With the holidays around the corner, it’s normal to want to try a new coffee drink to match the tone of the weather. When it’s freezing cold outside, you might consider a hot chocolate or something warm and caffeinated. As the number of local Houston coffee shops increase year-after-year, there are plenty of cafes for you to get your caffeine fix. These four coffee drinks should be next on your must-try coffee list.
Peppermint Mocha Latte
Nearly any Houston coffee shop can offer a tasty blend of chocolate and peppermint to your lattes. As the days get colder, the need for a delectable blend of espresso, steamed milk topped off with a layer of foam increases. Peppermint mochas are the perfect combinations of sweet chocolate and a mint aftertaste that will make your tastebuds swoon. You can find this chocolatey, minty coffee creation at The Nook Cafe, which is across from the Calhoun Lofts on the University of Houston campus.
If you don’t want to cherish a big mug of latte, then consider having a cortado. Cortados contain equal parts of steamed milk and espresso. Cortados are often referred to as “short lattes” because they come in smaller glasses that could sit perfectly on your palm. The steamed milk in this espresso drink will help reduce the acidity and if you add a dash a cinnamon, and you’ll enjoy a natural sweetness to help immerse you in the holiday spirit. Some noteworthy coffee shops to have a cortado in Houston would be Campesino’s Coffee House or Catalina’s Coffee.
Dirty Soy Chai Tea Latte
Chai lattes are usually equal parts of steamed milk and concentrated chai (each brand differs by each coffeeshop). Even if you’re a whole milk lover, consider substituting your chai latte with soy milk because the combination of soy milk and chai create a delicious flavor balance of creamy and nutty. You can also try making your chai “dirty” by requesting some espresso shots to give you your caffeine fix for the day! And don’t worry, the addition of espresso won’t destroy the sweetness of your chai latte. Visit Blacksmith, Doshi coffee house or Coral Sword to try a dirty soy chai latte.
If you tend to love your coffee with more foam than steamed milk, cappuccinos are the perfect coffee drink for you. With equal parts of steamed milk to frothy, thick foam, cappuccinos are loved by coffee-lovers from around the world. If you sprinkle nutmeg or chocolate powder on top of your cappuccino, you can eat the foam with a spoon, and it will taste like spiced fluffy clouds. Try visiting The Nook Cafe or Inversion to taste a foamy cappuccino. If you want your cappuccino to be extra foamy then ask the barista for a “dry cappuccino.” If you’d rather have your cappuccino have more steamed milk than foam, ask for a “wet cappuccino.”