2014年11月28日

fruits and flavors


A number of years ago a friend and I were visiting San Francisco, and of course we spent every day sampling as much food as possible! Our first morning there we stopped in a great looking coffee shop for espresso and pastries. I asked for a croissant and a macchiato, (equal parts espresso and steamed milk) – the man behind the counter asked me if I wanted that ‘Starbucks style” – I stared at him blankly and asked him to repeat the question. He gave me a funny look but repeated the question – I was still at a loss for an answer and finally had to admit that I didn’t know what that meant! This apparently was bizarre and he asked me ‘where are you from’ – to which I replied, ‘Montana, we don’t have a Starbucks in my town, I’ve never even been in one’! My answer of course was ‘shocking’ because everyone’s been to Starbucks right? (For the record we’ve had a local Starbucks now for a few years.)

The long and short of it is – ‘Starbuck’s style’ means their caramel macchiato which I find unbearably sweet and lacking in true coffee flavor (see there’s that opinionated side coming out again – someone please stop me)! But, I really think it’s because I first loved my coffee black – no cream, sugar, or flavorings. Tea on the other hand has never been my thing, with chai tea sneaking in only when I’ve reached my coffee limit! Over the last while I’ve been branching out of the coffee world a bit, and I’ve found chai tea to be infinitely compatible with all sort of sweets. It’s flavors are so perfect for all kinds of fruits and flavors!

So all coffee partiality aside, I hope you enjoy this latte – I can’t think of a better way to cozy up on a chilly fall day!  


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