“I don’t know how you do the Voodoo that you do…” -Salt-n-Pepa*
I drink coffee a lot. French press, espresso, drip, work coffee, house coffee, latte, au lait, americano, columbiacano, whatever, it is all right with me. But I really have two go-to drinks when it comes to coffee.
I also like to make arbitrary statements like “K, there are only two types of people in this world: the people that drink coffee with milk and the people that don’t.” In my heart of hearts, I do know that there are actually (earth to brent, earth to meekus) more than 2 types of people, because I am the type of person that takes milk with coffee on a sometimes basis.
The unofficial eat local Memphis Q+A session:
Random Rando – What coffee do you drink, Mr. Type 3?
eat local Memphis - Glad you asked! Like I said, I think of coffee with milk and without. When I want it black, I drink Americanos (Shots of espresso with a little hot water). When I want milk in there, this is when things get crazy. I go to my nearest barista and ask for a “Voodoo.”
Random Rando - What on earth is a “Voodoo????” You mean like voodoodolls? I’ve never seen Voodoo on a coffee menu in my life. I am about to call shenanigans…
eat local Memphis - A “Voodoo” is an off-the-menu item at Poplar Perk’n on Poplar and Perkins. It has also gone by the alias of “Dirty Chai.” I first found this drink at Mugs, my favorite coffee shop in Fort Collins, CO (see THRjr, The College Years). It is a mashup of a Chai Latte and 2 shots of Espresso. This is rated E for Extreme. I think that the coffee makes the tea less sweet, more robust, and also way more caffeinated. So there you have it, I like Americano’s and Voodoos, depending on my mood.
Lumberjack Baristas Love Muddy’s
K and I walked to Poplar Perk’n from Davis Kidd, where we picked up a couple copies of Taste of the South, which had a feature on Memphis. K’s little bakery Muddy’s Bake Shop is mentioned as a place to check out. Warning – There is going to be some nostalgia in the next few sentances - It is always cool for me to see how many people agree with me that she is doing a fantastic job over there. I remember when Muddy’s was just an idea that we were talking about on my mom’s porch over coffee. It is amazing what it has become in just over 2 years! Nostalgia over.
Our plan was to order some iced voodoos, sit on the patio and check out the articles before she headed into the bakery for the day/evening/weekend. When we popped into the shop, our (alliteration addiction) barista buddy/bro Brock, was sporting my favorite of the Muddy’s t-shirts, the Lumberjack.
We checked out the articles, and as usual, they were very complimentary of Muddy’s, the food, and the atmosphere. Next time you’re in there, give the people behind the counter some love, because they are the ones that make it so enjoyable to me. Well, them and the Salty Sweet Cookie, which is incredible (more on it in the future).
Nostalgia pt. II – I remember when MTV played music videos…
*Salt-n-Pepa – The group, consisting of Cheryl James (“Salt”, now Cheryl Wray), Sandra DentonDeidra “Dee Dee” Roper (Spinderella), (“Pepa”), and has sold over 15 million albums and singles worldwide. Salt-N-Pepa is the best selling female rap act. Six of their single releases have been certified either platinum or gold in America by the RIAA.
For everyone that watched MTV in 1993, that thinks of this famous line every time they hear the word voodoo: “ I don’t know how you do the voodoo that you do so well, it’s a spell, hell, makes me wanna shoop”
So, head over to Poplar Perk’n sometime and ask Brock, Bill, Jimmy, or Brian for a Voodoo. Why do I mention their names? Because I’ve gotten to know them since the store opened, and that is what makes a local business special to me. I’ll see you there, I’m sure!