A quick scan through my social media post and I learned a few things about myself. One I post in three categories. I wrap them up as people, adventures, and coffee. I have noticed a trend in cat pictures, which could bring that to four categories.
Anyways, I not obsessed with coffee just curious. Enter time warp music...back to when I first started drinking coffee. When I finished college classes, I grabbed the first photography job I could. It was a rabid fire, break your back kind of job taking school pictures. I found that waking up at 4am after 6 hours of sleep to lug 80lbs of equipment to a school I never heard of needed caffeine. Lots of caffeine! Since gas stations was the only thing I saw most of the time that is were my selection began.
I started off with the Frappuccino in a bottle and the hot flavored cappuccinos in a cup. Later I learned those hot drinks where really powdered mixes add with hot water. Where was the coffee? So, I was drinking mainly sugar and flavoring. Yes, I knew coffee was black but it was also bitter. Not ready for that yet.
I left the school portrait job and moved into weddings. This is when I was introduced to macchiatos and real cappuccinos. I was hooked! For the last few years I have been learning about ratio's, growing regions, and types of milk just to name a few. If your reading this I would like any coffee tip! We must share!
This spring I took my family on an adventure to Colorado. One of the many things I like to add to my adventure is coffee and other drink samplings. Littleton was our first destination. Although I didn't make it to a coffee shop, I did pick up brands not sold in my home town. Archer Farms Vanilla Creme Brûlée and Pete's Dark blend. I'm a medium roast and my oldest daughter is a dark. I added two scoops of Archer Farms per 6ounces of water in a drip coffee maker. Had a good flavor, but a little soft for me. It had more of a water taste than a coffee. The next time I brewed I added a half scoop of the dark to my two scoops. This baby bear said, "Ahh, just right!"
Have you tried these? If so, please let me know how you drink your coffee!
Estes Park was the last destination and I did take in two coffee shops. The first was Kind Coffee. The selection was amazing and there was food too! Would have like to revisited this place more! I tried the Estes Park Centennial latte and a breakfast buritto. The latte was smooth and warm. Very nice no bitter after taste at all! The burrito was very big and I ended up sharing it with my son.
The Raven's Roast Coffee Lounge was a neat store that sells paper products and is more of a gift store. The coffee selection is very simple with a few cookies and scones to buy. One of the neat extras here is the upstairs. There are books and games spread around the room. Soft chairs, reading areas, and tables fill this small but interesting lounge area. My youngest was not able to get her frappe here so we didn't stay long. I choose a medium blend coffee which you fill yourself. There is cream, a few natural sugars, and flavors available for you to add.
Coffee on the Rocks was the last stop of my adventure and wow! The coffee selection was a happy medium between Kind and The Raven's. They serve anything from teas, smoothies, beer, and wine! You can also stop by for breakfast or lunch. The highlight of this adventure is picking your spot out by the pond where the local birds swim. The river edges around one side of the pond. Listening to the ducks quack and the river flowing while sipping your coffee is a most exellecent way to start the day!
If your ever in Estes Park Colorado, my tip would be to visit the Coffee on the Rocks for a relaxing experience. Stop in The Raven's Roast when it begins to rain on your shopping trip, because it rains every day for a spell. Visit Kind every now and then for the pick me up of the day!
I rounded off my trip with Airport Coffee from LavAzza. Not bad and it did pick me up a bit since I was laid over for a couple of hours.
Cheers To You My Friends!