Okay, this isn’t really coffee, but it’s from a coffee shop and I don’t have hot chocolate very often so have no other way to categorise it, so it’s going under coffee.
I have never found a white hot chocolate to match my love for the Blenz White Hot Chocolate – and this was don’t either. No where else makes it with real white chocolate chips, which makes me sad. Powered hot chocolate is just not the same. This was nice, but I probably won’t get it again as I’ve got a light version at home that satisfies my craving as it’s a bit hard to get the real thing.
I also got to complete my coffee cup collection and they ave pride of place on my n=book shelf as a coffee Russian doll display.
November’s coffee was another one that would be too long to put as the post title – Nicaragua Finca La Escondida Washed Catuai.
I really enjoyed this coffee as both a pour over and a french press. I didn’t try it in my espresso machine though. The label describes it as “zesty and zingy” and I would agree. I was surprised I like this one so much, but I think it was the raspberries and caramel flavours I liked most. There sharpness came from the lime flavour I would think and I thought it really added something different that I would not have normally chosen.
I made sure I watched the In My Mug video this month! I love Steven and his enthusiasm for coffee, it is amazing and a pure passion he has been able to turn into a career – my dream!
There is nice segment on the Nicaragua coffee industry. I have to say I didn’t know anything about this country (I didn’t even know for sure where it was and that is bad as an ex geography student!).
It was also interesting again to learn about the farm from where the coffee is from, like the different soils around the farm and therefore the varieties of coffee plant chosen. The Catuai varietal was chosen because is doesn’t grow high, which helps the farm as it’s in a windy area. It’s also a brand new farm, which is rare to see producing good coffees right away, but this one works because of shared experience from other farms.
Life is too short for bad coffee
The last latte form the Costa range this year – The Gingerbread Latte. I admit I’m not a fan of anything gingerbread flavour, but had to try this one to get the mini gingerbread man and the gold sprinkles!
I was surprised how much I liked this one actually. It’s not overly sweet, but I could taste the gingerbread flavour and especially towards the end of the drink. I should have stirred more probably.
Fo some reason I’m actually going off the flavoured lattes and even milky coffees in general. I much prefer a black coffee and I wish we had more coffee shops where you can choose the beans you have or at least brews a selection for you to choose from – what I need is a Peets over here
See golden star sprinkles! They made me feel very festive!
I think this is my new favourite type of latte after a good old plain latte. It also helps it comes in a cute snowman mug
The salted caramel latte is a new drink for this year at Costa and it’s lovely. I first had salted caramel in Seattle last year, so it’s a bit delayed over here, but I’m glad it’s found it’s way across the pond. It’s not as sweet as the normal caramel, and is bit more like burnt caramel than salted. The big difference between this version and the one I had in Seattle was that there was no sea salt sprinkled on the top, which is both weird and lovely to taste. If I get the chance to get another take away one I’ll bring it home and add my own and see if that improves it.
I do love this time of year and all the drinks the coffee shops bring out. I haven’t had chance to go to a Cafe Nero as there is no longer one near where I work. Also Starbucks haven’t brought any new ones worth trying out this year, but I will make sure I get my eggnog one in once. This time of year is expensive for coffee lovers like me!
I’m carrying on with this year’s festive drinks and this week was the Black Forest Hot Chocolate. This drink has been out before so I mainly got it as I want to collect the cups! It’s a very sweet drink, but adding the cherry syrup does add something to a hot chocolate.
The large cup is the Santa! I’m so keeping these as they are fantastic!
Candy canes in the pocket! Love this tar’s cups more than the drinks I think