Move over, Starbucks! (No, seriously… move over. Again. Again. A little bit more. Yes, we know that’s the steepest precipice of the Grand Canyon, but there’s a magical, invisible bridge there, so go ahead! Move over just a tiny… bit… more! There you go!!! Goodbye, Starbucks! You have been replaced by vapor.) I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that I am most certainly not a fan of that greediest of all coffee corporations, Starbucks, who bends over backwards to appeal to yuppies who want to be hippies, those who like to be told what music they need to like this week, and Apple iShit users. That said, there’s a reason why I picked the above image to connotate a caramel macchiato, and that reason is that it visually represents what a real caramel macchiato is supposed to look like. It’s not a blended caramel latte. It’s a macchiato. And it just so happens to also represent the flavor of Golden Gate Vapor’s marvelous creation, the Caramel Macchiato.
The essence of that familiar robust taste of freshly pressed espresso lies at the foundation of Golden Gate Vapor’s Caramel Macchiato. On top of that is the very welcome flavor of warm, melted caramel, and even a bit, if I might be so bold to suggest, a hint of frothy sweet cream. Although I couldn’t quite pin that flavor down completely, it did seem as though I was getting the full package, coffee, caramel, and foam (although foam is not, and never has been a necessary ingredient for a proper macchiato… not mentioning any names here… Starbucks). That slight whisper of foam flavor might just be my mind filling in the gap of what it expects to be included in the other two ingredients. Either way, when you put this into your clearomizer, cartomizer, dripper, etc. you will feel as though you just poured your expensive coffee shop beverage directly onto your atomizer (and consequently discovered that coffee and caramel acts exactly like glycerine and glycol when heated).
Golden Gate Vapor, as I’ve mentioned in just about all of my previous reviews of their products, is one of those E-juice manufacturers that gives vaping its own identity, completely separate of the outdated act of smoking. There is no tobacco product in the world that creates an inhalable “smoke” as thick and humid as the vapor you’ll be inhaling while vaping Caramel Macchiato. You’ll know that you’re vaping, and you’ll be completely comfortable with the entire process, whether you prefer low wattage vapes, or cranked up high, foggy-day-in-San-Fran vapes. The thickness and overall, well-formed quality of this atomized Golden Gate Vapor product also has a tendency, especially indoors, to spread throughout the entire room and turn any location into a full coffee bar, complete with screaming milk steamers. Everyone around you will immediately order an espresso… even if you’re sitting in a Taco Bell at the time.
As I continue vaping more and more, and learning more and more about the industry as I go, I’m beginning to realize something somewhat Matrix-y in its implications. (That’s Matrix the movie… not the mathematical function, or dot printer.) I feel as though the flavoring industry, which obviously owes much of its recent success to the rise of the indelible E-cigarette, has been forced by the mere spirit of competition to progress to a new level of accuracy. How long before we fill a bowl of “runny eggs” (remember the scene where Neo partakes in his first meal in the “real world”), and then add whatever flavor we prefer to the mix in order to eat a healthy balance of proteins, minerals, carbs, etc. flavored like our favorite food, candy, fruit, and so on? And would that be a good thing or a bad thing? I’m leaning towards bad, if the Orwellian sense of the word, but in the meantime, I’m really enjoying products such as Golden Gate Vapor’s Caramel Macchiato, and I can’t wait to see what future flavors will come out of their sacred laboratories.