Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Black Tie - Vietnamese Inspired Coffee


Getting coffee right after my 6 o'clock Pilates class is part of my morning routine. I usually like mine black with no cream or sweetener. And every now and then, I'd get a mocha or a latte. Very straightforward. Nothing fancy. You'd never hear me order something obnoxious like "a half-caff, half-sweet, soy, macadamia Macchiato with caramel, extra hot, 2% foam." Triggering a barista's urge to murder is one of the last things I'd like to do. But anyway, today I decided to be a bit more adventurous with my coffee. I went to Peet's and ordered "the Black Tie," which is Vietnamese-inspired (according to a lady who works there), made with regular iced coffee, chicory syrup, half-and-half and condensed milk.

At first glance, I thought the drink looked somewhat intriguing with a thick layer of condensed milk on the bottom and a good amount of half-and-half floating on top. I gave it a thorough stir and took a sip. Well, the Black Tie turned out to be a lot like Thai iced coffee I grew up drinking in Thailand. (I guess putting condensed milk in coffee might be a Southeast-Asian thing.) Super sweet, creamy and a little nutty (from the chicory syrup), not a strong coffee by any means. Drinking this, you'd get energy from sugar rather than caffeine. So yeah, something I thought would be new to me ended up being incredibly familiar. Maybe tomorrow I'll order something I've never tried before again....but probably not a half-caff, half-sweet, soy, macadamia Macchiato with caramel, extra hot, 2% foam.

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