A Taste of the Town

A Taste of the Town

Food & Drink

A Taste of the Town


By Cari Martens

The Tokyo Café Latte is described as a rich, bitter coffee, with milk reminiscent of cream liquor, and a subtle dash of honey. The cup is a two-tone brown and cream with English words scribbled on the front. If this is Tokyo, what is the coffee like in Chicago?

A Japanese magazine, Walker has paired with “Toyo Beverages”:http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.toyobeverage.com/v4/pages/home/home_home.php&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=1&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dtoyo%2Bbeverages%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3DUXr%26pwst%3D1 to develop coffee drinks to decide exactly that question for all the cities where it distributes its magazines. The Tokyo Café Latte epitomizes the taste of Tokyo, so what would your city taste like? The Tokyo flavor came out of a panel discussion that asked questions such as, “If Tokyo were a chilled convenience store coffee drink, what would it taste like?”

The panel of six readers (3 men, 3 women) met with Japan’s top barista and Toyo Beverages to come up with the flavor. They reportedly sampled various coffee drinks and talked about the city and its personality. The next scheduled city is Kansai, where the Kansai style Café Au Lait is set for release on April 8. It reportedly is a creamy, milky, rich coffee drink that is not sweet at all, and the cup has a loud leopard print with the words “afé au lait” written in Japanese hiragana.

First your coffee reflects where you live. What food might be next? Better watch out, french fries!


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