Currently Listening To: Nothing But The Beat, David Guetta
I believe I've told y'all before that my very favorite hot beverage of all time is a Malindi Macchiato from Java House in Nairobi, Kenya. (That was back when the blog was a baby and had a readership of about two, so no worries if you missed that part...) But really. I try and have like eighteen Malindi Macchiatos everytime I'm in the country because, well, they are just that good, all delicately spiced and coffeeish and delicious. I'm long lamented the fact that I can't get a Malindi Macchiato on this contient.
Recently, though, I had an epiphany. I'd been hearing about this drink called a dirty chai and seriously wanted to try it but had always been hesitant to order one in case 1) the barista had no idea what I was talking about and 2) I sounded creepy (because, really, just think about asking a barista who has no idea what you're talking about for a dirty chai. Especially paired with a good eyebrow raise.) But then, about two weeks ago, I realized that a dirty chai - a chai latte with an espresso shot - probably is exactly what a Malindi Macchiato is! In America! So I went for it.
And the first one I tried was not all I had hoped and dreamed it would be. Which was a minor setback in my excitement. But, I figured, Americans don't know chai like Kenyans know chai, and even though this particular one was a little gritty and intense, I decided it had potential. And not all coffee shops are alike, so maybe - just maybe - if I started trying chai lattes everywhere, I'd find the one.
So everybody, I've started my quest. So far I've been to Mudhouse, Starbucks and my fave local coffee shop, Para Coffee. And the latter two were successes. But if there's one thing that abounds in Charlottesville it is coffee shops (as well as art galleries and vineyards. I really lead a difficult life.) and I plan on trying them all. And I'll be sure to let you know when I find it.
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