First it’s bitter, then it’s sweet


Maria Guerrero Hernandez

The iced caramel macchiato from Rachel’s Rose Cottage at Guilford College has a strong coffee flavor with the right amount of sweetness.

Welcome to the Cottage’s Coffee column!

Today I’ll be reviewing the iced caramel macchiato. Let me tell you, this drink was so strong when I first sipped it. If you love coffee, you’re going to love this caffeinated chiller.

I didn’t know what to expect when I got this drink, but I didn’t expect it to be so strong—that was a shock. I normally like my coffee drinks to be a good mixture of coffee and something creamy and sweet to help moderate the strong coffee flavor. 

The iced caramel macchiato had a really intense coffee flavor at first, because they put the two espresso shots in the drink last. But after the initial shock, it actually wasn’t so bad. The espresso eventually mixed well with the caramel and the milk, and it tasted wonderful. It was the perfect balance of coffee and sweetness, and it definitely kept me awake all day long.

If I were to describe this drink as an image, it would be a beautiful summer day at the beach. After getting your iced coffee at a local coffee shop, you find a nice quiet beach with no other people in sight. 

You take your beach towel and just lie on the beach for hours, listening to the soothing sound of the waves as the sea breeze helps cool you down. You take out your book to enjoy a nice peaceful read, and every once in a while you take a few sips of your coffee. 

At the end of the day, when the sun is setting, you take a walk down the beach to enjoy the final view before packing up and heading back home after a wonderful day.

Sweetness: 3/5 sugar cubes 

Caffeination: 5/5 coffee beans