A fair trade cafe connected to a Co-op grocery store? Sounds like a fabulous idea, right? I thought so, until I tried their food and drinks 😦 While in Ann Arbor we stopped in at Cafe’ Verde, a small little cafe connected to the People’s Food Co-op. This place has so much potential – it’s a great concept so all they need are new cooks and new employees and they’ll be great!
Full disclosure: I did not order my regular mocha (no whip, in a ‘for here’ mug). I ordered a spicy mocha, which is a regular mocha but with a hint of Cayenne pepper. Yuck. Sounds better than it tasted. I got a stomach ache and could barely get through half of it! It tasted really sandy and thick. I imagine the quality of their ingredients wasn’t the greatest because their food was tasteless and looked sad. Plus, the barista who created my mocha was comically spaced out and asked for our order at least five times.
Pretty color. Shiny white cup and saucer. Nothing special to it. Come on Cafe Verde you are all talk about local, fair trade, community oriented blah blah blah – if you cared about the community you would make a pretty Spicy Mocha.
Store Ambiance: 3
If you want a sleepy little place to do your grocery shopping and grab a sub par post-shopping snack, Cafe Verde is the place to go. Everyone here seemed very studious and were dressed from head to toe Gap – you’re better than the Gap! The baristas seemed like they were on another planet and were upset that customers interrupted their conversations. Bland food, bland decor, sleepy vibe. Pick it up Cafe Verde!