Cafe Au Chocolate

Café Au Chocolate is a coffee shop in Stamford that has been said to have “the best coffee in town”. After visiting the shop and speaking with owner Krystyna that quote is pretty solid!

All of the coffee here is locally roasted, but the beans go much further back to places such as Uganda and Ethiopia. If you didn’t already know, almost every time you have a coffee at a coffe shop you’ll be drinking a mixed blend. It’s a great way to get flavour into the coffee please a more neutral pallet. However here at Café Au Chocolate they offer a single origin blend for those who are always wanting to “try something new”. The blend used in the machines currently trending at Café Au Chocolate is “Café Lucca”. This is a common blend used for large coffee machines. The blend consists of beans from Brazil, Central America and Sumatra. So basically this is what you’ll be having when you ask for a latte, a cappuccino or a regular coffee.

They currently have two single origins running this month; an Ethiopian bean that has a slight chocolate taste and a Ugandan bean that has more of a berry taste to it. New single origins are introduced every month or so, so you’ll always be able to try something new. If you’re a coffee lover like me and would like to try new coffees I suggest you get yourself down there. Krystyna would love to start coffee/chocolate tasting evenings in the New Year, which I’d love to go to as I’m a fan of both.

Moving to the chocolate side of her shop, one of Krystyna's other passions. She told me there is much more to chocolate than just a treat. Coca has many health benefits so when eating chocolate with high coca content it’s actually good for you! That’s an excuse to go down and try some of her awesome chocolate. Krystyna told me she would love to educate children on these health benefits, to let them know there is more to chocolate than just its taste. They have a huge variety of chocolates here and the chocolates come from places such as Poland, Germany and France. These chocolates along with the coffees really compliment each other and if you’re in store and would like to know how, then ask for Krystyna and she’ll be sure to talk you through what goes well with what.

It has real French authenticity here; selling sweet and savoury crepes, using French gluten free buckwheat to make them. I asked Krystyna what should people try when they come here and she suggested the savoury buckwheat pancake with the marina topping if you like sea food, if not they have many other options. If it’s something sweet you’re after, you have to try their salted caramel chocolates, and they’re awesome!

It has a very European feel to the shop and its no wonder as Krystyna’s parents are both polish and having lived and worked there as a young girl in a coffee shop it’s a dream come true to own her own shop with a European feel. Two of her biggest passions are coffee and chocolate and if you visit here you may find a new passion of your own.

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