Preparation: Aero Press
Scores: Scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being excellent
Summary: So far I have been unable to find great coffee or coffee beans in Arizona. I will keep looking, but I am getting the feeling that this town is still mainly a Starbuck town. To me, Starbucks doesn't count.
I did not like the Sidamo coffee roasted at the Village Coffee Roastery. I tried it two different times on two different days and still had the same experience. It is not clear to me if it is the actual beans that I do not care for or if it is the way they are roasted.
The cafe itself was warm and inviting and it had a pleasant buzz. It was busy on this Sunday morning and a man was playing a guitar in the corner of the room. I ordered a Macchiato. It was just ..... OK. The lady who took my order kept asking me if I was sure that is what I wanted. She explained that most people who come in to the Village think a Macchiato is a carmel type latte with whip cream. I kindly let the nice lady know that I was fully aware of what a "true" Macchiato is and that would be exactly what I would like to have.
Unfortunately, it didn't taste great and it didn't have any kind of artistic design. Instead, there was just a blob of milk foam........
On a side note.......I ordered a blueberry muffin and it was outstanding. It was moist and flavorful. Definitely worth stopping by just for that. Actually, all of their pastries looked delicious!!!
Overall score: 3
***The best Macchiatos I have ever had are in Portland, Oregon and Toronto, Canada.
***Macchiato - an espresso shot that's been dotted with a dollop of frothed milk.
*** Ethiopia Sidamo is grown in the Kaffa region in the Sidamo province of Ethiopia, where coffee was first discovered over a thousand years ago.