Travel and taste with me as I tour North America with the circus continuing on my quest for the best mocha latte in the world. Each week will include interviews of really cool people that like coffee, highlights of each town’s local coffee scene, as well as topics of coffee and circus interest…..this just might be the best 40 minutes of your week. — Search for the Best Mocha Latte In the World
What does that have to do with Lakeland? Remember the circus that visited the Lakeland Center last weekend? Well, our coffee shops were being judged by “Circus Boy Nathan.” When Nathan isn’t working at the circus, he searches for his love, Mocha Latte. He’ll visit area coffee shops to find the best mix of chocolate, espresso and whipped creme.
He posts his finding as part of a podcast. He’ll interview guests and feature original music. Lakeland’s downtown coffee shops had a visit from Nathan when he was in town. The reviews start about 22.5 minutes into the Lakeland, FL podcast (opens audio file).
Take a listen to the whole thing though. Nathan’s guest, Pianoman Larry Hunt, first speaks a bit about performing in Norway and life in the circus. Nathan then reviews the mocha latte at Java Breeze, Black and Brew, (Warning: embedded music.) and Mitchell’s. He even ventures down to Bartow where he has a rare experience at Java Jacks Coffeehouse.
Who finished with the most beans on Nathan’s scale? You may be surprised.
Not being a coffee drinker, I didn’t know all the criteria used to judge mocha latte, but coffee drinkers may be familiar with terms like “micro foam.” It’s just boiled beans to me.
The last three minutes was my favorite part of the podcast. Nathan wrapped up with an original instrumental, Lakeside at Lakeland by podcast regular Moddog. Don’t ask me to tell you the genre. Jazz? Electronica?