It’s been a while since I’ve sat at a coffee shop doing nothing but sipping on something hot and delicious. After brunch in Xintiandi, we decided it was time to accomplish that goal. And what better place to mellow out than Mellower Coffee, where they serve a coffee that sweetens itself with a puff of cotton candy overhead? The steam from the coffee makes the “cloud” of cotton candy melt, and that’s when it rains sugar. Named “Sweet Little Rain” or “甜心雨,“ this 58 RMB cup of joe is undeniably unique and pretty to look at, even if a little gimmicky. I chose to order my go-to Earl Grey Latte and “let” my husband get the Sweet Little Rain. OK, maybe I made him get it.
My Earl Grey Latte came with a choice of latte art: male or female (Earl or Countess). I went for the Countess of course. Girl power! My latte tasted very good, full of tea flavor, which is how I like it. The fact that they threw in a handful of Earl Grey tea leaves made my latte that much more fragrant and enjoyable. I’ll definitely get this again. The Sweet Little Rain was good too; you just have to wait a little bit for the cotton candy to make its way in. In all, a solid Americano. though a bit pricey for everyday. In terms of taste though, this place is not just about the talk; they walk the walk too.
We have a penchant for sitting at the bar for two reasons: 1) We like to learn things, and 2) We hate waiting for a table. On this day, one of the general managers, King, a Hong Kong native and definite coffee connoisseur, was standing right next to us at the bar, sniffing various beans and differently steeped liquids while making notes for his staff. Pretty soon, the three of us were chatting up a storm about everything from the different countries the beans in our cups came from, to our favorites back at home (Philz, Blue Bottle, Intelligentsia…) King explained that most people in Shanghai are not yet interested in coffee as a craft, and still prefer “coffee” masked in whipped cream and syrup, which frankly isn’t their fault because most coffee here tastes like brown water. That’s just the truth. King said that the cute stuff like Sweet Little Rain has been successful in luring people in, and will hopefully make them more interested in the taste of coffee, in the future.
We sampled some different shots of espresso, and then King gave us a mug of pure espresso with milk, which I could not believe had nothing but espresso and milk in it! It tasted like sugar and butter and angels. It was such a drinkable and creamy treat that I finished the whole thing in addition to all the other coffee I was drinking. Needless to say, I was super wired the rest of the day. The next time I want to learn about coffee, I’ll look into the workshops Mellower has to offer. I’m also excited to take Ellen here when she visits me in November, since cotton candy was one of her favorite things when she was little (and I’m pretty sure still is).
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Mellower Coffee / Jinan Road, Shanghai