After a while, the body just gets used to the caffeine and the Red Bulls and the 5 Hour Energy and everything else you’re ingesting to study all night or party for a week straight. So you’ve got to look for another solution.
Two guys running a coffee shop in Washington, D.C swear this drink combination has all the fire power of energy drinks but none of the “might possibly be melting my insides.”
There’s caffeine and then there’s the kind of big-time caffeine boost you’ll get from topping off a bottle of Coca-Cola with two shots of espresso. But that’s sort of the point, according to Mike Haft and Harrison Suarez, the owners of Compass Coffee in Washington, D.C., where the drink is served. “It’s for those times when you really need to get stuff done,” says Haft.
Former infantry officers in the U.S. Marine Corps, Haft and Suarez first thought of the idea because, “What’s more American than Coca-Cola?” The answer: “Coke with Compass coffee,” of course. The double-shot of Compass Coffee’s own Emblem Espresso—a blend of Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Sumatran beans—is chocolate-y and nutty enough to counteract the sugary sweetness of the soda. Suarez says they use a medium-dark coffee blend, “but not burnt like the mermaid does it.” The final result: Coffee and soda that’s equal parts icy and bubbly—super refreshing but not too bright.
Well, Coke isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, but in moderation it’s probably not as lethal as Red Bull. That stuff will turn your organs into bubble gum.
If you do end ordering it, just make sure you say “espresso” and not expresso because you’ll sound like a moron. The same moron who says “labtop.”
[via Bon Appetit]