t’s been open since Memorial Day
, but the scorching hot Saturday we arrive is Caffeinated Cow
’s official grand opening. We’re greeted by enough pastoral porcelain cows to stock a Midwestern Michael’s, plus Mylar balloons greeting guests with an earnest “Moo.” Our service proves attentive and supportive, helping us navigate a big menu of coffee, ice cream and various mixes of the two. We’re intrigued by signature lattés, but we opt for a mocha ($3.34/medium) with a scoop of huckleberry ice cream from Denver’s Liks Ice Cream
, ($2 extra). The drink’s pleasant, with fruit and chocolate leading the flavor and coffee playing more a supporting role. It seems ice cream melds better with a hot drink than iced, which we should’ve foreseen — our bad. We also get a signature Cow-lorado style scoop: a single scoop of ice cream ($3.50 — caramel Irish stout for us, with notable Guinness tang and chocolate chunks) with two cleanly poured shots of espresso ($0.75 each), a simple delight.