Cafe Virtuoso Review
|April 4, 2013||Posted by liz under California, Drinks, Food Review, Manrique, Restaurant|
Somehow, I completely forgot to share the excellence that is Cafe Virtuoso.
I first visited in the beginning of March and still think their coffees top any others I’ve tried in San Diego.
All of their beans are organic, they roast and grind their own beans, and it’s clear they care about the quality of their coffees. Just read about their sustainability here! That care and attention to detail is apparent in each drink I’ve tried.
During my first visit, I got a dark chocolate mocha with almond(!!) milk.
It was thick and creamy with just the right about of sweetness from the chocolate.
M got a latte with almond syrup and almond milk. His was good but not as good as the mocha.
Yesterday, I was in the neighborhood so I popped in and couldn’t decide if I wanted to try their chai latte (my latest obsession thanks to David Rio) or stick with the dark chocolate mocha.
The girl explained that they could make a chai latte in one of two ways: 1. use a powder (I can’t recall the brand but it was a sugared vanilla powder) or 2. use loose leaf tea. I smelled each and opted for the powder.
She said adding coconut milk to their chai latte was good so I went for it. She was right. So glad I listened to her!
Now that I compare all chai lattes to Olmos Perk’s, could I say Cafe Virtuoso’s is better? No. Virtuoso’s chai is good and I would get it again but it isn’t as good as Olmos’. I appreciate that Virtuoso’s is different with the coconut flavor, but in terms of having a traditional chai, I like the spiciness and creaminess of Olmos’.
M got a mexican mocha and really liked it. When I tasted his drink, I realized the reason why their mochas are so good is because they’re thick, creamy, rich, and sweet but not too sweet. They just have the balance right.
In addition to offering plenty of coffee and tea options, Virtuoso also sells coffee beans, syrups, baked goods, and even t-shirts. A little something for everyone! :-))
If you find yourself in or around Barrio Logan and you’re craving an awesome mocha, head over to Cafe Virtuoso. You will not be disappointed!
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