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!

Winter Wishes: Midtown’s Peppermint Mocha

 Is it getting cold, or is it just me? The temperature is dropping and prompting us here at Java and Jeans to don our winter wear and start enjoying hotter options to warm our frozen hands. For the last couple months, I’ve been wishing it would get colder, and my wish has been granted. But, truth be told, winter is just getting underway. To save you the trouble of seeking favorable warm drinks in this upcoming Winter Wonderland, I’ve decided to share my findings with you! My first treat of the season, I ducked into Midtown Coffee House, the winner of my Most Wanted distinction in April. 

They recommended either the razzle dazzle, or a peppermint mocha. I want to preface this with the fact that I am a fiend for some peppermint mocha. All year long I lie in wait for one of my favorite seasonal drinks to return. I’m on the lookout for some unique selections this season, but since I hadn’t written on this one before- I figured why not!

 

When they sat it down in front of me, I was so excited that I picked it up and immediately burnt my hand on the cup. After giving it it’s space for a few more minutes, I could at least take a sip and guys- it’s fantastic.

The scent reminds me of dark chocolate, sweet and rich. Much like their spectacular razzle dazzle, their Peppermint Mocha is so unbelievably smooth. The peppermint is but a whisper over the chocolate that lingers on my tongue. 

It has a hint bite to it, but not an overbearing amount. The drink is invigorating with peppermint backing up the warm mocha with a refreshing hint of coolness. This choice is for people who enjoy a nice, risk-free beverage experience. It’s pleasantly mild, with a rich aftertaste that mimics the scent. This is one drink that I can confidently say tastes almost exactly like it smells.

If you’re here from out of town, or have been here for years, I can’t recommend Midtown Coffee House enough. They consistently exceed my expectations and give just the most fantastic service. They deserve all of the the appreciation they can get for serving up such delicious treats!

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taste; /5

I have nothing bad to say about this drink! There goes Midtown Coffee blowing me away again!

My take on Snow White in the 1950s

  Guys. GUYS! I’m so excited, I’ve been looking forward to our first Halloween together since the first month this blog got off the ground! Today I’d like to focus more on the enjoyment of Halloween than making a big splash, because I know you guys are probably out having a ball. I may have blown my cover a little bit on the first post in this series. I got super excited about Snow White. Before we get to that, quick announcement:

    On November 8th I’m going to be tweeting up a storm at a ritzy Fashion Show, so be sure to follow us on twitter over there on the sidebar. You’ll see the wonderful festivities there first! With that in mind, I’m taking today fairly easy, fashionwise. 

   I decided to work off of the aforementioned first post in this series and borrow that Snow White idea. I just had to do a different decade with it, and I’m obsessed with the 50s… So, obviously, I had to take that route! After a couple of roadblocks, I literally almost gave up my 1950s Snow White idea, but I’m so thankful for the great deals I landed that made this happen!

 


     I found a super cute rockabilly dress on dresshead.com, and immediately thought that it might work. I just needed a cardigan, and luck was with me! The perfect cardigan was waiting for me at Clothes Mentor! It would have been perfect with an iron on patch, but I was unable to find one that I liked. A little down, but not to be thwarted, I put together this costume with some more help from Clothes Mentor, where I found those heels in the perfect red. The best part is that the shoes are actually a style that was worn in the 50s, and I think they’d suit Snow White just fine! Besides, I had to get red from somewhere!

    This costume walked that line between obvious costume and everyday-wear. In fact, I can see myself wearing this in the future when I just want to feel cute. It’s nicely toned down and appropriate for just wearing whenever! Guys, I have to admit, I had so much fun putting this costume together and wearing it! I had a petticoat just lying around and gathered the accessories that you can see below! I was so proud to be recognized as Snow White without my prompting. It just feels so cool to dress up and be recognized as the character, doesn’t it?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I made a little collage to showcase some of the accesories! . . #halloween2018 #details #acsessories #jewelry #costume #columbusga

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     I made a little collage, if you follow it over to Instagram, you can check out the jewelry store that supplied my broach and pearls! I want to apologize to the vendor that provided my gorgeous ring, I misplaced the card somehow. The moment I find it, I’m going to add a link here and on the post!

    I tried to veer more towards a 50’s thing for the makeup- I kept the eyes simple, and threw on a red lip. Of course, since they’re my Holy Grail lash right now, I added my Eylure Accents #005 to add to that really dark lash look that Snow White had in the fairy tale. I think if I could do it differently, I would have gotten a brighter blush rather than my usual peach. I do think it came out well though! You can also check out the makeup look in that collage above and on the FOTD archive over on instagram.

     I was hoping to find some festivities in town tonight to tell you about here, but as it is Wednesday… there wasn’t really anything. So I did retire home early.

    I hope you guys enjoyed our first Halloween together, I know I had loads of fun! Let me know in the comments what you’d like to see next year! I’m totally open to suggestions, or shoot an email to contact@javaandjeans.com!

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!

 

Fourth of July Coffee Chaos!

 Hey guys, welcome to a very special and timely Fourth of July post! Over the past week or so, I’ve been posting to Instagram a few different tries at a Fourth of July Frappe. Not going to lie, it didn’t come out as intended. I had loads of fun trying to figure out how to get my layers right, and balancing the coffee flavor in with a recipe I found. The initial recipe didn’t include coffee, but I was determined. I took it a step further and made espresso with my handy dandy espresso machine. 

I want to let you guys in on my initial idea. I found the recipe here, and as you can see it doesn’t require coffee. My plan was similar to this recipe, but to add coffee and food coloring. I wanted, initially Raspberry flavored red whipped cream and blue and white coffee. I ended up scrapping the red flavored topping in favor of sprinkles and using red and blue in the mixture.

This first attempt didn’t have coffee and so was perfectly white aside from the funfetti. I sort of liked it, but couldn’t commit because, in my head, can I really call it coffee if it doesn’t have coffee in it? I had tried to get the red and blue in the whipped cream, but wasn’t sure how to go about it. It was a mess. A delicious mess. My fourth of July preparations could definitely have started a little better.

This second attempt went a little better, I added about 6 ounces of coffee to it which was enough to throw off the color. Dang. So I decided to get the blue and red from the beverage itself and rely on the cream for white. I split the mixture and dyed it separately, I poured the blue on the bottom. I really wanted the red to touch the whipped cream, but of course, it couldn’t cooperate. The red went beneath the blue and made this neat tie-die effect. 

This third one, was when I recruited outside help and brought my Fiance` in to see if we could work some magic. Spoiler: We couldn’t. I think the issue here started when I blended the ice too finely and messed up the texture. We may have spent a while trying to get the blue and red to different densities with cream and sugar. We poured the blue on the bottom, as it was meant to be the heaviest (and sweetest!). We started pouring in the red at an angle, and it made a cool side-by-side effect. It was supposed to be on top but, I believed it was salvageable. I feel like the downfall here was that we waited entirely too long, and spent too long trying to add sugar and cream, while the ice was already so fine. 

 

This fourth one was the attempt of my Fiance` on his own. He did much differently than I did, and went with just a latte sort of drink. I didn’t monitor him as he made this, because I wasn’t fully aware of what he was doing. He did tell me that he stuck the blue in the freezer alone for a while, just to make sure it stayed where it belonged. Here’s the photo of his valiant attempt, along with an all-american dinner (or part of it!) and a 4th of July Instagram Staple.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to get this frappe to do what I wanted it to for over 2 weeks, and had these previous pictures as my results. Kind of disappointed in my own inability to get ice to bend to my will, but not too upset. It was a learning experience and I look forward to learning and creating my own drinks. 

As mentioned, here’s the recipe for the first two attempts!

Fourth of July Frappe Recipe

6 to 8 oz of milk

1 tbsp of vanilla non-dairy creamer

1 or 2 tablespoons of vanilla syrup

3 tbsp of funfetti cake mix (dry)

1.5 cups of ice

6 to 8 oz of coffee (espresso if you’re feeling brave)

 

Throw all of the ingredients above in the blender, I haven’t found that the order matters. After a few seconds of blending (barista’s choice!) pour it into your cup. If you want to dye your drink more than one color, separate the mixture into different cups and dye it, then combine it at the end.

Add whipped cream to the top, if desired and any other aesthetic touches. Then you’re good to go!

The Domestic Rebel’s recipe calls for a handful of ice, I recommend 1.5 cups if you want more of a Venti size drink. I’ll be trying to revisit this drink next year with fresh eyes and experience.

Keep an eye out for future m̶i̶s̶h̶a̶p̶s̶  experiments. I hope to explore making home coffees a bit more and gain valuable experience for my future reviews.