Candace Aliké Smith — A Writer's Self Care Journal

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Coffee Religion

Good morning lovelies,

A few days ago I spent my lunch break at Coffee Religion, a cute café down the street from my apartment. I’ve been wanting to check it out since they opened in 2019.

I was greeted first by a sanitizing station and then a nice barista who walked me through the menu items. I selected the “Bonsai” latte, a blend of organic matcha, agave and a milk of your choice. When I objected to whole milk I was offered oat milk as an alternative. A nice recommendation I’ll say — the latte was absolutely delicious and didn’t suffer in consistency as is sometimes the case with almond milk (my usual choice).

As a result of The Rona, preparing my latte in a mug wasn’t possible, but the lattes were still aesthetically-pleasing in the disposable cups they were required to use. I’m so glad I lifted the lid and took a peek.

The overall aesthetic of the place was very pleasing, with an 11-foot high sculpture of the second Buddha titled, ‘Padmasambhava’ or ‘Lotus Born’ as the focal point. According to the Coffee Religion Web site, the second Buddha is attributed as being responsible for bringing Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century. The piece traveled by sea for two months to join me for tea. Humbling, is it not?

They did a great job creating an environment that makes social distancing possible even with limited space. I sat down with my mom and daughter on the cute teal couch by the door. The decoration was tasteful yet funny, and made for interesting conversation.

Coffee Religion also offers English-style tea service with a reservation.

When’s the last time a latte saved your soul?

Featured image by Zoe on Unsplash

Candace Alike Smith is a Las Vegas-based content creator, womb warrior, and matcha enthusiast. Candace founded this site in 2015 to help women of color reclaim their vitality. Follow Candace’s content on holistic beauty, mental wellness, herbs and essential oils, non-toxic products, healthy libations, wellness travel, and self-reflection. Green is her happy color.

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