Gold Stripe’s Cortado
2610 Salem Ave.
The Cortado, which translates to “cut,” as in a double-shot of espresso cut with heated milk, is the perfect way to jumpstart any morning. Over-roasted beans and inexperienced baristas, have given espresso a bad (and bitter) name, but no one knows more about coffee beans than the Montandon brothers, co-owners of Gold Stripe Coffee Roasters. They source their beans directly from farmers and do the roasting themselves, creating one of the freshest and most flavorful drinks around.
Sugar Brown’s Sugar Brown Latte
1947 19th St.
Sugar Brown’s self-titled latte is one of my favorites on the menu. Increasing the milk and foam to espresso ratio of the cortado, this popular drink, with added brown sugar sweetness, is perfect for conversation and relaxation. Sugar Brown’s regularly holds latte art competitions and their baristas all have skill in the art form. Hearts, Rosettas and more, your Instagram game is sure to go up.
Yellow House’s Pour Over
3017 34th St.
My go-to is typically coffee, black. If you’re used to filling your office’s drip coffee with creamer and spoonfuls of sugar, Yellow House’s pour over drinks will blow your mind. Fresh beans, roasted in Texas, are profiled and selectively chosen. We recommend their Ethiopian blend, an heirloom coffee with cantaloupe, lime and floral notes. The best way to get all these flavors is via their V60 or Chemex pour over apparatuses.
J&B’s Masked Rider
2701 26th St.
If you’re looking for a sweet pick-me-up, the Masked Rider is a must. It’s the perfect way to get your caffeine and sweet tooth fix at the same time. With mocha and hazelnut flavor, espresso and ice cream, this milkshake cannot be found anywhere else. We will also recommend an affogato for those who want to keep the ice cream but trade the sugar for more espresso.
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