A Caffeinated Cup of Yogurt

Yogurt is one of the best things to eat almost as soon as one ends a course of antibiotics as it helps get your digestive flora back into sync. Having said this and having recently finished a ghastly medical regimen that pretty much blunted my appetite, I was definitely hungry for some yogurt and decided to try the fro-yo over at California Berry.

Supposedly the local analog to the American fro-yo chain Pinkberry, California Berry offers three flavors of soft-serve frozen yogurt. In this case, coffee joins good ol’-fashioned plain and green tea on the menu.

I was curious about the coffee-flavored yogurt. Yes, I know I’m not supposed to have coffee as per the doctor’s orders. But I’ve been ill, so – just this once! – I opted to break the rules. Just a little, mind you: I ordered the coffee-swirl fro-yo which has half coffee and half plain.

The bitter-ish coffee flavor is there when you spoon the yogurt into your mouth but it is almost immediately overpowered by the bracingly sharp tang of natural yogurt. It’s not unpleasant, but the mix of flavors is jarring to say the very least. Truth be told, green tea does make a better match for plain soft-serve yogurt.

I had my cup of coffee-swirl fro-yo with my usual fixings: slivered almonds, granola, and a good helping of slightly sweet mochi bits. While this was an interesting yogurt experience, I’ll have to concede that Red Mango still gets top marks as my go-to place for soft-serve yogurt.