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Flaming Love Shot …. Espress Arte Cafe in Antigua, Guatemala

Posted by Rishiray on March 14, 2013

Once you’re in Guatemala, it seems that you automatically need to become a coffee expert, since everyone else is. It seems that if you’re not somewhat knowledgeable about the 8 different coffee regions in Guatemala, how altitude affects the maturation of the coffee cherry which then affects the acidity and bouquet of the resultant coffee bean … then you don’t know shit about shit. Now I’m not saying that I don’t know shit about shit when it comes to coffee, but seeing that I’m not a coffee fan … even seeing impressive examples of Latte Art doesn’t move my life. However, the coffeephiles out there, love their latter art. For instance … how best to impress your lady, if not with a rose in her cup?

If the latte art doesn’t impress her, then how about a Flaming Love Shot? (And get your mind out of the gutter people!!). It seems that at the Espress Arte Cafe in Antigua, Guatemala … you can get this shot. It’s a very cute coffee shop located right in the heart of the square, as you can see from the next two pictures.

A random ex pat was driving by us, when she stopped to offer us advice on Frosty’s coffee. BTW Frosty is the lad below, who makes the Flaming Love Shot. Of course, if you’re going to ask how did a Guatemalan barista come by the name “Frosty” … the story goes that he was so fair as a baby and so fat as a baby, that he looked like “Frosty the Snowman”. Go figure!

If you’re also wondering why the cup in his hand is on fire … that’s the start of the Flaming Love Shot. The shot consists of the following ingredients :

  • One shot of mezcal (lit of fire over a spoon … of course, who doesn’t know that)
  • One shot of double espresso
  • One shot of dark chocolate


Pictures don’t necessarily capture fire as well I would like …. but the resultant shot looks like this … so when you’re here for a visit … go get a Flaming Love Shot and tell Frosty that I sent you 🙂




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