Before this, excellent coffee alluded me. I thought all coffees tasted like varying degrees of diluted charcoal water and the only way to make the compound palatable is to mix in an ungodly amount of sugar and flavorings to cover all traces of coffee. Well, no more.
Demitasse’s iced mint Cubano starts with an exceptional coffee. Through the combination of first-rate beans and a strict process of brewing with the correct water temperature and time, the resulting coffee is not bitter and dare I say, delicate?
The brewista then bruises a handful of mint leaves in a cocktail shaker and proceeds to add in the brewed coffee, milk, a little sweetener and a few ice cubes before giving it a good jiggle. The result is a barely-sweet coffee “mojito” that is so refreshing that they should replace the bottles of Corona in the beer commercials with this.
I’ve been to Demitasse several time and as much as I want to venture into unknown pastures, the Cubano draws me in every time. However, for those more adventurous, there’s the Kyoto-style ice coffee, where the beans are brewed with iced water drop-by-drop in fine art worthy contraptions. There’s also a coffee chocolate pairing too if you want to indulge in a tasting.
Either way, I can assure you that charcoal water will not be on the menu.
135 S San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 613-9300