Starbucks Alternatives: Espresso Milano Beats the Frappuccino
We didn't think it existed, but turns out, there is a place Starbucks hasn't touched: Midland, Michigan. And while the small Midwest town of 60,000 doesn't offer unlimited alternatives, it does offer a great one: Espresso Milano.
The downtown coffee shop opened 10 years ago, well before the latte boom, and it's been serving its signature blends ever since. The décor has changed a handful of times, but the massive chalkboard of offerings and local artist exhibits have remained a constant. On frosty winter mornings we prefer the Six Shooter: six espresso shots. Prefer something sweeter? Try a Milkyway: the standard latte with caramel, vanilla syrup and a dusting of cocoa powder, too. But on hot summer days the Hazelkadoodle is a must. Espresso Milano's baristas blend coffee ice cream, espresso, hazelnut and vanilla syrup together for a frosty treat that beats the Frappuccino hands down.
[Photo: Jeff Diogenes]