Like many of you, my daily routine has undergone major changes in the last few weeks. One of my routines (many will call it a bad habit) is grabbing a coffee in the morning on my commute to work.
As we adjust to the stay-at-home mandate, acquiring everyday products, such as our favorite grande iced up-side-down caramel macchiato with extra caramel drizzle, has become nearly impossible.
Acadian Coffee Roasters was one of my first stops when moving to Lake Charles in September. I was not only greeted with the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, but co-owners Nancy Holmes and Nancy Kirby welcomed me into their roaster and gave me the grand tour.
What sets apart Acadian Coffee Roasters from others is that they are a micro-roaster that sells only 100% UDSA certified organic Rain Forest Alliance and Fair Trade Arabica beans. I watched Nancy as she demonstrated the careful, smalls steps they take to ensure their customers receive the freshest blend possible. This truly is craft coffee at its finest, right here in the heart of Downtown Lake Charles!
You can choose from single origin, flavored, gourmet blends, Swiss water decaf, and some seasonal blends as well. My personal favorites are the Chocolate Raspberry and the Colombian Dark Roast. They go perfectly with a warm, crisp croissant or - you guessed it - a beignet! Yep, just another guilty pleasure that Louisianians love. They also have 2 oz. variety packages, so you can try a little of everything, and I recommend that too!
The good news is that Acadian Coffee Roasters is open for shipping or local pick up, so you can still get your brew of choice. All you need to do is visit their website to order shipping or schedule a local pickup. You can also scoop up some of their products at select Market Baskets while out grocery shopping (locations at Lake St., Nelson Road, Moss Bluff, and Sulphur).
Vanilla Latte Recipe
- Acadian Coffee Roasters Organic Coffee (use a dark roast for a classic espresso flavor)
- Milk (any milk will do)
- Vanilla extract
- Brew coffee using half the amount of water you usually use.
- While brewing, add 1 tsp. vanilla and 2 tsp. sugar to a glass.
- Once brewed pour coffee into the glass with vanilla and sugar about 1/3 full and stir until sugar has dissolved.
- Fill the cup about halfway with ice and add milk to the top.