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!

Chill Treats: Summer Lovin Latte

Summer Lovin Latte from Midtown Coffee
Summer Lovin Latte

Winter feels like it just ended, and we’re safe from Jack Frost for at least a few months. It’s time to find some cravable summer temptations to cool off. This is independent from the list I made a while back that did not include my favorite thing- coffee. Midtown Coffee House, historically has featured some unique drinks like the Strawberry Wedding Cake latte that I posted about on Instagram. Today they had another unique listing- The Summer Lovin Latte.

 

I was intrigued and had to give it a go. The initial scent is mild and inoffensive, I thought I would smell the peanut butter, but it’s not strong enough to smell. Which is great, because peanut butter has never been a favorite of mine. It has a double shot of espresso, that doesn’t taste sharp at all. It’s just enough nuttiness in the flavor to tell it’s there. 

The flavor is unique, to say the least. I pick up the salt over the peanut butter which tones down the rich nuttiness coming from the peanut butter itself. The mocha is hardly noticeable due to the strength of the competing flavors. Midtown mostly uses a medium roast from Rwanda, which would explain the mild body of this particular drink. The drink has a pleasing body that lingers with a receding nutty flavor.

On that note, It’s a touch too nutty for my taste, but the salt does tone that down a fair bit. It’s a fairly mild drink overall, though not for those are either allergic or averse to Peanuts. I’m actually fairly surprised that they were able to quiet down the espresso flavor.

 

Taste; /5

 Certainly not a bad experience, but not one I personally would repeat. Worth a try if you’re looking for something unique to lighten your day. It’s fairly refreshing and mildly flavored, but just not really my thing. 

Hometown Cravings: It’s a Caramelnilla kind of day

City:  Columbus, GA
Stop: Midtown Coffee
Drink: 
Caramelnilla

Hi everyone, guess what time it is? It’s time to revisit the downhome shops that Columbus has in store for us. Since I already revisited Fountain City for this series, I took a moment to return to Midtown Coffee once again, since they struck gold once.

After a moment of indecision, I settled on the Caramelnilla Latte (iced this time, so no art, sadly- no time to relax today). Since I showed you the interior last time, I won’t bore you with those details. And this post will consist of my thoughts and rating for this Latte.

Full disclosure, this isn’t the first time I’ve had this drink, but my second. But I couldn’t very well, write on it unless I have it in front of me. So onto the coffee.

Caramelnilla Coffee in the wild
Had to come up with a good way to illustrate how delicious this drink is!

The coffee, unlike the imitation coffee drinks I’ve sampled, tastes sweet and strong like a good coffee should. It’s got a nice full body and low acidity, and in stark contrast to the aforementioned imposters, the flavor that lingers is the sweetness of the mingling vanilla and caramel.

Overall the drink feels balanced and pleasing. It’s strong without being bitter and sweet without being overly saccharine. Which is quite the achievement. The underlying flavor is a little nutty, which isn’t a bad thing and adds a lovely bit of contrast in its softness.

Taste; 5 out of 5/5

With all of the good qualities in this coffee, I can’t think of any reason not to give it a solid 5/5 rating. Good job, Midtown Coffee!

 

Most Wanted; The month of April!

Hey, guys, it’s JJ again with a new monthly series. You’ve seen my  Hometown Cravings posts and now it’s time to do a quick highlight of the best coffee from the previous month.

Quick note that May is going to mark the debut of a couple series, this one included. I’m planning to start a series with some opinion pieces on coffees you can brew in your home. So, be on the lookout for that! There may be some other ones as well, but I have a lot of ideas for you guys to maintain a steady stream of content! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited!

Back on topic, my favorite coffee for April was a tough choice. I had so many good coffees last month in my Hometown Cravings series. But after some deliberation and being talked out of doing a flat out #1 post, I’ve landed on Midtown Coffee as my favorite coffee of April that you just can’t miss.

Right off the bat, I was incredibly impressed to see the picture in my latte, being as much as a creature of habit as I was previously, I had never strayed away from cold drinks. But not only the artfulness of the presentation, I was taken in by the warm hospitality of the staff. I had been sampling the drink for a while and writing, and in the course of that, it had cooled.

But not for long. The staff was on it to bring it back to temperature when I didn’t even know it was an option.

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Just look how pretty that is. How could I not be totally enamoured?

Service and Art aside, the drink itself was fantastic. A month later and I’m still craving the smoothness and how well the flavors blended together. I’m honestly not exaggerating when I say the flavor was dang close to this chocolate candy that I used to get around the holidays. Talk about a blast from the past.

Guys, seriously. I literally can’t recommend Midtown Coffee enough. If you’re around here, or from here, pay these lovely people a visit, they deserve their spot for the best coffee of April.

 

Hometown Cravings: Give ’em the Ole Razzle Dazzle

City: Columbus, GA
Stop: Midtown Coffee
Drink: Razzle Dazzle

A little out of the way and a fair way down 13th street, (far enough for me to think I somehow went the wrong way) rests another hidden gem. Midtown Coffee sits among various boutiques and restaurants that have trendy balconies and fairy lights. The exterior feels classic and timeless and almost reminds me of a bygone era.

Walking in, the hum of patrons talking and the decor immediately makes this shop feel homey and wholesome. Belle Bottom Jeans feels like it’s where the “cool Christians go for Bible Study” and there are some scripture references and even the Wi-Fi Password supports that sentiment. They have fairy lights hanging from some industrial feeling rafters (?). I’m noticing a trend here of hip industrial-eque establishments. I’m definitely not complaining. The music is more in the interest of ambiance and just is the perfect volume to be a soft background noise.

The handwritten menu signs give it comfortable and unintimidating air, as opposed to places with impersonal and cramped menus.

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This time I did try something new, the Razzle Dazzle, a raspberry mocha. The artful presentation gives it an immediate lead on the instagrameter. But how’s it taste? 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.

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Drinking it, as good as it was, was exceptionally difficult for me as the latte` art is just too cute. I imagine it’ll get easy to just devour the art as we grow, but for now, I just really want to enjoy the dainty and photogenic drink in front of me. Unfortunately, I do have to drink it before it gets cold. I do want to note before I issue my ratings, that the drink itself really reminds me of the Raspberry Dark Chocolate Break-Apart treat. It was a pleasant surprise to see that resemblance because I loved those as a child and even more so now.

Needless to say, I certainly recommend MitownCoffee, on the basis of taste and environment. I do want to add the superb customer service, too. They will steep your tea again and reheat your coffee which was a surprise!

Onto the ratings!

Instagrameter; Te Amo Insta/5
Taste; Ohenrys taste/5

 

-JJ

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