When you think of delicious coffee drinks, what sort of places usually cross your mind. At the top of the list is probably the biggest coffee franchise in the world: Starbucks. While Starbucks has its place in the coffee world (I can say this…I used to work for them!), they are a chain and, let’s face it, overpriced and over-roasted. (*GASP!*)
I discovered something recently. Despite having been a barista years ago, I never really took the opportunity to really taste and find a liking for coffee. Until I stumbled into a local place here in the area and was introduced to the perfect espresso pour with the perfect temperature of soy milk and a sugar-free chocolate flavor. It wasn’t just a latte…it was a latté that changed my life and my feelings toward coffee in general.
So, on a recent trip to Columbus, Ohio, my friends and I decided to forgo the usual stop at another (but even more delicious than Starbucks) coffee shop chain, Caribou Coffee, and opted to try a local place out instead. We drove into Gahanna, Ohio and stopped off at Crazy Goat Coffee.
I know what you’re thinking…coffee and goats should not work. But, not to worry my friends…step into the warm interior of this local café and you immediately feel welcome. The barista, a young gentleman, was on his own that Saturday morning and the coffee shop was booming with business. That…is a great sign. We placed our orders…one friend getting the Crazy Irishman (she wasn’t impressed) and the other getting the Crazy Goat Mocha, which means…extra espresso (and she loved it and was over-caffeinated the rest of the day!), and I got the dark chocolate, soy mocha.
Rich…delicious…smooth…and gone way too soon. The dark chocolate syrup really, really complimented the rich soy milk and the delicious roast of espresso used in the mocha. I gave each of my friends a sip and they immediately wished they had ordered that as well. Speaks highly of the drink, I would say.
So, while Crazy Goat satisfied (and caffeinated!) one of us, left one of us wishing we ordered something else, and made my dreamy mocha something I crave almost every morning, it is a local coffee shop with an array of flavors, specialty drinks, bakery items, and even a lunch menu. Stop in for a morning, afternoon, or even an evening pick-me-up. Their signature drinks have fun names and an interesting blend of ingredients that may suit your palate. Or, if nothing else, get the dark chocolate soy mocha. I promise…you will wish you ordered the largest size available.