Caffiend: Jolta Java's Mexican Joltachino

Locally-owned Jolta Java's beverage menu reads like a wish list for sugar freaks: caramel espresso blends, fruity tropical teas, Italian sodas, smoothies, and whipped cream on pretty much anything you want. We decided to combine our quest for caffeine with a massive sugar rush by ordering Jolta Java's Mexican Joltachino (with a slice of the store's homemade coffee cake on the side).

Jolta Java: Mexican Joltachino
14418 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

The Joltachino is basically espresso blended with ice, and topped with whipped cream. Patrons can choose from six flavors: Mocha, Mexican, Caramel, White Chocolate, Vanilla, and Green Tea. The Mexican blend has a spicy edge, combining nutmeg and cinnamon flavors for a taste similar to a Horchata, but a bit richer. Jolta Java blends their Joltachinos smooth, but it has the consistency of a milkshake. With an estimated 75 mg of caffeine in a 16 ounce Joltachino, the drink's caffeine content isn't as high as some other coffees, but the mountains of sugar and whipped cream give the brew a substantial boost, and could easily amp up the casual consumer.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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