If you’re ever feeling uninspired, bored or overwhelmed and you need a little kick to keep you moving throughout the day, I have just the solution for you: Fairmount Coffee Co.’s Aztec mocha.
It ain’t healthy, but it sure is good.
It’s not a typical mocha, so I’m cheating just a little bit given my original rules, but it was recommended to me by a friend. I can’t turn down a challenge.
I coughed out loud on the first sip.
The Aztec mocha must have a shot of cayenne pepper in it, because it’s spicy. If you’ve ever had a Mexican hot chocolate, this is a lot like it.
The Fairmount baristas – they’re amazing, by the way – will ask you if you want whole milk.
If you value your health at all, don’t do it.
I did it.
The drip coffee? Great for a sleepless night, but too strong for me most days. It's very dark and flavorful.
Fairmount opened when I was a sophomore at WSU. In the three years since it transformed from the university Lutheran student center to a hopping new coffee joint, I’ve been a regular customer.
I’ve enjoyed many evenings there with a friend across from me and a coffee in hand. Not a bad place for a first date, too.
It’s well-lit and cozy. It’s especially comfortable on cloudy, rainy days like the day I bought my mocha.
Fairmount is also not centrally-located meaning that it’s popular but not crowded. It is study-friendly on most days.
In short: Fairmount Coffee Co. is a hidden gem.
You’ll find it on the south side of 17th Street, roughly across from Ahlberg Hall and the two green parking lots.
Last thoughts: When winter draws on, my favorite drink is a hot apple cider. Fairmount serves it with a slice of real cinnamon bark, which makes me so happy.
* This article is based on the opinion of one student and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the university.