Hit The Cafe

Exam week can be stressful and hard to focus on your studies. We all need some motivation to not procrastinate because exam is usually the only assignments that determines if you failed the class or not.

We sure do not want to see that big fat F on our report card. Most of us would lock ourselves in our boring room where you just want to flip your whole room upside down. That bedroom is a suffocating and sometimes can feel a little depressing always locking yourself in the room during exam. Here is the best cafes that is optimal for studying during your exam or if you need to get assignments done without dying in your room.

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Joe Muggs: Sometimes being surrounded by books will give you the motivation of wanting to start working on your studies. This cafe is located in Books A Million (BAM). It is a book store by the Maine Mall.

Before I begin my studies there I would walk around and find a self help book and read couple of pages that would bring up my mood to hit the books. In this case hit the cafe. Joe Muggs drinks are always changing by the season or the holiday. There is always a new drink to try.

Some cafe does not offer wifi. Sometimes the internet is needed while studying. Joe Muggs does have wifi, but to access it you would have to login through your Facebook account. If you are a member of Books A Million then your card number is what you need to sign in to the wifi. The environment is more chill and open, but coming during the evening is more of a quiet time. You’ll also find many other college students, teachers, business people at Joe Muggs doing their work. Which is also a great motivation when you are surrounded by other people working hard.

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The most unique drink offered is the Candy Blast Frappe. It is similar to a Reese’s ice cream in a cup. Frappes are a type of frozen beverage blended with ice and other various ingredients.

You can have the option of a whipped cream topping, but what is a frappe without whipped cream! Might as well add the extra sweetness to the Candy Blast Frappe for a more flavorful dink. It is considered a summer drink. Therefore it is no longer listed on the holiday menu. Only the regulars still know they exist throughout the seasons.

A cold drink might not be a great time for this breezy winter. Mint hot chocolate is beyond amazing at Joe Muggs. If you have a sweet tooth and are not a fan of thick cocoa, then their hot chocolate is the one for you.

Personally, this is my favorite hot cocoa. It tastes like it was home made. When your drink is made, you will find a surprise delicious chocolate placed on top of the whipped cream.

They make the temperature just right to drink. There will be no burning on the tongue or too cold/warm that it is unpalatable to drink. Once you reach the last couple sips of the hot chocolate you will find the leftover chocolate at the bottom of the cup; which make it an astonishing finale to your drink.

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It’s called Sip of Europe

Do you ever imagine yourself in France, Spain, Italy, or any country in Europe? Well it is difficult to picture that image if you have never been there. There is a cafe called Sip of Europe that is located on Congress Street.

image1.JPGWith just one sip of their astonishing drink will take you to Europe! It is a small cafe that is decorated with pictures that captivates you into the imagination of the European style.

What To Try:

Coffee Glace: This is a latte. Lattes have espressos instead of coffee beans. Espressos are finer type of coffee grind. What is unique about the Coffee Glace is that  it has vanilla bean ice cream placed into your drink.

You can also choose chocolate ice cream instead. I have never imagine putting ice cream in coffee before. Espresso by itself is quit bitter with out any cream. The ice cream is a substitute for the cream.

It makes the espresso cooler to drink right away and it does not taste as strong. The ice cream make it a good balance between the two that sits itself on top of your tongue delicately. 

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Hot Chocolate: There are two types of hot chocolate. There is the original that everyone certainly have drank before. The second option is the European hot chocolate style and you can decided to add spice in your drink.

I know right! Spice in your hot chocolate sure does sound interesting. It is a fresh new flavor that everyone should at less try once. If you love chocolate than the European hot chocolate version is for you. It is a thick, intense coco that makes you think of thick chocolate moose cake.

Who does not love cake? But adding spice to the darkness of the drink feels like the whole world has been flipped. You can taste the richness of the chocolate with the spice that seems like the flavor is doing the Piva dance on your tongue.

The dancer uses there feet as if they are “hooping and kicking”  around the dance floor and that is what the spice does when it is added into the chocolate; it give the flavor a kick. As you swallow it you can feel the spice in your throat. It is a uniq taste that make you either like it or you don’t but it is something fun to give a try.

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Learn About Culture Through Tea-Dobra Tea

For those who are a tea drinker and love to experience new adventure and learn about different cultures, Dobra is a great cafe to go to in Old Port. It is a little local tea shop on Exchange Street that gives you a relaxing Bohemian vibe once you walk in.

Dobra lights incense that makes the environment calm while instrumental music is being played which goes perfectly well with its overall theme.

It is a seat yourself place; once you have chosen a spot the employee will provide you with a menu which looks like a big Harry Potter book along with a unique designed bell.

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My favorite tea at Dobra is called Lychee Cha. It is from Guandong, located in China.

All tea from Dobra were grown on organic farms. The tea leaves are imported to America where Dobra uses camellia sinensis which helps produce the tea flavoring like black, green, or white tea, and other flavors. This is how the process of making tea works. They lay the camellia sinensis under the desired tea leaves, for example black tea leaves. They let the black tea seep under the sun for awhile. Then after if they want to add fruits, flowers, or spice flavoring they  put the scent into an essence and spray it onto the tea leave for a kick of flavor. This is called aromatized.

The Lychee Cha is under the category of black tea. Which is more on the bitter and bold side. Black teas has more caffeine than other types of tea. It gives a pinch of intensity to your tongue. Along with the richness of the black tea, it has an aroma of the sweet smell of lychee. Lychee is a type of fruit that is sweet and juicy. It has a unique taste between a pear and a grape.

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If you like fruit flavors and black tea than this tea would be great to try out. Once you have decided what tea you would like from the “Harry Potter” menu, then it is time to ring the bell they offer in the beginning to order.

Dobra is a great place to relax and socialize with friends or solo.

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