• Tyrah Dae

The Coffee Klatsch: Ditching Coffee Clichés

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

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Do you have a go-to coffee order? Something you order every time, everywhere, no matter what? Or do you experiment, switch it up, and try something new every so often? If you read my last Coffee Klatsch, you might remember that my old go-to was an iced caramel macchiato with extra caramel (and coconut milk, of course). Quite the mouthful, huh? But once I started working at my current job as a barista, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started exploring new coffee possibilities. In this Coffee Klatsch, I thought I could share some classic coffee drinks with delicious variations to try. Let me know if you end up experimenting and using these ideas by DMing me on Instagram or tweeting me (both @tyrahdae)!

1. Milk Alternatives

It's 2019 and many people have made the switch from cow's milk to different alternatives. You now have many different choices when it comes to the milk in your coffee. Pick your poison - almond, coconut, soy, rice, or oat? My favorites are coconut, oat, and almond (in that order). I've learned that some places carry coconut milks that have been flavored to taste really coconut-y. I prefer the natural coconut milk that just makes drinks sweeter, not like coconut. Oat milk definitely has an oat flavor, but I've found with mochas, vanilla, or honey lattes, they pair really well together! Some almond milks taste, in the way I describe, like mulch or wood chips. But most almond milks I've encountered at coffee shops are really refreshing with a little vanilla syrup and espresso.

2. Syrup Combinations

Don't just restrict yourself to one flavor in your latte - try a tasty combination! I love vanilla and hazelnut together. Some people combine vanilla, orange, and a little white chocolate for an orange creamsicle taste. Others combine a bit of chocolate, hazelnut, and caramel for a sweet turtle flavor. The possibilities are endless when you come up with your own flavors and combinations. Otherwise, if you're really unsure, make it entertaining for your barista by saying, "Surprise me!" They love making coffee - this will make them so happy, like a kid in a candy store. You could give them guidelines, like an iced latte with whatever syrup(s) they choose, and then make it a guessing game when they give you the finished product. Most coffee shops I've been to, and the one I work at, will remake your drink if you don't like it, as long as your nice when asking them to do it. So don't be afraid to experiment!

3. Ask About Their Favorite

Sometimes it's fun to learn what other people's favorite drinks are! Ask the barista you're ordering from what their favorite is - and make sure it's a genuine answer. Some might try to persuade you to buy their latest specialty drink or the priciest coffee they have. Look at the menu for a bit and ask something along the lines of, "I've been wanting to step outside of the box and try something new. What's been your favorite drink lately?" It makes it fun for baristas. I always love socializing with my customers and opening up to them. This is the perfect opportunity to make your daily coffee run a little more exciting!

Those are three ways to change up your go-to coffee order, making your usually typical caffeine experience a little more interesting. Although I've drifted far from my strictly iced caramel macchiato days, I still love to enjoy it once in a while. Just because you're allowing yourself to try new things, doesn't mean you can never have your favorite again! I just love to switch it up, so I thought I'd share easy ways to try it out yourself! If you discover a newly loved drink, let me know by chatting with me on Instagram or Twitter (@tyrahdae).

I hope you enjoyed reading the second Coffee Klatsch!

x, Tyrah

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