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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Restaurant Review: Dolce Aroma Coffee Bar


Last week, I was downtown running some errands and I remembered a recent review in the local GoTriad newspaper insert about a new coffee shop. After a short search on my phone navigation, I had the name and address of the shop and was on my way.

Dolce Aroma European Coffee Bar is located on N. Elm Street in downtown Greensboro at the base of the Bellemeade parking deck. I found street parking a couple blocks away, but as I approached the shop I saw this sign that advertises one hour free parking in the deck. I didn’t think about it while actually parking, but that is one of the perks of downtown Greensboro – several parking decks offer “First Hour Free” parking.


The menu board, which I forgot to photograph, offered pretty standard coffee shop fare. There was also a small food case with a variety of bars, muffins, and some very tasty looking baklava, but I resisted and ordered a small frozen mocha with no whipped cream. After ordering, however, I saw the “Nutticino” on the menu, which I will definitely try next time – a cappuccino with almond and hazelnut flavoring.

While I waited on my drink, I looked around the small but comfortable dining area. I was happy to see that there was both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as local art for sale on the walls:


After I got my drink, I went outside to enjoy the nice weather and downtown scenes. I have to say, I enjoyed the frozen mocha very much – it seemed to have a small amount of ice in proportion to the other ingredients, and it was very creamy. The espresso was rich and the chocolate actually tasted like real cocoa rather than a sugary, fake taste like some other mocha drinks I have had in the past. I was curious to find out if they used real cocoa or syrup, and I went back inside to discover that they use 1883 Philibert Routin Gourmet Syrups, which do not appear to be for sale directly through the official website.


Overall, I enjoyed my Dolce Aroma experience very much and hope to have another trip downtown soon. The only downside is that they are only open until 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and not at all on the weekends. If you are in the Greensboro area on a weekday, definitely give Dolce Aroma a visit!

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