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Salted Caramel

06 Nov

Last weekend I went to, yup you guessed it, Boston! In Boston I found myself needing a boost of energy after a day of shopping! I had been eyeing the new Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha and went to try one. As the impending winter snow/rain/wind/everything storm was beginning, I sought refuge at the Natick, MA Starbucks across from the Natick Collection. Here is what I thought of the mocha:

Taste: 5

This tasted… just like a regular mocha. Maybe a teeny bit different… I could taste the slightest hint of salt and caramel but only because I knew those flavors were in there. If someone had told me this was a regular mocha latte, I would not have believe that there were any other ingredients in the drink. And come to think of it, I am not sure I would like to drink a salted caramel mocha that predominantly tastes like salt and caramel. Lets save this combination for salted caramel chocolates! This drink was a good dollar more expensive than a regular mocha so I think I’ll stick to my usual order from now on.

Appearance: 4

Look at the pretty swirls! This little bit of effort says to me that someone cares about her job as a barista… or perhaps she is just a bored art student (or both?!) Either way, a little swirl is better than no swirl in my book. I like pretty things 🙂

Store Ambiance: 4

This store was packed with people! I liked how this Starbucks had one very large table with what appeared to be 6 strangers sharing a space. Other than this fun little extra, this Starbucks looked exactly like all of the other Starbucks – dark brown furniture, boring art on the walls, average music selection. It would be great if there was a local guitarist or perhaps a Barista walking around offering samples of drinks and food to people.

    

 
3 Comments

Posted by on November 6, 2011 in Massachusetts

 

3 responses to “Salted Caramel

  1. lcp

    November 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    ouch-no electricity…
    the group table reminds me of durgin park
    in boston with shared tables-hope the waitresses
    are nicer

     
  2. muriel

    November 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Del Mocha Vista,
    Given the fact that ratings are subjective, your choice of number ratings here seem fair. If the taste is average and nothing better, it gets an average score of 5. It makes sense. With all the beautiful designs whipped milk and powdered cocoa or colored sugars can make, a mere average is now really below average and therefore a 4 rating seems fair as well. We first eat and drink with our eyes; I want my mocha to look gorgeous. And if the store ambience is just so so, well another 4 is what this establishment earns. I like the idea of a large table for strangers to gather and hopefully leave un-strangers.
    We await the pictures.
    Thanks

     
  3. The Californian-Americano

    November 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Great idea about the strangers table… While I’m not saying European coffee shops (and Starbucks stores…sorry for the jab, American coffee) are particularly cozy and more drawing for strangers to strike up a discussion, the sit-in mugs are just phenomenal for coffee-lovers to sit and kick back and perHAPS strike up that conversation. If that Starbucks store in Natick had both the tables and the mugs, then they are on the right track.

    In terms of starbucks drink costs, watch out for the Dirty Chai – a chai with espresso to boot. The problem is that it comes with so few shots that you need to double or triple it up, which leads to an inordinate amount of jellybeans for one single drink. Just putting you on notice for an off-blog type of drink.

     

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