A few weeks ago, a friend was in town for a long weekend. There have been so many new coffee shops opening in Memphis that I knew I wanted to take her to some. (Honestly, they seem like such hipster shops, I was too scared to go on my own.)
Our first stop was Comeback Coffee, downtown on Main. Talk about a hipster coffee shop!
The menu was pretty limited, but included coffee soda. I don’t know about you, but I had never heard of coffee soda. I’ve heard urban legends of college kids mixing coffee with Coca-Cola for maximum caffeine intake, and I wasn’t opposed to the concept, so I decided I needed to try this. The barista told me it was some homebrewed something something that came through a hose in their shop and had hints of berry and lime. Or something close to that, and she definitely mentioned the fruit, which seemed weird, but I was determined to try it.
It was indeed fruity and coffee-y, which is a horrible mix. My friend described it as “alka seltzer cold and flu”. I’ve never had alka seltzer, but I can confidently say she’s not wrong.
Side-by-side comparisons of my first impression, and after I drank all the coffee soda I could drink. Do you see a difference? Me neither. You can tell time has passed only by the condensation on the cup. Keep in mind this is after my friend AND I had multiple sips. It was just that bad.
Luckily, she had a very pretty latte that tasted like a latte. That being said, it’s a very Instagrammable establishment, so if that’s what you’re into, go! Enjoy yourself! Just don’t order the coffee soda.
We left downtown for Midtown, and stopped at Bluff City Coffee for a late breakfast and some decent coffee to cleanse our paletes. You can’t go wrong with good cold brew coffee and loads of cheese and bacon on a croissant.
Day One verdict: Don’t go back to Comeback Coffee, and enjoy good coffee and good eats at Bluff City Coffee. You can even visit the downtown location if you just want to head towards the river!