While on vacation in Honolulu, HI, I decided to stop by Kona Coffee Purveyors at the International Market Place. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not very big on coffee, but over the past year, I have acquired a taste for different blends and types of coffee thanks to the amazing blogging of #esspressotrips and #sweetsations. I contacted Lady Dalton and requested to be a guest blogger due to my trip and wanted to share my experience.
Let me begin by saying, that upon walking into Kona Coffee the selections were too many to choose from, so I chose the basic Croissant and for my drink I decided to try something new. I purchased the Kona Nitro, a carbonated cold coffee brew. I was skeptical at first and nervous about the first sip. OMG, it was so smooth going down even before I decided to add a little cream. I am not a fan of black coffee but THIS I would drink BLACK and be HAPPY (and pumped from the caffeine).
Now, I do not want to forget about the croissant, it was so soft, fluffy, light and buttery. Better than any other croissant I have ever had!! I had the pleasure of joining a friend for this trip to Kona and she introduced me to what is called the Black Sesame Kouign Amannn. The Kouign Amann was sweet and perfectly textured. My pallet was pleased and I began to dance while enjoying just a small portion of the perfectly flavored pastry. Trying new things, is not me, but this trip to Kona was worth every part of my new tasting adventure. The pastries were made by b. Patisserie, a company that has partnered with Kona Coffee Purveyors. Good job in developing this partnership!
If you visit Hawaii, please be sure to stop by Kona Coffee Purveyors! I promise that you will not be disappointed regardless of what you order!!
On a leisurely walk through Old Town Scottsdale (looking for coffee), I became captivated by the beautiful flowers pictured above. All of a sudden a lady came through these rod iron gates with what looked to be an iced coffee beverage in her hand. I curiously asked, “Where did you get that coffee? I am looking for a coffee house” She replied, “right through those gates.” I counted it as a blessing and moved through the gates quickly. What I found was nothing short of beautiful. It was a courtyard; a sanctuary of sorts. It was filled with more flowers and a lovely fountain with beautiful seating for all to enjoy. The excitement I felt was overwhelming because I knew a great coffee treat would be on the other side!
(photo credit: yelp.com)
So, with great expectation I perused the menu and spoke with the barista regarding iced beverages. I decided to order the cold brew, lightly sweetened with agave and a splash of half and half. My, my, my, it was amazing! Perfectly brewed. Perfectly balanced. Perfectly smooth!
My experience here was extraordinary. If you are ever in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, check out Schmooze in Old Town Scottsdale. It was one of the best coffee venues I have visited.
Late for the Train is a coffee house located in Flagstaff, AZ. My family and I went to the Fort Valley location, which appears to be a converted gas station. Pretty unique indeed. The owner; David Dobrick and his team are “dedicated to creating a mountain fresh difference by combining coffee sourced from unique soils, micro-climates, cultivars, and growers’ skills”. I am happy to be the beneficiary of this dedication:)
In addition to roasting their own beans, Late for the train has a wide variety of coffee and tea beverages, and food offerings. Which includes locally sourced cookies, pastries and sandwiches. We shared chocolate chip cookies, zucchini bread and a chocolate danish. All were really good.
My husband had the COCONINO MOCHA, which is an iced beverage made with their signature cold brew and homemade chocolate sauce. I had a half sweet, iced Black and White with an extra shot of espresso. Both where really good but my favorite was the Black and White. In fact, it was the best one I have had!!
If you are in the area, be sure to give this place a try (www.lateforthetrain.com). It is the perfect midway point from the Grand Canyon to Phoenix.