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!

Hometown Cravings; Wheely’s Rave!

Coffee; White Mocha Caramel
Shop; Wheely’s
City; Columbus, GA
 
     Hey Guys! I know we’ve deviated a little from the content you’re used to! It’s been crazy over here in my neck of the woods. I wanted to get out there and bring you a coffee related post, since it’s been a little while. I’ll get there with this balance stuff, I promise!
 
     I did a bad thing and discovered that I could get coffee delivered to me at work when I’m too lazy to actually walk anywhere, which is more often than not the case. Sadly though, my options are a little limited. I’m sure you guys may (or may not) remember the post I did on Wheely’s a couple months ago. I wasn’t too hot on it, and I haven’t been. Luckily they seem to be great sports and totally aware that you can’t please everyone all the time
 
     I didn’t take that as a “I won’t be back” sort of thing, but rather “I will find something that I like” situation. And I finally did! I was at work, far too lazy to be bothered to go somewhere close by. Can’t someone bring me coffee? After checking GrubHub I found that, yes, someone can bring me coffee. I was a little disappointed that the only coffee I could get delivered was Wheely’s, based on my past experience. But, I decided to take another chance since it had been a while and opted to get it delivered in an hour or so.
 
     I was banking on the coffee not impressing and also not filling me up for lunch, so I ordered a danish too. I sat and waited- I was hungry and I really wanted my coffee. A little while later, I get a phone call from Wheely’s telling me that they didn’t have any danishes today and that they could replace them with muffins. I decided to take it in stride and opt for muffins. 
 
     When my totally nutritious lunch got to me, I found that they had left me a note on the box! 
 
      Aside from that, on the inside of the box was a free coffee card that I can redeem next time I go in! I’m pretty psyched. The only thing better than coffee is free coffee. Speaking of Coffee, they got it right this time! I think I’m picking up that I pretty much have to stir all the coffee I get before I drink it. This especially makes sense here because it’s about a 15 minutes drive from Wheely’s to my work. 
 
     My Mocha was very mellow, with a subtle nuttiness that lingered on the tongue. It really smelled fantastic and rich, with an innate bitterness. The coffee itself had some subtle bite to it with complimenting acidity to the sweetness of the mocha. Somehow my first impression was that it reminded me of Coconut milk. I’m not sure how that even makes sense in this context. 
 
    I was very pleased with this drink and I’ll make it a mission to find more things to like from Wheely’s, because I’m beginning to think they just simply do better at certain things. Or maybe, like with Fountain City, it’s all in the Barista. After all, I do seem to have my favorite Baristas when I frequent places. It’s only natural!
 
    For the curious, the muffins were muffins. They certainly weren’t My Favorite Muffin level, but they weren’t terrible by any stretch. I enjoyed them immensely, and would have enjoyed them even more if I had some milk to have with them. You really can’t go wrong with blueberry muffins, especially not when they come with free coffee!
 
    I’ll rate this experience with Wheely’s a: 

     /5

     
      I feel like they deserve a good rating this time, due to doing great with the coffee, having fantastic service and that note somehow melted my heart!

Hometown Cravings; Crunch Berry Latte With Origin Coffee

I came into Origin Coffee, once again, for a wonderful tryday experiment! Honestly, I love asking the lovely people to just make something fun. I get some really unique flavor experiences that way. Today I asked about something unique, outside of my usual favorites, Mocha, Caramel and Brown Sugar. I was introduced to the Captain Crunch Iced Latte.
 
   As mentioned in the previous Origin post, their coffee is locally sourced and has a bit of bite to it. I feel like they use a darker roast, due to the tinge of bitterness I get underneath the other flavors. That being said, this drink is mild, but the coffee flavor may be a bit much for those who don’t like the bitterness. The bite of the coffee adds a wonderful counterbalance to the raspberry flavor that is the predominant flavor.
 
   The flavors they used to make this wonderful concoction were Caramel, Hazelnut, and Raspberry. The hazelnut is so subtle and adding not really a nutty flavor, but just a touch of that cereal taste. It’s really surprising to me how well the flavors work together to bring in a sweet, not-too-rich, drink. 
 
     By now, you guys probably think I’m completely obsessed with Origin Coffee, and well… you’d be right. Proximity and quality are unparalleled and the staff they have working here are absolutely wonderful. I definitely highly recommend Origin and I can’t sing their praises enough.
 
Lucky me that they set up shop so close to my home!
 

Taste; /5

   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.

 
Now that we’ve taken care for your regularly scheduled content, I have the next couple of posts planned. We’re going to be attending the grand opening for Petite Sweets n Treats, and seeing what kind of goodies she’s whipped up for this big event! Followed by my first Beauty post (what’s in my bag?) featuring my top dollar acquisitions or this huge makeup wholesale event I’ll be attending Saturday! Time will tell which one goes live first!
  
I’ll also be reviewing the newest JnJ Merch from Vista Print that I get each month! We’ll be seeing a few subscription oriented posts- Ipsy, Promobox and the Goodie Box from our baker friends over at Petite Sweets N Treats. 
 
Though it’s been completely insane for me for the past month or so, I’ve been making plans!
 
Stay fabulous, guys! I’ll see you Monday!

Branded; Petite Sweets n Sweets worked some magic!

 Guys, I have to admit, I’m more than a little hyped up and this amazing little bakery may or may not be to blame. I found the lovely ladies over at Petite Sweets n Treats by complete chance, and as luck would have it that fell in line with our big move! Cake is always welcome, but more so in times of stress!

     We haven’t had a shortage of treats since discovering them, and for good reason- it’s delicious. I’ve been trying to push her some new customers since tasting her delectable lemon cupcakes… and the vanilla unicorn cupcake… and the cookie one…

   I need to get to point- I’m starting to ignite my sweet tooth with all this talk of goodies. I’ll be giving a tour of the new digs soon, since I’ve mentioned it all over instagram and facebook. It’s kind of a huge point of pride at this point, and will mark the start of my forray into the marvelous world of beauty blogging. I just bought my first Coloupop Palette and I’m so excited to play with it, and my Naked Palette! (once they get here!) 

    Wow- all this caffeine is bad for my concentration. 

     The lovely ladies over at my new favorite treats place, are a family. The two entrepreneurs are Elyssa and Makena, who infected their talented Mom with the cooking bug. These three really work some magic together! They make some of the most unique flavors I’ve ever seen, and are always experimenting with new sorts of tastes. I feel privileged to be a proud Guinea pig, and I can’t wait for the next adventure in flavor.

    I commissioned her to make us a cake for the blog, and the upcoming [redacted] that I’m working on. I’m a little worried to say too much about that, honestly. Suffice to say it’s been a lot of work to plan for. The cake in question, comes in two attempts. This one, which I adore, was not quite up to their vision, and so she’ll be making a second attempt, which I’ll reveal a little later.

    This cake is pure magic, I kid you not. It’s two layers of chocolate cake with coffee replacing the water in the recipe. I was incredibly antsy to taste it. But, I was made to wait. She modeled the cake after a mug of coffee, and adorned with our logo.

     We held a Cake Party the say after we got this delicious creation home. We invited our new neighbor and a couple of our friends to enjoy it with us! The neighbor and I didn’t taste the coffee, possibly due to being acclimated to the taste. A few moments after finishing our cake, I started getting jittery. There was at least a cup of Cold Brew in it, and it finally hit me.

     Just take a look at this delicious thing. I have a new favorite cake!

 

 

Home Town Cravings; Sweet Rebellion with Midtown Coffee

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!

Sweet Rebellion Taste; /5

    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. 

Coffee Abroad; Twofer with Lightnin Bugs!

Coffee Abroad; Twofer with Lightnin Bugs!

  For an adventure, my lovely partner and I headed to Warm Springs, about an hour outside of our hometown. The small town of Warm Springs, Georgia has some of that small-town-charm that I’m so big on. We had found that there was another coffee shop out near UniquExpressions and we had to see how it stacked up against one of my all-time favorite spots.
 
        The cafe in Warm Springs is called Lightnin Bugs, and the ladies behind the counter were polite and courteous- always a plus! The hype was real when we walked in and saw the decor- I adored all of the wall hangings, and low-key want to buy one for our kitchen! The Lightnin Bugs Cafe has a fairly large shop area that has a variety of items, ranging from purses and apparel to stuffed animals. I find it really cool, because up to recently, I had never seen a coffee shop that also sold wares. Check out the small slide-show below for a quick peek at their inventory!
 

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        We perused the menu for a while and eventually decided on the French Vanilla Iced Latte, since i don’t think I’ve done this basic coffee-staple on the blog quite yet! Sadly, the picture I took of the drink got erased in the meantime between actually drinking the coffee and writing this post. It was just your basic coffee cup, though so you’re not missing too much there as far as aesthetic goes.
        
        I was really not too excited to do a a writeup on this drink.  It had a very generic flavor that was simiar to the Starbucks Frappe you can get in the convenience stores. In fact, it was so similar in flavor to that, that I’m half convinced that that’s what I served. It was extremely mild and a little over-sweet. The vanilla, while refreshing and likewise on the overly saccharine side. The coffee had little to no bite, unfortunately. Sadly, I can’t recommend this particular drink just due to to the over-whelming generic quality of it.
 
        I did get another beverage tho that I did quite enjoy- I tried a hot Peppermint Bark Latte. I really get the feeling that this was a light roast, due to the mildness of the blend. The flavor was not unlike a York’s Peppermint Patty, to my great pleasure. There was a light mingling harmony of flavors, with the peppermint and the dark chocolate that was charming and rich. The mildness of the coffee itself lent to a more relaxed vibe that I altogether enjoyed. 
 
            This was definitely one of those times that I enjoyed the Hot latter a fair bit more than the iced. Which is rare, as I’m generally pretty big on iced coffee. I do intend to return to Lightnin Bugs Cafe to give them another go with a different flavor. I feel like they have such potential and I need to see what they can do. Next time I return, I intend to sample something from their personal favorites and see how it stacks up.
 
        My general consensus for Lightnin Bugs Cafe, right now, is that their hot drinks are leaps and bounds better than their iced variants. They have a charming, down-home aesthetic with baked goods and wall hangings adorning the actual cafe portion of their building. They have some cute wares that you can see in the pictures I captured while I was there.
 
        No one yet has managed to dethrone UniquExpressions, we’ll see if one day someone manages to come close!
 

Instagrameter; /5

    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.

Vanilla Latte Taste; /5

    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. 

Peppermint Bark Taste; /5

    This one was much better than the iced beverage- it had a distinctly holiday vibe. I really love the harmony of Mint and Dark Chocolate, and this one made me very happy. Despite the climbing temperatures outside. It’s not a menu item, so if you find yourself in their cafe, just tell them the recipe!

Chill Treats; UniquExpressions is Heavenly

Heavenly Caramel Iced Latte
I always get so thrilled when they bring out these cups

  City; Pine Mountain, Georgia
  Stop; UniquExpressions
  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.

 
     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

 

 

Hometown Cravings; First Tryday Friday!

 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.

Coffee Soda!

              The one that especially stood out to me was the Dirty Vanilla Coke. Coffee and Soda? Where have I heard that before? Right….

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….


 

              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.

Choddy
Midtown’s Choddy- yum!

              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.

 

Taste; /5

              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.

Taste; /5

              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!