Sea Salt Iced Coffee from 85C – Crazy or Awesome?

I’m not much of a coffee drinker but when I came across the sea salt iced coffee at 85C Bakery Cafe, I had to try it. 85C is Asia’s answer to Starbucks. There are hundreds of stores in Taiwan, but the location in Irvine is one of only two 85C in North America.

What inspired 85C to come up with sea salt coffee? According to spokeswoman Kathy Chung, it was the Taiwanese habit of sprinkling salt on fruits like pineapple and watermelon to bring out their sweetness. Salty coffee also makes sense in a place where shaved-ice desserts are topped with corn kernels and breads get slathered with sugary frosting and bits of pork. It didn’t take long for the salted coffee to become the store’s number one drink.

To truly experience the 85C sea salt coffee, you have to lick the salty foam to arouse your senses, then savor the sweet, creamy coffee underneath. Through the contrast of textures, you experience the saltiness and coffee at different times. I just mixed everything together like it was a caffรจ mocha. Next time, I’ll do it the 85C way.


8 thoughts on “Sea Salt Iced Coffee from 85C – Crazy or Awesome?”

  1. itsabhik says:

    Looks delicious.. Yammeee!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. John Chow says:

      @itsabhik Have you ever tried one?

      1. itsabhik says:

        @John Chow We have Indian version of that.. Except the sea salt.

        They call it ‘Kappi Nirvana’ at CCD.

        http://www.cafecoffeeday.com/our-cafe-inner.php?pid=94&mnid=2&catid=6

        1. John Chow says:

          @itsabhik Pretty cool. I’ll have to try it the next time I’m in India. ๐Ÿ™‚

      2. itsabhik says:

        @John Chow Do not forget to ping me if you ever come to India, even for a vacation. ๐Ÿ˜€

        1. John Chow says:

          Of course. I would need you to show me around! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. fas says:

    Its crazy, really very crazy I would say.

    1. John Chow says:

      @fas It does sound crazy but it actually taste very good!

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