Horchata Latte from Joes on the Nose

Sunday morning at the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market inevitably means a visit to Joes on the Nose — a roving coffee truck that is one of the many food and beverage vendors at the market. The orange truck offers a variety of ┬ábeverages, several of which are heavy on sugar and caffeine (a good thing for anyone with a sweet tooth, especially in the early morning!)

My first introduction to the menu was the smoothies, which come in flavors like pina colada, strawberry, mango, wild berry, and frozen lemonade (all of which can be combined). Smoothies are less milky and bulky than most, and taste more like an intense fruit slush. Of all the combinations I’ve tried, the pina colada/mango was the best (and would be the perfect drink to add a shot of rum to).

On my last visit, I badly needed a┬ápick-me-up, so I sampled the horchata latte ($3.75/small, $4.50/large) — one of the most popular items on the menu. The drink starts off like most lattes, with steamed milk and espresso, but also has a scoop of horchata mix blended in. The rice drink mix intensifies the latte, making it creamier, and so thick and rich that it’s like a liquid breakfast. The horchata also brings a serious dose of sweetness and a touch of cinnamon, making the latte taste a bit like rice pudding.

It’s like breakfast and dessert all at once — with an intense caffeine kick. After drinking half of the horchata latte, I wasn’t just refreshed, I wanted to fly home. This is definitely one of the best lattes in San Diego.

Joes on the Nose
Various locations, including the Hillcrest Farmers’ Market and Little Italy Mercato

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