiday was a huge event where family from all over would congregate in my hometown. Since I left, I haven’t celebrated but once. And the one time that I did, didn’t really leave a good taste in my mouth. I opted to not celebrate again and my Cheer up and left. 

     This year is different. I did find a new job, partner, friends… Even the coworkers start to feel like family when you’re with them so much. I love the sense of togetherness that this season affords us. Really, I would even be happy without the promise of presents and food, though of course, those are perks. I just love where we are for the most part. 

     I’m discovering that one of the best parts about this season is celebrating, not with exclusively the family you were born with but opening your heart to the family that you have the potential to meet. Family has the potential to be everywhere around you, you just need to look around and be open to forming those connections. Righ now, I’m just at a very grateful (albeit semi-stressful) place. And, in case anyone is wondering if I consider them family; Absolutely. 

 

The Five Senses

Sight

I did briefly go into this yesterday, as well, but the sights are stunning. Depending where you are, you may have snow (lucky) or you may have the remnants of fall shaking themselves free from the sparse branches. Either way, it’s sure to be made stunning by those unsung heroes who decorate and really channel that Christmas feeling. I know in particular, my neighbors go a little crazy with the decorations. It’s nearly impossible to be upset while looking at Christmas lights and decorations. I always found myself begrudgingly enjoying the gorgeous colors, even when I was adamant about not celebrating.

Sound

This is an easy one; the music. I know every word to so many songs even if I haven’t listened to it in years. There’s something so timeless about Christmas music. Not only that, have you ever tried to not sing along with All I Want For Christmas is You? I fail that challenge every time. The other one that always gets me is Last Christmas. I mean, I absolutely can’t not belt out his heartbreak. Some of my other absolute favorites are down below!

  1. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home); I found the one on again while watching an ABC Family Christmas movie years ago and I made a note to memorize the lyrics so I could find it again. I LOVE this one so much.
  2. All I want for Christmas; This one brought to us by Vince Vance and the Valiants was always so hard for me to find before I memorized the name of the band!
  3. Mary’s Boy Child; I’m not particularly religious, nor have I ever been, really, but I have always loved this song. It has a tropical, islandic feeling that’s like summer in the middle of the harsh winter. I loved this song for so many years! It has a heck of a hook.

Taste

This one is also a rehash of the last post in a way. I love some of the tastes of the season, namely peppermint! I also love the inventive flavors of coffee and cocoa that come out. When we were shopping last week we found some amazing flavors of cocoa in a set. We have plans to go back and grab them to enjoy for our Second Christmas together! I’m legit pretty excited, especially for the caramel flavors.

   I’ve also come across some pretty amazing Christmas coffees too, like the more fall oriented one from Fountain City! Check out the local places to you to see what kind of unique drinks you can find before they’re gone!

Tactile

What does Christmas feel like? Christmas feels like warmth, and being wrapped in soft fluffy fabric. The entire affair, despite being in the dead of winter feels very warm to me. That feeling of warmth and love is something I’ve found myself yearning for over the year.

Scent

One of my favorite things about his season, hands down. Which isn’t remarkable, as that’s what this whole post is about. I love the scents I associate with the holiday. I primarily associate the scent of evergreen with vanilla and the smell of wood from the fireplace. The vanilla in my memories is sometimes interrupted by the smell of cocoa or coffee that became more prevalent as I got older. But vanilla is a smell I associate with almost every precious memory.

 

Tradition

     Another thing I love about this season is that despite the evident prevalence of tradition that permeates time, is that none of it is set in stone. The holidays have the capacity to mean so many different things to so many different people. To some, it can mean what it used to mean to me, large parties with the extended family and making long road trips. Or it can fall more in line with what it means to me recently, solitude with my future husband and enjoying this new family I’ve found. 

     This is the year that we’re trying to start out own traditions together. We’re getting our first tree, figuring out the staple foods and festivities and generally just figuring out what it means to us. Do we want to celebrate with friends? Without? Do we want to partake of cliche` ideas? Gingerbread houses? Stereotypical color coordination? Stockings? 

In short- heck yeah. The beautiful thing is that no matter what you choose one year, you’re free to change your mind next time. The tradtions you build are yours to find comfort in as you please and there’s something so beautiful about that to me. 

This post actually went on a little bit longer than I thought it would to be honest. I guess I’m relieved to know that I was able to find some love for a holiday that ceased to move me years ago. I’m finding the ability to enjoy the nostalgia and the closeness with those around me extremely cathartic. I’m looking forward to making new memories about these times, this year and the in the years to come.

What are you guys looking forward to in the coming holiday?

 

 

Lacking the Holiday Spirit? Try these three small things to capture it again!

     Hey guys, and welcome to day 9 on our countdown! You guys may notice a change in format going forward- I realized that I did the countdown thing for Halloween and after some thought, countdowns are boring. That’s the absolute last thing I want to be, which I think that’s something we may have in common. I’ve been trying to think of what kind of post to write for today, and it hit me that I could share some ideas for those of you who are in my boat and trying to fall in love with the season again.

     The holidays when I was growing up, meant something so much more different to me. It was a time of childhood wonder and awe, waiting up for Santa, waking up to see presents that weren’t there before. We also had these huge parties where relatives from all over the South would meet and bring dishes and desserts. My family home was always spectacularly decorated and had this fantastic tree that was surrounded by presents of all sizes and colors for the children.

      Sadly, as it goes, we all grow up. As I grew, my childhood wonder became jaded and cynical and somewhere along the way the wonder was lost. Santa who? Recently, I find that I’m trying to recapture my previous fervent love of the holidays, so here’s the few ideas that have worked for me!

1. Find a Mission

This one may not apply to everyone in the way it does to me. I’ll be honest, before having this blog… I didn’t care about the holidays. The child I used to be was somewhere in the annals of my past gathering dust. But, since having this site and deciding on a steady post schedule and the occasional holiday ‘event’, I find that I care more. 

     I want to experience the holidays in a  new way and share them with you guys! While it isn’t possible for me to do it exactly in the ways that I want right now, I’m using our first holidays together to get ideas for next time or the time after that. Life, and evidently the holidays is a learning process. 

     You may not have a website that you’re compelled to keep posting on, but maybe the idea of having a story to share will be motivation enough to at least give a hint of that spark back.

     Try

  • Bullet Journaling
    • Make holiday themed cover pages to perk yourself up
    • Create weekly or monthly themes!
    • This can be an extremely creative outlet if you want it to be!
  • Scrapbooking
    • Invest in a fujiffilm Instax and snap pictures to hold for years to come
    • Decorate the pages in bright, festive colors
  • Go the virtual alley
    • use Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter or Instagram to share your holiday story or get inspiration
    • Pinterest can practically drown you in holiday inspo when you’re in need!

2.Revisit Tradition

    Holidays have things associated with them and or good reason. Visiting some of the tried-and-true symbols of the season can rekindle that spark! One thing that perks me up every year is peppermint everything. It’s such a refreshing and reinvigorating flavor that gives me life. I look forward to Peppermint Mocha every year. 

     One other thing I’m not too big on but that I have to try every year, is Gingerbread. Either take the time to fail at building a house or just get straight to the end and eat the poor homeless thing. I don’t like gingerbread, but it’s like Cranberry Sauce at Thanksgiving. I have to have some. 

Despite not tasting too great, these little guys make great treats!

Aside from those, I love Hot Cocoa to take me back. Cocoa is a thing that I’ve always had a softspot for. Just sprinkle in some marshmallows, festive sugar sprinkles and maybe some whipped cream and you have the perfect nostalgic treat.

3. Location, location, location

    It’s no secret that atmosphere is everything- our environment can influence our entire outlook and even our mental health. It makes sense that our decor and bring the cheer. Try to surround yourself with things that remind you of the holidays. Last year I set to work making stockings for my fiance and our animals (yeah, I’m that person) and it really made me perk up. Something about doing something productive to prepare for Christmas jump-starting my festive spirit.

    Try to drive around and check out Christmas decorations, or attend a light event at a botanical garden. Just seeing beautiful things can sometimes elicit those feelings!

We hope to attend Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens, to share with everyone here!

     Seeing beautiful and cheerful things can kind of force us to feel the things we remember from long ago- I mean, just looking at the lights up above makes me happy. I’m getting so excited to go check it out myself!

    I hope you found these ideas at least a little bit helpful, if you’re like me and lost touch with your inner-child. If these ideas work for you, or you’ve found other ones that worked for you, share those below! 

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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    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?

Winter Wishes: Thanksgiving and Hugs (in a cup)

The weather is getting colder and the nights are getting longer, the holiday preparations are either a bit behind (like in the Java household), or in full and festive swing. To make up for my decided lack of holiday spirit, I visited one of my favorite coffee haunts in the Downtown Columbus area- our very own, Fountain City Coffee. Whose warm and inviting interior begs to have it’s patrons linger for a while and enjoy the soft ambiance of indie music and the calming buzz of conversation. Whether you want to blog or mingle with the locals, this a perfect place to just relax in the charming heart of Columbus. 

 I visit them quite frequently for my favorite drink of choice, the heath freezer, which is my top pick no matter the weather. I usually don’t care about the weather and just get what I like, or try something new on ice. But, it’s entirely too cold for that, especially with the wind whipping between the buildings downtown. No, today I was feeling a little sentimental for the days when I would join my extended family for the celebration of Thanksgiving and Christmas with delicious food. 

I was recommended the “Thanksgiving and Hugs” latte, which is just about a 4-course meal of nostalgia. It’s got everything, really. Chai, pumpkin, vanilla and cinnamon and the smell is divine. It smells so enticingly like pumpkin pie that I may have to bring some into the house this Thanksgiving. This is the one single time of the year when I allow myself to indulge in rich deserts and loads of meat, I may have found a new piece to add to my list of traditions.

The Thanksgiving and Hugs latte is delicious. I honestly wasn’t sure if it would be, or if it would even be up my alley. This does not disappoint in the slightest. I said that the smell was like a warm pumpkin pie, and the flavor closely mimics it. This is one of the smoothest latte experiences I’ve had in a while. Guys, I literally don’t even like chai. I love this drink. It has a nice full richness that goes down slow and smooth. It’s perfect to just hold in both hands and sip, while looking forlornly out the window like a protagonist of a Winter love story. Was that too sappy?

The chai isn’t overpowering and is in a gentle harmony with the pumpkin and cinnamon in equal parts. The vanilla chimes in as a soft whisper of flavor that briefly lingers on the tongue. I went with the warm variant of this beverage and I really think that was the right call. Even if it wasn’t freezing out, it would be the right call, because this is a drink best served hot. Or, in my humble opinion anyway. I feel like their cups don’t do it justice, I just want to get it home and throw it into one of my festive mugs.

Fountain City has long been a personal favorite of mine, and held a high ranking against so the coffee shops of the past and will most likely hold their spot against many future competitors in ranks. That goes double if they continue to grace my existence with drinks of this caliber. Honestly, this drink may be an annual staple for me and it’s an absolute travesty that I didn’t try it before now.

Needless to say, onto the rating! It should be evident, by how much I love this drink what sore it deserves.

Thanksgiving and Hugs Taste; /5

  The Thanksgiving and Hugs latter deserves a 5/5, and is a spectacular holiday drink to get you in the spirit. I’m feeling much, much more festive now. Thank you, Fountain City Coffee for introducing me to something new for Christmas!

Winter Wishes: Custom Coffee from My Boulange

 


This Winter Wish comes from My Boulange, here in my own little town. You guys probably can’t tell, but my favorite thing to do is ask a barista what their favorite drink is for whatever occasion and then go with that. I find some gold with this method, and highly recommend it if you like getting out of your comfort zone. If you give this method of selection a try, let us know how it goes!

The sweet (and patient) barista/cashier, made a custom off-menu drink for me this afternoon, after asking tentatively if I minded cinnamon. She whipped up a latte with Mocha, Caramel and Praline. Which makes a lot of sense to me, because I’m somewhat reminded of hot cocoa. It’s very gentle for a latte, and I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. We’re not sure what to dub this delicious concoction, and I’ll leave it up to a vote here if you have any ideas!

It has a pleasant warm weight on the tongue and a very mild coffee flavor lingering just under the sweetness. This is another Latte I can’t recommend enough for those who aren’t huge fans of coffee and Espresso in general. This should be right up your alley. It’s a very subtle and nostalgic experience, drinking this.

When the whipped cream melted a fair bit, the hot cocoa illusion was strengthened and it takes me back to when I used to drink cocoa with cinnamon as a child. I’m exceptionally pleased with this particular adventure out of the menu items.
The espresso flavor is fairly muted, and there’s no burn from the lurking bitterness. It tastes like a sweet nostalgia, from simpler and sweeter times. I do want to note that it’s fairly rich, as well, so I would suggest starting with either an empty stomach or drink this as dessert. It’s quite filling for a beverage. Sadly, I ordered a lunch and I’m not certain I can eat it, but I can say one thing for sure: I have no regrets.

Name this Winter Wish! Cast your vote in the comment section below

 

You can also check out our Winter pick for Midtown Coffee, by clicking here! Or, alternatively, you can check out the other delicious treat we were served there.

5 Creepy Coffees Perfect for the Night!

1. The Basic Witch 

          This first drink is called the basic witch, and it hails from the iron bank coffee company. In Columbus, Iron Bank is kind of a fixture everybody knows them, everyone loves them, I love them. They really come up with some good drinks, my favorite being to be mine which I go into pretty good detail on in a previous post.

      But this entry is for the basic which, which is a beautiful mix of pumpkin spice, white chocolate, and Brown sugar. I am usually not a fan of pumpkin spice, as you can see, but I was shown the error of my ways. I’ve always thought that pumpkin spice was supposed to be overpowering, something to drown out all the other flavors. But, I guess I was wrong, or at least, in this case.

     This drink has some very subtle vibes, coming from the pumpkin spice. It’s subtle vaguely, autumnal. Since, I really generally prefer cold drinks, I did get this iced which might be a little bit counterculture in pumpkin spice communities, but I really enjoy  this iced coffee. It’s quite good and it leaves me feeling a vague sweetness on the back of my tongue coming from the white chocolate which just lends a great counterbalance to the spice coming from the pumpkin. Really, It’s a very relaxed medley of flavors that is altogether charming combination. It’s making me really  feel the holiday spirit which I haven’t really felt in years. So hats off to you iron bank!

     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!

     There really is no better way to kick off a holiday coffee list, than with our very own Iron Bank Coffee Company here in Columbus Georgia. It’s a fixture very well known with his architecture and its flavors, as well as its proximity to the downtown area. It is right in the bustling heart of Columbus and is the perfect place to stop by if you would like a softer a drink or something sweet!

 

   2.   Great White Pumpkin

     Our second coffee is also from Columbus Georgia, my hometown. This is from Midtown coffee house, which you may recall from a previous post. In true Midtown coffee house custom this coffee does have a very pleasant bite. It does a slight acidity that lingers, I just can’t say I’m a huge fan of the flavor. Might be the way their mocha is interacting with the with the pumpkin spice but it really is almost distinctly floral.

     I’m picked up a nice flavor, the drink is very subtly spiced it seems very very mild in comparison to what I think about when I think about pumpkin spice. This flavor has always been one of those that really gets going in the fall and is unapologetic. But, thankfully, this one is just very relaxed with the pumpkin spice more or less, stepping aside for the mocha to shine.

     My basic feeling about this drink, is that it’s, somehow, too floral for my taste. I’m not sure where it gets an almost Lavender aftertaste from. But, if that’s your cup of tea… err, coffee, then this might be for you!

 

3. Black Forest

    The black forest latte is a unique (to me) combination of flavors that I was a touch nervous about. It’s Cherry, Vanilla, Chocolate and Bourbon, half of those flavors I don’t frequent. I’ve never been too big on cherries and bourbon is a new one for me. Guys, I was surprised with how much I liked this latte. It’s not quite cold enough here for hot drinks… But it’s okay because this one is so amazing as an iced coffee. 

     With each sip, I’m met with a flavor similar to a chocolate covered cherry. It’s sweet, subtle and another great contender for coffee people who don’t particularly like coffee. It’s got a very smooth texture and the bitterness is just a faint ghost that mingles well with the chocolate flavor. This really strikes me as a rich drink. Truth be told,  it is a little heavy on the tongue due to the competing flavors.

     You guys know how I’m literally all about the Be Mine latte because it’s like chocolate milk? This one has just gone up there with my chocolate milk substitutes. It’s perfectly sweet, pleasantly rich and the flavors all play exceptionally well together. All around a balanced selection! 

     This one comes highly recommended and gets the JnJ Seal of Approval!

4. Witch’s Brew Frappuccino

     I know you’re probably thinking “Starbucks? Really?” Since I stopped really posting about them. But, let’s be honest, with all of the festive things they do around the holidays it would be a travesty if I didn’t grab this contradiction. First off, it’s a rather alarming color choice. I don’t usually look at purple and green and thing “I’m going to put that in my face”. This is one time though, that I did just that.

      It’s a strange choice to make the drink orange flavored, in my opinion. On top of the cream base and with vanilla whipped cream it was more like drinking a dreamsicle. Being 50 degrees outside, this wasn’t the best choice. The combination of iced beverage and chilly weather only exaggerated the bite in the air. 

      Those green seeds that you see swirled through the drink are Chia seeds- they added a strange texture to this concoction that threw me off. They were a bit slimy? Which isn’t an adjective I throw in with my drinks often. That aside, even though this drink completely lacks coffee and isn’t quite what Japan has for Halloween, I’d definitely say this is a fun choice for a fall drink.

 

 

 

5. Spooky Spice

     This last drink hails from Origin coffee, which as you know, I’m completely obsessed with. We put a drink for the ocassion, with chocolate, maple spice and dark chocolate drizzle. It almost looks foreboding. Aside from The Basic Witch and The Great white pumpkin, I tried to stay away from pumpkin spice. There are more iconic flavors for the fall, like maple! I had no idea until a few months ago that I love maple.

      This one has nice harmony, with the bitterness from the espresso, the rich chocolates and a hint of maple spice. It feels like a drink that I need to sip on while walking across a park blanketed by fallen leaves. Somehow, I’m getting dramatic vibes from it? I will say that this one is super rich in consistency with the gratuitous amounts of chocolate. If it’s not too hot outside, and you won’t be doing too many rigorous activities, this is one I recommend.

     Of course, this is Origin we’re talking about, so if you don’t like the bite of espresso, let them know. Their beans are freshly ground and roasted. You can definitely tell. I’ve gotten a few different fall coffees from them this season and all of them are phenomenal. This one is for those of you who want rich chocolate but with Halloween spirit.

 

     I hope you guys enjoyed this list of fall favorites to try this season! If you’re local, stop in to one of these hometon favorites or if you’re not, I’m sure you can customize your drinks to get a similar experience. Thank you for joining us for on day three of our 7 Days of Halloween countdown! Tomorrow, we’re going to be looking at a few last minute makeup looks!