Located in University Heights off Mission Avenue (between Alabama and Mississippi) is a gem of a coffee cafe called Mystic Mocha; serving up yummy brunch and super yummy coffee from one of San Diego’s very own green and socially conscious roasters, Cafe Moto. There’s a whole lotta local love going on in this corner suite. In fact, the owner lives next door, so he has a vested interest in making sure his neighbors are happy. You have to when they know where you live…
As I enjoyed my chorizo breakfast burrito (Thanks @sdchurchlady for hooking me up), I could not help but notice the easy relationship between the baristas and the patrons; this clearly is a local treasure. I ordered a soy latte, although I hear their peanut butter mocha is absolutely fabu darlink. Why order a soy latte right out of the gate?
The first reason is obvious, I’m what I like to call “Lactose Challenged.” The second reason, is that in my experience, if you can get the shot right and make the soy taste just as good as milk or cream, you’re doing pretty good. As I’ve said before, most places make soy lattes taste like cardboard dipped in day old drip. How hard can it be? If you can’t get this fundamental drink right, you either burnt the shot, you’re using bad product, or both. Mystic Mocha nailed it. A latte should be smooth enough that you don’t need sugar. The sugars in the milk or soy should be enough to tame the acidity for a strong, but smooth finish.
I’ll definitely be back soon Mystic Mocha. In fact, once I tell my hubs about your peanut butter mocha, he may try to take open and notorious possession of your outdoor patio, which is legal fancy pants talk for “Move-in.” Warning: If he should sleep walk do not attempt to wake him. Also, should his snoring be a nuisance, just tap him gently and he’ll roll over.
He’s not so bad; he flosses and brushes his teeth regularly and always puts the seat down. In fact, in our five years together, he’s only forgotten the latter once…ONCE.