Coffee has always been a big part of my life, and before I started working in higher education, I managed coffee shops for about 12 years in every aspect of the industry. Because of this, I have learned a lot about the coffee business and I normally buy whole beans and brew my morning cup at home. But there are days, especially long days when I have class after work, where I am jonesin’ for a second cup of joe, and that’s where Cloud Coffee comes in handy.
Location: Temple University, in front of Tyler School of Art on 12th and Norris
Pay: Cash or Credit
Cuisine: Coffees, teas, and pastries
What we tried: Leafblower Latte and Chai Latte
With so many options for caffeine on campus (including two Saxbys, two Starbucks, and one Java City), one might wonder, what makes Cloud Coffee special? The answer, my friends, is oat milk. While most of the other cafés carry similar types of drinks, Cloud Coffee stands out with this alterna-milk that creates tight foam, tastes creamy and delicious, and doesn’t overpower any other flavors in the drinks. I had never had oat milk before, and although I am not lactose intolerant, I was very curious about it. I ordered a Leafblower Latte, which has dark brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and added the $1 upcharge for oat milk.
I was surprised, as I opened up the lid, to see the creamy foam on top of my drink. Slightly sweet and velvety smooth, the drink was perfect as it was; no need to add any sugar or anything else to it.
On my next visit, I tried a Chai latte, one of my go-to drinks for an afternoon pick-me-up. Chai is a tea with nutmeg, star anise, and other tasty spices brewed into the drink. The Chai was a little less successful, and I noticed they were using a chai syrup to make the drink rather than actual brewed tea. It still tasted good, but the flavors were not as deep and complex as I am used to when ordering this drink. However, the matcha tea latte, mocha, and drip coffee will be other drinks I’m planning to try when visiting this truck. Cloud also has assorted pastries to enjoy.
Another reason to visit Cloud Coffee is that it is owned by Temple graduate students! We always like to support our fellow owls.
Click on the photos below to see the menus.