Tuesday, August 3, 2010

confessions, confections and coffee sessions v.01

Life is like drinking coffee. Sometimes, you want it black, strong enough to keep you all perked up. Sometimes, you prefer to integrate it with cream to make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won't even know you're having coffee. It used to wake you up, now it can put you to sleep. Complicated right? This is my perception of what life is, exactly just like how we want our every cup; it is our preference whether we want it black, sweet, or creamy. Luckily, I happen know an elixir that could have just the right blend of everything - the Starbucks' Caramel Macchiato.

Macchiato is an Italian word which means "marked". It is actually popular among fellow coffee addicts and is usually ordered in two types: either latte macchiato (steamed milk marked with a little espresso) for a milder and smoother coffee or cafe' macchiato (espresso marked with a little milk) for a more robust and stronger feel to your drink. The Starbucks' Caramel Macchiato falls on the first type (i think.. ^_^;) The evidence is with the amount of milk that you're having when you check on the layers of liquids before muddling it up.

Everything in this coffee, whether it is hot or iced is amazing. This is actually one of my favorite coffee creations from Starbucks. Most of the time, I order it iced and have it topped with whipped cream, drizzled with more caramel syrup (learn to customize your drink, that way you'll be able to get what you want, get the right value for your money and love your baristas even more, haha!) I only order it hot on those cold, lonely nights... (haha! just kidding...) Though it contains more milk, for me it is just enough to counter the prominent flavor of the espresso, resulting to a balanced mix of its three main ingredients - freshly steamed milk with creamy vanilla syrup, an intense hit of espresso roast and the buttery caramel drizzle - just all three to complete a perfect coffee experience (oh! add to that its very enticing aroma... ^_^)

A great coffee will not be complete without a perfect pastry. For the caramel macchiato, I prefer to pair it up with the Choco Lava Cake.

This is a warm and rich chocolate cake topped with whipped cream (for other coffee shops they put vanilla ice cream instead, which adds more thrill to this cake) and drizzled with caramel syrup (you can also request to add either more caramel or additional chocolate syrup, heaven!). Dig in and see what it's name stands for. (choco lavaaa!!!)

Coffee is closely connected to our everyday lives. Through time, it has been transformed from an ordinary breakfast drink into different concoctions and concepts that truly reflects our viewpoints about life. So, when your preference tends to be black and bitter, don't forget that the keys to happiness is just within your reach; that you can always grab a cup of milk to lighten up the harshness of your drink. You also have an option of adding more sweetness to it - don't forget to call on your friends to mellow it down and have you reminded that you are always being loved. Its always good to be happy but don't get too laid back for life sometimes is unkind. Having a taste of both sweetness and bitterness can teach you to be eager and tough. Be cool but don't take life for granted. Be tough but don't be emotionally weak. Don't let the darkness eat you or else instead of achieving your dreams while you're awake, you'll just end up dreaming... As for me, life really happens over coffee, so enjoy every sip and take a piece of what life has to offer...

Have a coffee break... share it with your friends and turn minutes into moments ;D


  1. i love the caramel frappe and hot white choco mocha. although im more "suki" of their pastries/cakes and sandwiches :D

  2. thanks for dropping by cookiespink! i like their ciabatta and hungarian sausage sandwich and heaven on earth pastry... ^_^