Caffiend: Mocha Bianca's Depth Charger
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Mocha Bianca is just a few miles from where I've lived in northwest Phoenix for the past eight years. Surprisingly, I didn't even know the place existed until my girlfriend noticed it on a drive to my local KFC last week. It's tucked inside a strip mall between a liquor store and a Burger King, adjacent to Paradise Valley High School and across the street from a hospital. It's definitely not the kind of prime location Starbucks always moves into. But somehow, Mocha Bianca has survived its inconspicuous presence in an obscure strip mall.
|The Mocha Bianca (left) and Depth Charger (right).|
4001 E. Bell Road, #112
Phoenix, AZ 85032
The Depth Charger was touted as Mocha Bianca's most caffeinated drink, and it more than delivered on its hype. A blend of drip coffee and espresso, even sipping on a 16 ounce cup of Depth Charger is a big kick in the butt, and chugging it could give you the shakes. But while this brew gets an A+ for energy boosting, it barely earns a C- in the taste department. Not only is the Depth Charger extremely bitter, but it has a strange, waxy aftertaste, as well. This is really not unusual, since the beans for highly caffeinated coffees often do not undergo heavy chemical or water processes to remove caffeine -- processes which also remove some of the waxy bitterness of the beans. The Depth Charger's good if you want a quick, intense caffeine high, but it's definitely not a "savor the flavor" type of drink.
The signature Mocha Bianca, however, is a coffee big on taste and built for sugar freaks. It doesn't have as much caffeine as the Depth Charger, but the flavor -- a smooth blend of coffee and chocolate with a hint of caramel and topped with whipped cream -- is delish. The sugar rush is pretty impressive, too, but it'll be over in about 15 minutes.
In a Utopian world, our dream brew would probably be half Depth Charger (for energy) and half Mocha Bianca (for taste), and Mocha Bianca would have a way more prominent place on the street.