Your parents never used to let you eat this buzzy treat before bed, but gosh darn it, you’re a grown-up now.
1. James Coffee & Bourbon from Salt & Straw
To make this dark and smoky speedball, the Portland-based ice cream shop blends beans from San Diego’s James Coffee with Slow Hand Whiskey from L.A.’s Greenbar Distillery, a barley-mash spirit aged in six types of wood. Various Locations.
2. Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee from Humphry Slocombe
When this San Francisco creamery opens a scoop shop on Abbot Kinney come August, look for its play on Vietnamese drip-style cafe sua da, made with organic Blue Bottle coffee, sweetened condensed milk, and chicory root—or find it at Whole Foods. 1653-B Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.
3. Coffee with Cream and Sugar from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
If you like your java light and sweet, Ohio-based Jeni’s offers the ice cream equivalent: Intelligentsia beans are steeped in cream, then swirled with sweet-cream ice cream to produce a flavor that’s more cappuccino than espresso. Various locations.
4. Bulletproof from Coolhaus
As a tongue-in-cheek nod to bulletproof coffee, Coolhaus spins brown butter ice cream with a potent kick of Stumptown espresso, albeit with a tip not to expect the same “health benefits” attributed to the trendy butter-infused drink. 8588 Washington Blvd., Culver City; 59 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.
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