Hometown Cravings; Gotta Catch’em all!

Hometown Cravings; Gotta Catch’em all!

       Hey guys, I know, I’m back to my old delay-in-posting behavior. I’m sorry- I’ll hopefully be able to make it up to you guys with some upcoming content. I did not, in fact, think of anything good for the Fourth and due to my joblessness I had no drive. But, I’m happy (kind of) to announce, that I’m once more a functioning member of society. I found a job… unfortunately an hour away, but hopefully it will put me in an area to gather content before I go in for my shift, which begins at 3 PM EST. 

     This post comes really late to the game, evidently, Starbucks has been doing a Pokemon Go Frappucino but its not really been on the menu. I had no idea it existed, but I did finally wake up and try it! Nothing about this drink screams Pokemon to me. You’d think it would… make sense? I might actually take it on myself to make a Pokemon Frappe that makes sense, I have a few ideas. I might try to bring back my experimental Homebrews stuff from its slumber.

Pokemon Frapp

 

       Is it just me? Does that say Pokemon to you? What it is, is basically a Vanilly Frapp with Blackberries and Chia Seeds. You may remember the Chia seeds from the Witches’ Brew, at the time I thought they were Slimy yet satisfying and even now I kind of like their strange, foreign texture. It’s a really interesting surprise when you get a sip and a few seeds mingle in with the creamy consistency. This drink was pretty much exactly what I expected going in. Even though it’s a bright shade of purple, that’s the only sort of unique thing it has going for it. 

      That’s not to say it’s not good- it is. If you like berries and cream.  It’s made with a cream base, so cannot be considered coffee. If you have children or young family members who like pokemon and enjoy a super sweet treat now and again, I would recommend this. Realistically, it’s unremarkable and more dessert than an actual pick-me-up. As expected the flavors are complementary and taste pretty great together. 

Let’s go ahead and move on to the rating, shall we? 

Taste; /5

Because I can be considered a literal child where my tastes are concerned, this gets a 4.5. Half a cup was deducted just because of the pretty blah nature of the drink. For what it is, it’s delicious. A berry milkshake, essentially and I can’t really say anything too bad about it. It tasted good, it was cold, what more can I ask for?

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; 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.

Milk Tea and Cereal? It Makes More Sense Than You Think.

Milk Tea and Cereal? It Makes More Sense Than You Think.

Who doesn’t love cereal? It has always been an important and irreplaceable part of my diet… more so than even coffee. Fountain city has given me an excuse to merge two of my favorite things, with a twist. I visited them on #trysomethingnewtuesday, in the mood to, well, try something new. The barista gave me his personal recommendation and followed it up with the two new unique options that I try below!
 
Taro and Pops
The K-Pop Freeze in the Wild

If you follow on Instagram, you may have seen mention of the Taro bubble tea that tastes like cookies. Well, turns out, it goes great with Pops cereal, and the birthday cake Cookie Crisp. Whoever came up with this idea was absolutely inspired. These flavors work so well together- the sweet, yet somehow earthy, Taro just works with cereal. I’d like to try a Frosted flake variant, actually.

 
This freezer may blow the heath out of the water as my favorite choice from them. The caramel is mellow alongside the noticeably distinct flavor of the Pops. Not going to lie, I LOVE Pops cereal and always have. The flavor has always been so great for the times when I want just a hint of sweetness. The Taro adds a certain richness to this Freezer that’s a touch decadent and definitely more than a little filling. 
 
I used nonfat milk and luckily, it doesn’t detract from the flavor. The K-Pop is like drinking milk and cereal. I love it. I definitely recommend this for those who are young at heart or are just hardcore cereal lovers. If you grew up eating Pops Corn cereal and like nostalgia, look no further! 
 
Taro and Cooki Crisp
The Birthday Cake Freezer- AKA Sugar Cookie Freezer

I was going to do a whole second post, but honestly, it would be redundant. The Birthday Cake Freeze was similarly sweet, but not overpowering. My first taste of this one was pretty much all Taro, so I definitely recommend a brisk stirring before you enjoy this beverage! I sloshed it like a fine wine and tried again- the next try was much more cereal and milk, than Taro.

 
It (of course) quite reminds me of the K-Pop Freeze, I imagine due to the Taro in both of them. That’s not to say this one isn’t distinctive in its own way. It does lack caramel, so doesn’t mimic its partner. If I didn’t know it was Birthday Cake flavored, I’d probably think it was Sugar Cookie. That’s not a bad thing, either, I absolutely love sugar cookies. 
 
If you twisted my arm and told me to say something, not in a rave review of these drinks- I’d have to pick the really played-down color. Taro is purple, and these drinks are barely colored by it. It’s more of an aesthetic gripe than anything else. I’m all about unusually colored drinks and such, so I was hyped to try these.
 
 
 

K-Pop Freezer Taste; /5

   This Iconic and inventive nostalgia-trip deserves no less than 5/5 for flavor and bonus points for creativity. I have never seen, heard, or thought of anything like this. I can’t wait to see what the awesome folks over at Fountain City Coffee come up with next!

Birthday Cake FreezerTaste; /5

This one, while fantastic, was not completely identifiable as Birthday Cake. It didn’t really stand on it’s own as a unique drink next to its partner. It did taste much more like Sugar Cookies than anything else, which still made me really happy.

 

If you’re local to the Columbus, Georgia area be sure to drop by Fountain City Coffee to try these before they’re gone!