There once was a time that I didn’t like coffee. Up until about two years ago, I had never even had more than a sip of the stuff, declaring the taste was always too “bold” for me. I didn’t even know what that meant. Then, a friend suggested that we go to Awake Cafe off of Irving Park in Chicago. We went, and I ordered a seasonal latte, and was hooked. I also spent the bus ride home on the biggest caffeine buzz known to man.
When I moved to Michigan, I began drinking coffee like there was no tomorrow. A pot was started usually before I started work in the morning, and was kept fresh through the entire pasta making session. Espressos were broken out on thirteen hour shift days, or when we had a lot of catering to put out. I began to limit my intake, so I could feel the full effect on the really tough days. Soon, coffee became a favorite treat of mine.
Living in Chicago, I must say that we are spoiled. Chicago has many coffee roasters and a plethora of delicious coffee shops. Metropolis, Dark Matter, and Bow Truss and three of my favorite roasters, all producing a few different types of coffee, and great espressos.
For a nice little treat, try a Mexican Mocha
1 shot of espresso (I recommend Bow Truss’s Hoist)
1 1/2 c hot cocoa
1 t (or more!) of chili powder
Make hot cocoa and espresso, mix together. Add a dash of chili powder, and taste. Keep adding chili powder until you can taste the chili. Now add one more dash.
What’s your tried and true coffee?