Category Archives: Spill the Beans

Maple Latte at Toykio Gallery & Coffee

A little bit of Canadian flavour is probably the last thing you’d expect in a trendy art gallery, café and shop in the middle of Düsseldorf’s Japanese Quarter. I was expecting whacky, and weirdly wonderful Japanese flavours at Toykio, but I was surprised that their Maple Latte managed to blow my mind!

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Latte Macchiato with Cocoa Paste at Café Zettel’s Traum

Café Zettel’s Traum in Leverkusen-Opladen could easily become my new favourite café! Reading lamps on the tables, shelves full of books and papers, comfy chairs and a sofa – this is a writer’s dream! Good thing then that this is where my NaNoWriMo group meets!

As it is winter, I decided to try a coffee with a twist and I was not disappointed!

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Latte Macchiato at Café Orlando

Café Orlando in Solingen is my dad’s favourite café and I’ve been going there for years for a coffee fix.

There aren’t many tables (3 in the main bar plus a few bar stools) and once the mainly Italian patrons start gambling it can get pretty loud, but the coffee is good and the people friendly and that’s what matters!

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Chai Presso at Bistro Alex

Especially in autumn and winter I love the rich taste of Chai, whether it’s tea or latte. And yes, I do know that in many Eurasian and Western languages, the word “chai” means tea, so Chai Tea is technically a tautology.

When you order a Chai Latte, chances are you will get a normal, steamed milk latte that has been mixed with spiced tea instead of espresso.

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Hazelnut Espresso Affogato at Eiscafé Rialto

Eiscafé Rialto in Solingen, Germany, has been my favourite ice cream parlour for more than a decade.
Recently, owner Vita offered me a new drink from the menu: affogato al caffè, also known as Espresso Affogato. It means: “drowned in coffee” and that’s exactly what it is.

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