The season of snow and ice is upon us, chai champions, and while we have already rolled out our entire offering of autumn goodness and most (but not all!) of our wintry yumminess, only now that Thanksgiving has passed have we New Englanders realized that winter is the new summer. The women have replaced their skirts and blouses with fashionable winter coats and boots, and the men are so bundled up that they have become unidentifiable from their counterparts months prior. But never fear, great New Hampshire coffee fans: D Squared Java has everything you need to thaw your frozen marrow and warm your frosty mood!
We have not one, but three different hot chocolates to warm you when you need it most. All of our chocolate sauces are made in-house, using Fair-Trade certified cocoa from Ecuador and organic evaporated cane sugar from Paraguay. We’re talking about some rich, decadent chocolate, but it’s much more delicious and fresh than some store-bought chocolate paste/liquid/thing. This stuff definitely makes for a splendid hot chocolate, but if caffeine is your bag, we will readily infuse our signature espresso into the chocolate sauce along with your choice of milk and create an energizing mocha! Pure indulgence, if such a thing ever existed.
From there, we take our chocolate sauce and add cinnamon and chili powder to make a tantalizing Mexican chocolate sauce. And I promise, as your barista, that this is some darn fine Mexican-style chocolate. It won’t burn your tongue or make you sweat; rather, it will warm every inch of your iced-over skin. If you try it, I promise you won’t regret it. And just because it’s that time of year, we are adding organic peppermint extract to the chocolate for a peppermint chocolate delight. It’s not to be missed, and it won’t be around for long, so make sure to grab some before it’s gone!
And if that’s not enough, you devilish devotees of D Squared Java, then we have the perfect excuse for you to face winter’s cold, embrace the holiday spirit, and nourish divinely with our first-rate chocolate and/or caffeine mash ups: Exeter’s four-day holiday extravaganza! From Thursday, December 5, to Sunday, December 8, Exeter becomes a whirlwind of winter madness, and what better way to stay at the center of it all than to come by D Squared Java and warm up for a while? We have Exeter’s annual Festival of Trees on Thursday, in which local businesses and patrons are vying for the grandest decorated Christmas tree, to be viewed at city hall. Free cookies and prizes abound! Voting occurs between 11 am and 8 pm.
The other main event takes place on Saturday from 5-8 pm, and it’s none other than the Exeter Holiday Parade! Last year crushed us, and given that we had only been open for a few months, were expecting this year to lay D Squared Java to utter ruin. Utter, chocolate-infused ruin, I tell you! Remember, folks, this year marks Exeter’s 375th anniversary, and the people organizing the parade literally guarantee that this year’s parade will be bigger and better than ever. Check their website if you don’t believe me. That’s a tall test, vying for the best among nearly four centuries of storied history. If you miss this one, you better be in Las Vegas! Haha, just kidding. Or am I?
Tune in next week for more coffee conversation and espresso ebullience. And remember, there’s seriously even a pet parade. Don’t skip out. Cheers!
Hague Entreaty, Professional Barista and Barista Professional