Author: coffeeberries

Algebra Tea House

Today E and I visited Algebra Tea House near Little Italy on Murray Hill. I got the Tanzanian dark roast and E got their Raspberry Black Tea.

Tanzanian Dark Roast in E's coffee mug!

Tanzanian Dark Roast in E’s coffee mug!

E wanted to try something new and she had never had fruit flavored tea before.

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Algebra’s tea menu (above).

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Arabica Coffee House

Last weekend C and I went to Arabica Coffee House in North Ridgeville on Center Ridge Rd. It was a great outside- one of the first that hadn’t been freezing temperatures- and so we went and drank our caffeine in the sun 🙂

Welcome to Arabica Coffee House in N. Ridgeville!

Welcome to Arabica Coffee House in N. Ridgeville!

C and I both got mocha drinks, but I added a little twist: a caramel apple espresso shot! It was so delicious and C was jealous she hadn’t thought of it first. It added just the right amount of fruity flavor from the apple flavor, and we all know caramel and coffee go great together.

Sitting outside with our mocha at Arabica Coffee House.

Sitting outside with our mocha at Arabica Coffee House.

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Coffee Beanery

I went to the Coffee Beanery with G and S.  It is right at the entrance of Midway Mall in Elyria, a nice little coffee station near the kids’ play center.

They had some specialty drink promotions so I decided to go ahead and try the Turtle Mocha- basically chocolate coffee, the world’s best combination of flavors! I got it blended with ice for a nice cold drink. It was very sweet but didn’t have enough of a coffee flavor for my taste. I really like chocolate with my coffee so I enjoyed the chocolate drizzled on top of the whipped cream.

My Turtle Mocha and G's Cafe Caramel from Coffee Beanery!

My Turtle Mocha and G’s Cafe Caramel from Coffee Beanery!

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Mochi at Noodlecat

Mochi Ice Cream

Cleveland Restaurant Week is one of Cleveland’s fun annual traditions. Various restaurants downtown provide special lunch and dinner menus for a discounted price. We went to Noodlecat on Euclid and tried the lunch menu.

More importantly, we tried coffee and green tea flavored mochi ice cream for dessert. Mochi is ice cream wrapped in rice-flour dough (read about more fun flavors at Mochi Ice Cream here).

Coffee mochi from Noodlecat.

Coffee mochi from Noodlecat.

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Hey west side-rs! I paid a visit to Peet’s Coffee & Tea in Avon over the weekend. There’s been a lot of talk surrounding Peet’s “takeover” after Caribou closing its shops all across Ohio, so I decided to get a cup of coffee there after work with an old friend, C.

The inside layout was pretty much the same as I remembered from Caribou, although both C and I liked the lighter color palette of wall color and table tops better. Peet’s offers hand selected teas and hand roasted coffee. I tried the daily coffee special: a dark roast Gaurda blend and C tried an iced coffee. C loved her drink, and my drink was delicious too- I loved the subtle nutty flavor and the rich aroma. Perfect after a long day at work!  Check out their  yummy description of the Garuda blend here.

My drink- dark roast Garuda Blend, and C's drink- iced decaf coffee.

My drink- dark roast Garuda Blend, and C’s drink- iced decaf coffee.

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Coffee Roasts Explained

When roasting coffee beans the primary goal is to get the green coffee beans to change color to that dark rich color we all know and love, as well as start the chemical reactions that give coffee its characteristic aroma and flavor.

Contrary to initial guess (I always though darker roasts meant more caffeine and a more potent taste) lighter roasted coffee beans are more acidic and have a higher caffeine content. Dark roasts are less sharp in flavor and also contain less caffeine.

A couple common roasts are: American/Light roast- most common for the Eastern US; often used in professional coffee tasting. City/Medium roast- most common for Western US. French/Espresso- color is dark brown and have less acidity. Spanish roast- darkest roast available, with a “burned” flavor.

http://coffeetea.about.com goes into more detail about each type of roast.

Coffee and oranges have the same amount of antioxidants.

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Define: Chai

What you say: “I love chai tea!”

What I hear: “I love tea tea!”

That’s because chai means tea in Hindi (cha/chai derivatives mean tea in Portuguese, Greek, Czech, and other languages). Tea/chai originated in China and spread around the world with two different names: chai and tea. These names are derivatives of what the Chinese called our beloved hot drink: te and ch. Traders going to Europe stuck with the te derivation (which became tea) and traders going to India, Russia, Persia, etc) called it chai (derived from ch).

Chai, or spicy Indian tea.

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