The baristas at Treehaus (one of our staff’s favorite coffee shops) are at it again! If you thought the Bacon Latte was unheard of, just wait until you try Director of Coffee, Tanner Jacobsen’s, newest creation: The Spiced Kumquatte. Tag lined as “A Creamsicle trapped in a latte,” this fusion of kumquat, mulling spices and vanilla will change the way you think about flavored lattes forever.
Jacobsen has put hours of thought and effort into each element of this drink, and it definitely shows. First, he combines fresh kumquats with mulling spices and reduces the liquid into a simple syrup. Then, he adds the syrup to espresso, and pours in steamed milk that has been infused with orange zest and vanilla (being the competitive latte artist that he is, you can always expect a beautiful design). He garnishes his caffeinated creation with a fresh kumquat slice that’s been soaking in the kumquat syrup, which only gets more potent and delicious over time.
Jacobsen recommends that you eat your kumquat garnish with a swig of the latte, as the the flavor profiles of the two go hand in hand. After nibbling, I took my first pure sip of the latte and I could tell this was going to be an enjoyable experience. Right when the drink hits your tongue, you can taste the strong flavors of espresso and spices. Only as you begin to swallow does a clean flavor of orange hit you. The drink is both refreshing and comforting, as the mild orange flavor keeps it light while the mulling spices remind you that it’s still winter. This drink truly is a Creamsicle trapped in a latte, or as Jacobsen personally describes it, “like eating the outside layer of a Creamsicle.” At $5 plus tax for 8 ounces, Jacobsen has successfully created the most expensive specialty coffee drink in NYC (a fact in which he takes pride).
Even the handmade sign proves Jacobsen’s dedication to his line of work. But don’t wait around to get your hands on one–this latte will only be available until he dreams up something crazier. Which–judging by his creativity–will be very soon (I got a hint about a $12 frappucino for the summer…would you buy it?).
You’re not seeing things, I really did just use the words, “bacon” and “latte” in the same sentence. Treehaus, a Midtown hot spot for artisanal coffee, pastries, sandwiches, crepes and an all-day buffet — and an EDWRR staff favorite! — has introduced the king of all flavored espresso beverages: A bacon latte.
I was a little skeptical at first, wondering how on earth someone could infuse the smokey, salty flavors of bacon into a latte, but the barista told me it was a combination of maple syrup and a top-secret “essence” crafted by himself and the restaurant owner. It’s neither a syrup nor a flavored cream, and the most mysterious part of all is — get this — it’s completely vegetarian! Garnished with a strip of candied bacon (the only non-vegetarian element) and a milk foam piggy, this was certainly one of the most interesting — and adorable! — ways to start my Friday morning.
The latte was rich and sweet from the maple syrup, with no need for additional sweetener. There was a smoky aftertaste which definitely resembled that of a succulent strip of bacon, but I found myself missing that true wake-up-and-smell-the-bacon bacon flavor. But my latte was thoroughly enjoyed, especially alongside another one of Treehaus’s bacon concoctions, a bacon Rice Krispie treat!
Carnivores and vegetarians unite: If you’re in need of a midday pick-me-up (trust me, this thing is strong), the bacon latte is calling your name.