I fear change. It doesn’t come easy to me. However if presented with an opportunity to reach out of my comfort zone, I might dip a careful toe into the unknown and thus far, it’s been in the form of the Turkish latte from Kéan Coffee.
My usual choices at any coffee house are the mocha or the vanilla. Sounds boring but I know I can trust those two flavors and my money won’t be wasted unless they royally screw it up. I almost ordered the standard fare again until I noticed the Turkish contained Cardamon. *Insert dazed dream like state* Does that menu board really say Cardamon? It was calling to my Indian roots but why was it associated with the Turkish? Oh well. I instantly decided this drink had to be tried so I jumped in feet first expecting the worst (coffee and Cardamon, really?)
The blend of black tea, coffee, cane syrup, and the aromatic spice Cardamon was a thrill seeker for my taste buds. Espresso shots are a huge hit at Kéan vs any other coffee shop and the Turkish will definitely lift the fog from your brain. I love picking up my porcelain cup from the coffee counter. The barista artfully decorates each cup displaying their talents, dusts the top of the foam with another helping of Cardamon, and hands it off to me with a smile. The smell carries me back home and brings forth wonderful memories of masala chai tea and creates quite the endorphin rush. I can’t recall feeling like that at the industrial power house Starbucks.
At their Newport Beach location, I had the pleasure of meeting Martin Diedrich himself (the owner of Kéan Coffee). He briefly explained his coffee ritual. It delights me that Kéan pays careful attention to their beans and only store coffee for 5 days on their shelves. You will always be guaranteed a fresh brew.
Aside from my favored Turkish, I prefer the Honey Vanilla Latte and the Grasshopper. Mmm.. 🙂
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