Monday, November 3, 2008

Mocha Monday

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 'Gift From the Sea'


"ah, ambrosia, Nectar of the Gods."
--Chad Warren

I work downtown. This means that from my office door, I am less than a 10-minute walk away from myriad coffee houses, cafes, and local roasters. Coffee is literally in the air here. But each place has its place in my heart for different reasons. Ordering a mocha, however, narrows the field considerably.

Chocolate is one of my favorite things. However, mochas a la Starbucks are too much sugar, too little chocolate for my taste. I don’t order mochas often (expensive! I leave them for a treat.) but when I do I like a richer variety of chocolate. The best option is a 4-block walk from my office door up to Railroad Avenue to Caffe Adagio. Adagio is a posher, yuppie-ish (for Bellingham) coffee and lunch spot. They serve Torrefazione brand coffee, and a bonus is the beautiful latte art in the foam of every cup, even a to-go cup. No Hershey’s syrup here: Belgian ground chocolate is mixed into expertly foamed milk and rich espresso. Ok, drooling is bad for your keyboard. I won’t mention the Avenue Bread cinnamon rolls.

The two runners-up for mochas are Café Avellino on Railroad, and the Daisy Café on Magnolia. Both use ground chocolate also, but Adagio wins with a slight advantage for the pretty flower in the foam. I’m a sucker for presentation!

Adagio is pretty, too, with spacious skylights, good lighting, hanging ivy, wide stone floors, and painted murals. Couches, a fireplace, and tables of the gathering, kitchen, and café variety fill the floor, and a big bookshelf full of great books on travel, art, and even a few volumes on C.S. Lewis and theology hides a kiddie corner with a piano. It’s a quiet atmosphere perfect for studying or meeting people for a quiet conversation. Bonus: free internet access!

2 comments:

Jessi said...

definitely one of my favorites. I don't usually order a mocha here, thought, because doesn't the whipped cream hide the pretty latte foam?

jana.kaye said...

Whipped cream on Mochas is for wimps. Never order it on a mocha. only acceptable on a Pumpkin or Gingerbread Latte, or occasionally on an Americano.