There's something about old, recycled gas stations we just love. Maybe it's the quaint feel of days gone by, or the security of being surrounded by hearty brick-and-mortar, but whatever it is, Copper Star Coffee's got the cute, indie coffee cafe vibe down pat. The place still features gas pumps in the drive-thru area, and the interior is a cool mix of gray brick and burgundy-red furniture. Original paintings by local artists adorn the walls, and the menu includes a variety of hot and cold drinks, pastries, and sandwiches. This week, we tried the Coconut Mocha (iced, of course).
Copper Star Coffee's Coconut Mocha
4220 N. 7th Avenue
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The first thing we noticed about the iced Coconut Mocha were the streaks of dark chocolate syrup striped throughout the drink. Not surprisingly, the mocha itself tasted strongly of chocolate -- more chocolate than coconut. Actually, we couldn't taste coconut in the drink at all, though we watched them put coconut syrup in it. Maybe they just went a little overboard with the chocolate, but the overall end effect was a mocha that tasted like a piece of coffee nip candy covered in chocolate. The brew was very rich and sweet, and we got a subsequent energy boost from the blend of coffee and sugar, but as with any sugar rush, there was a crash, too. What we wouldn't give for a cold, fresh coconut right now.