On the eleventh of September I had spent the afternoon in German Village with my aunt Liz. My aunt picked me up right after my final class of the week, and we headed to German Village for lunch. Over the next four hours I learned so much about my aunt, from how she got the job she has today, to her favorite type of coffee. I did not realize how little I knew about a person I spend time with so often. During my time I also learned about German Village and its history, and I had a chance to see the art that my grandmother is selling in a small shop there. The original residents of German Village were hard working immigrants who lived in well built small homes on the south side of Columbus. These homes and the brick paved streets they stand on have been preserved, and their beauty is still visible today. Liz and I spent part of our afternoon wondering through the streets of German Village, and window shopping. We ended our day with iced mochas from Stauf’s Coffee Roasters. These were exceptional mochas, with the perfect coffee to milk to chocolate ratio, my aunt took one sip, and said it was the best mocha she had ever had. We will definitely return to Stauf’s again.
A month later, on October 11, I went to One Line Coffee with Miss Mallory Wiles, I can be seen here with Mallory’s iced coffee, however my drink of choice was a cappuccino, seen on the right. Unlike other coffee shops I had been to in the past, One Line Coffee cared a lot about my coffee experience, and the barista wanted to make sure that I chose the right drink. I was very happy with my decision, because my coffee not only tasted amazing, but it was also a piece of art. This was only the second time that I had ever had coffee that doubled as a work of art, and I think I will visit One Line Coffee often over the course of the next four years. The atmosphere also made the coffee shop appealing, from the location in the Short North, to the exposed brick and wood floors, One Line is the perfect place to study, or meet up with friends.
The third cafe I visited was Impero Coffee Roasters, this was the best tasting coffee that I had over the course of completing this to do list. I ordered a flat white, my favorite drink at Starbucks, however, Impero’s was far superior. A flat white is made by pouring the micro-foam from whipped whole milk over ristretto shots of espresso, it is my favorite caffeinated beverage because the richness of the espresso is enhanced by the fat in the milk. I prefer flat whites to lattes because the proportion of coffee to milk is higher. The flavors of the coffee and the milk are excellently combined to create an entirely new taste that is both bold and delicate. The coffee at Impero was far superior, but the atmosphere was not as welcoming when compared to the other cafes I visited. Impero had a very modern interior with limited seating, not ideal for meeting up with friends to catch up. Impero is set up to be more of a grab and go coffee shop, where as the other cafes I visited were meant to be an experience. I was also not impressed with the latte art at Impero, seen below. Leaves were the subject of choice every time I ordered a latte type beverage while completing my to do list, however, the art at Impero was not as formal as the art from other cafes.
My next coffee beverage was a cappuccino from Fox in the Snow Cafe, it was unfortunately my least favorite drink. The coffee was a little too bitter for my taste, but the ratio of coffee to milk was perfect. I enjoyed the full bodied taste of the coffee, however, it was a little too strong for my liking. I would still like to return to Fox in the Snow, because their breakfast offerings seem interesting, and they had a large variety of caffeinated beverages. As a coffee lover I am always willing to give a cafe a second chance, and I hope that I will be pleasantly surprised when I return the next time. Another reason I will return to Fox in the Snow is that the atmosphere is lively and inviting. The cafe would be perfect for everything from a date to an afternoon of studying. Part of the cafe can be seen in the photo below, the design is very modern, and the contrast between the white walls and the industrial furniture makes everything seem new.
I finished my to do list at Kafe Kerouac. While there I enjoyed a mocha, the caffinated beverage that started my coffee adoration, and I was reminded of the reasons why this heavenly beverage was my favorite for several years. The combination of milk, coffee, and chocolate was delightful, and it was the perfect drink to warm me up on such a frigid day. I also enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of the cafe, this made the me feel welcomed and comfortable. Kafe Kerouac is not only a cafe, but is also a used bookstore with an eclectic collection of books. Although I enjoyed the atmosphere, and a used my time there to get some studying done, I would have enjoyed my mocha more if it had been slightly less sweet. Unfortunately the amount of chocolate used to make this mocha hid the coffee flavor, and this made me miss the mocha I had at my first stop of the to do list. I think I will likely still return to Kafe Kerouac in the future, because I enjoyed the experience of being there so much. As I said in my post about Fox in the Snow Cafe, I am always willing to give a cafe a second chance.