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Good Eatin': Fall flavors to fall in love with

Cool Beanz and CAKE Bakery revitalize familiar favorites and experiment with new seasonal flavors


September 30, 2014

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    Did you feel that cool breeze? Hear the crunch of autumn leaves? Fall is coming, however slow it seems to be traveling. Eateries all over are working hard to provide fall-inspired treats in expectance of the season, with coffee shops at the head of the pack. A relatively new set of businesses on East Main, Cake and Cool Beanz, welcomes the chance to experiment with seasonal treats and beverages.
    The two separate businesses, housed in the same quaint building, work to create unique flavors that complement each other. The term “fall flavors” usually brings to mind pumpkin spice everything, but both businesses embrace the cliché and transformed a tired taste into something craveable. The pumpkin spice iced coffee I chose was a pleasant surprise to taste buds that were expecting something overly pumpkin or overly spiced. The two tastes were blended so perfectly that picking out just one of the flavors was impossible. I paired a pumpkin spice cupcake with the coffee. “Heavenly” doesn’t even begin to describe this confection. The cream cheese icing was just sweet enough to balance out the earthy spiciness of the pumpkin.
    In an attempt to get away from the pumpkin side of fall, I went in a new direction. A cinnamon apple muffin caught my eye and I chose a salted caramel latte to go with it. The muffin had an apple pie and cinnamon cake filling, with oats and Granny Smith apple chunks sprinkled on top to add texture. The latte was delightfully sweet with a salty after-note.
    You eat with your eyes first, as they say, and  based on their presentation the two businesses have different culinary points of view on the truth of this maxim. Cool Beanz uses plain nondescript containers, allowing the coffee to speak for itself, while CAKE enhances the presentation of the already glamorous pastries with mismatched floral china, creating an elegant feel.
    David Hoyle, the proprietor of Cool Beanz, was very willing to discuss different coffee processes with me and was more knowledgeable and passionate about his business trade than many people. He described how he uses locally roasted beans for his coffee creations but admitted to using the term loosely, indicating that both Savannah and Augusta were considered local enough. However, he did mention that he has a roaster himself, and can roast small batches of beans.
    Overall, it was a great place to hang out, talk, and enjoy these delights that were obviously made with love.


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