Caffiend: Lola Coffee's Matador
Well, now there's a Lola Coffee location off 3rd Avenue and Roosevelt (much closer to home), so I can get hopped up on their javas much easier. The newer location is smaller than its counterpart on Central, but it's just as busy. I stopped by on a Sunday morning, and the coffee shop was packed with people working on their laptops and chatting in casual groups.
Even the back patio was full, with smiling smokers recounting their weekend escapades.
Since I was having trouble waking up, I decided to try Lola Coffee's Matador. It sounded hearty, like a bull fight, and it tasted that way, too. There was a heady coffee bean flavor and a hint of mocha, and the Matador was made sweeter with whipped cream and raw sugar. It tasted pretty potent, and judging by the speed with which my fingers are flying across this keyboard right now, it was. The Matador got an A for taste, and an A for energy boost; my only complaint is that it costs $3.50 for an eight-ounce cup, which seems like a lot of money for a little coffee.