As the number of consumers who drink coffee increases, operators are going beyond the traditional cup of joe, menuing the beverage—and its flavor—in a variety of styles. Here are four ways concepts are taking coffee to the next level.
1. Coffee ‘caviar’
Operators are using a unique take on caviar to add a burst of coffee flavor to everything from ice cream to cheesecake. The “caviar” is made by dropping coffee mixed with other ingredients to create small balls. Oiistar, a Japanese restaurant in Chicago, uses coffee caviar to top its creme brulee.
3. Coffee-flavored bagel
Einstein Bros. Bagels in May rolled out an Espresso Buzz Bagel as part of its limited-time Boosted Bagels menu. Each Espresso Buzz Bagel contains 32 milligrams of caffeine. Customers can choose to upgrade the item into a bagel sandwich made with brown sugar bacon, eggs and cheese.
4. Frozen s’more
XO Marshmallow, a new marshmallow cafe in Chicago, cools off a classic campfire treat with its frozen s’more drink. The icy beverage is made with cold-brew coffee, cocoa, toasted marshmallow, chocolate drizzle and graham cracker crumbs.
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