With that delicious sandwich still on my mind, I went back for a second visit the following week. This time, the espresso menu had me feeling indecisive—too many choices! It was hot out so I decided to plunge into a White Cool, which consists of coffee and sparkling lemonade served over ice. I’d been intrigued by the idea of a tart citrus and coffee combo for a while—I had read about Sweden’s kaffelemonad trend a couple years ago. Coffee lemonade has since gained popularity stateside. I thought I would hate it, I’m embarrassed to admit.
But I was so wrong. I loved it. There’s the fizz. (I’m a sucker for bubbles.) There’s the sweetness that’s not overbearing and is offset by the tangy lemon. And the coffee adds, for lack of a better word, a funkiness that’s addicting. I liked every sip more than the last. I’m dreaming of another one right this moment.
Per my barista’s suggestion, I also tasted the Summer Fire. It’s a blend of espresso, coconut syrup, foamed milk and lemon pepper—a curious combo. The lemon pepper warmed up my palate with an almost toasty flavor, and the coconut and foamed milk contributed just enough sweetness.
Although Elle’s has created a lovely interior and added more filling, savory touches to the menu, it’s those small pleasures that will always be my favorite reason to visit: the balsamic that dresses up my sandwich, the lavender that brings sophistication to my ice cream float and the lemonade that breathes new life into my cup of coffee.