Tea Factory – YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

Today we ventured out to the Tea Factory down on Fourth Street.  The roads were not ideal but we had to go out and support and have yet another YYC Hot Chocolate.  This is one of my daughter and my wife’s favourite places to come since they have the best matcha latte’s that my daughter has ever had.

The Tea Factory YYC Hot Chocolate is called Matcha Made In Heaven which is an exquisite mélange of ceremonial grade Matcha, and a velvety dark chocolate ganache swirling in coconut cream.

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My son had an Americano and I had a Vanilla Latte, both my wife and daughter had the Matcha Made In Heaven.  The Americano was very good with a little almond milk and my vanilla latte was excellent as usual.

The hot chocolate was smooth with the taste of Matcha and chocolate with amazing coconut whipped cream.  It was a great pairing of flavours.

Hopefully the next time we head out to enjoy a hot chocolate it will be a little warmer and the roads would be in better conditions.

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Cafe Blanca – YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

Tonight we are at Cafe Blanca down in Eau Claire. We decided to venture out in the “freezing” cold weather and go for another YYC Hot Chocolate.  Cafe Blanca is called Hazelnut Haven which is a creamy thick hazelnut drinking chocolate with a fluffy layer of marshmallows and vanilla whipped cream.

My wife and daughter are trying the hot chocolate, my son had a Latte with Almond Milk, and I had to have a Siphon with the an Ethiopian blend.

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After taking a few sips of the hot chocolate we found that it had a very strong hazelnut flavouring almost similar to Nutella. If you really love hazelnut this is the drink for you, if you are not a fan of hazelnut than maybe steer clear from this drink.

As we were enjoying our drinks one of the baristas came over after I asked some questions about a Siphon coffee.  He ensured me that I will eventually master the Siphon coffee.  It really just takes practice and patience.  He walked me through the different temperatures that I should be trying to hit with the blends that I have at home.

There is a few more dollars for Meals on Wheels and here is to more to come.

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest

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YYC Hot Chocolate Fest is a fundraiser event that runs all the month of February and it  supports Meals on Wheels.  Each traditional  hot chocolate participating will donate a dollar of their sales per drink while spirited hot chocolate will donate two dollars of their sales per drink.  You can download their passport online at YYC Hot Chocolate Fest.

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To kick off this year’s YYC Hot Chocolate Fest we went to the kickoff at the Calgary Farmers Market where we got to sample eight different hot chocolates. We sampled hot chocolates from Analog, Waves, Totali Tea, Kienna Cafe Karma, Eaglequest Golf Course, Janice Beaton Fine Foods, Earth Cravings, and Kaben Espresso Bar.  Each had its own different taste and unique feel.  After tasting each of those we got really excited to see what was coming.

So to kick off the YYC Hot Chocolate Fest, my daughter went to Barrow because it was located at Mount Royal University.  Barrow’s hot chocolate was an Earl Grey Hot Chocolate which was a combination of tea and hot chocolate.  It was an amazing blend between the two.

My family decided to kick off YYC Hot Chocolate Fest, we decided to head over to our local coffee house, Euphoria Cafe.  Their signature hot chocolate is called the ‘Avalanche’.  Both my wife and daughter ordered the hot chocolate, my son had an aero-press coffee, and I had a Spanish Latte.

The ‘Avalanche‘ was a combination of semi sweet chocolate, steamed velvety milk, topped with an avalanche of touched marshmallows, salted pretzels, caramel drizzle, and a dash of cinnamon.  It was absolutely amazing while supporting Meals on Wheels.  We talked with the barista and he had said that they have made over 40 Avalanche Hot Chocolates already today.