Sunday, June 8, 2008

MMMM Espresso Soda

I was out and about Saturday doing some errands and stopped in at Giuliano's to get a couple of sandwiches for lunch. Besides great sandwiches, Giuliano's has an interesting selection of soft drinks. Good flavors like wild cherry, grape and orange from some boutique-y companies. Import sodas from Italy. There was even a "Soprano's" soda.
This was my choice: espresso soda. (Dale requested what else...ginger beer.) I have had this brand before, but never had seen it in such a large bottle. It is good, but not as good as my all-time favorite, Bibicaffe.

I was first introduced to Bibicaffe when I was a line cook at the Grand Wailea on Maui. The sous chef would bring in a case for us about once a week. Pretty much the first thing I would do when I came in for my shift was fill my monster thirsty-two-ouncer mug with ice and pour in two bottles of Bibicaffe. MMMmmmm...that gets the gears moving. I could power through my prep and be psyched for service.
The flavor is of course, of espresso, but with a light lemony taste, slightly sweet and slightly carbonated.
I've always been on the lookout for Bibicaffe, but I have only seen it Seattle. (where else, huh?) I'm not that crazy to have it mail-ordered, so this Manhattan Special will be a good substitute.


Wandering Chopsticks said...

Coffee soda with a lemony taste? Huh! Now I'm really curious.

MaryRuth said...

The lemon flavor is very faint. Isn't it traditional to serve a lemon twist with a cup of espresso?
If you ever see Bibicaffe, check it out!

Wandering Chopsticks said...

I'm not an espresso drinker, but whenever I'm with someone who ordered it, I've never seen a lemon twist.

Hong Kongers like adding lemon to Coke, hot and cold. I think that's really where Coke got their idea.

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