Every Monday morning I go down to PJs Coffee House on Maple Street with my planner and notebook and plan the week ahead of me. It’s a little ritual that I started a while ago that keeps me focused and on top of the things I want to accomplished.
This Monday I was pleasantly surprised to find the new La Divina Gelateria on Maple St. offering free lattes. In fact Carmelo Turillo, who owns the shop with his wife Katrina, was standing outside with a tray full of cups of coffee and bits of scones hawking his wares to passersby.
I was lucky enough to be one of the free- coffee recipients. Yum, nice, creamy frothy top with thick, strong but smooth coffee underneath.
A perfect combination done up perfectly by their barrista Katie.
I did an entry a while ago of La Divina on Magazine St. Their gelato, not being an expert on gelato and not knowing how it’s supposed to be, is, I think, outstanding. Unusual flavors and of course all of it handmade using the finest ingredients.
But what I hadn’t had then was the coffee. Carmelo told me that it’s their own special blend from beans from Brazil and Ethiopia and specially roasted, each batch being unique to the quality of the beans as it changes through the seasons.
I can say this, I have never had a better cup of coffee. You know in New Orleans we like strong, but sometimes that can mean bitter. But this cup is exceptional. And…well…I’m no coffee expert but I know what I like.
La Divina’s not just for gelato and coffee. They also have Italian sandwiches there. Haven’t tired those yet. When I do I’ll let you know.
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