I like cafe. I like espresso. There are many chains here in Los Angeles. The usual stuff I am sure you all have in your neck of the woods.
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf? Check.
Peet’s Coffee and Tea? Check.
Seattle’s Best (usually inside of a Borders around here)? Check.
Rosy’s Bakery and Cuban Cafe? Check. (Okay, I snuck that one in because…well…you’ll see).
Starbucks, is well, everywhere. There are 4 within a mile of each other in my little corner of L.A. I was in San Francisco and they are literally a block away from each other. Seattle? Well, that is its home. In Seattle, like in your own home, there is a Starbucks in the kitchen, the hall closet, the garage, the basement, the bedroom and in the bathroom. It’s almost like a roommate that won’t leave you alone to entertain your “guest” on those special nights.
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf serves a much better espresso than Starbucks. Starbucks tends to be over-roasted. CB&TL has it pretty good. Strong and Bold, with just enough of that bitterness but not overwhelming.
Peet’s is just okay. Take it or leave it, there are better.
Kelly’s? Skip it for espresso. Seriously.
Seattle’s Best is probably the best of the “big guys”. It is the perfect blend of strong, bold, creamy, and bitter. The perfect blend. This was my go to place. It was until the clown showed up.
McD’s is now serving espresso. Now, I am not totally surprised. This was going on in Europe for years. We were in London in 2005. And there, inside the McDonald’s was a “Cafe”. It was cool. It had its own “space” within the “space”. The espresso’s were well made, but not PERFECT. I thought, eventually the US McDonald’s will figure this out. It’s 2009. What the hell took so long?
RANT: US McD stopped serving FRIED apple pies and switched to BAKED apple pies. If you are old enough to remember…those USED to be FRIED! I guess in 2007 the dream came to an end for me. London no longer sold FRIED apple pies. Neither did ITALY. McD’s Europe went CALIFORNIA! WTF!?!?
Okay, sorry. I had to vent.
Back to the espresso.
If you have been living under a rock or don’t drive/ride/walk past a McD’s on your way ANYWHERE then you will know that McD’s has introduced Iced Coffees a while ago. I don’t drink them, but I heard they were pretty good. Recently, McD’s opened a select few McCafe’s in direct competition with Starbucks (SB).
Starbucks, you have been warned. My millions of reads will soon flock, run, ride, drive thru, skip from the Green Mermaid to the old trusty Clown.
If you are into the Iced Coffee drinks or Lattes or Vanilla whatevers…Find Your Nearest McCafe Now! (You will have to search in your area using the almighty one).
There you have it. Order an espresso. Order a cappuccino. Order a Latte. YOU. WILL. NOT. BE. DISAPPOINTED.
Oh yeah, Rosy’s. Well, Rosy’s serves up the most consistent shots of espresso. Period. They use the best cafe in the world. It’s made by Gavina. You may know this brand as Don Francisco or La Llave. There is no better cafe/coffee in the world. Trust me. There isn’t. Stop looking. Seriously.
I said STOP.
Now, I think, the Clown is using a brand of cafe/coffee I quite like…is it? Could it possibly be? IS IT?
Taste it for yourself. You will never visit a mermaid again.
Unless she looks like Daryl Hannah.