Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Madcap Coffee

Subject: Madcap Coffee
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

These days, few coffee companies seem to have as many fans as Madcap Coffee. Whether it's their colorful designs or their excellently-roasted coffee, one usually hears many cheers of affirmation when Madcap is on the table (both topically and literally). 

On a recent voyage through Grand Rapids, I had the fortune to have budgeted a hefty slot for a visit to their downtown cafe. Located in a large-windowed corner shop, I found some nearby street parking and made my way over to the white and green building. Inside I found a voluminous space with high ceilings, a brick back wall and tons of wood furnishings. There were plenty of seats amidst the numerous patrons, so after getting settled I got in line to decide the fate of my morning coffee. 

After some brief deliberation, I chose an espresso of their 3rd Coast Blend and a pourover of their Kenya Kathakna. The espresso, pulled short with a brown crema, unleashed delicious flavors of bittersweet cocoa, lime, slight nutmeg, rye whiskey and some rhubarb, making for a sweet, bright pull. The pourover similarly knocked my socks off, with notes of shortbread, apricot jam, spinach, apple, fresh brick-oven bread and slight sunflower seed, making for a subtilely explosive and equally sumptuous brew. 

In the midst of devouring my coffee and enjoying the downtime, before I knew it my time at Madcap had concluded. Thus, I too only can offer praise of this Michigan coffee fixture. When you're in Grand Rapids, make sure to pop in for a visit and some great coffee at Mad Cap. 

These wonderful folks made this visit possible in part. Make sure to check them out!


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