French Truck Coffee: Also available in sandwiches and pastries

French Truck Coffee Loves a Good Cup

Your barista may make an error and pour over an espresso shot. Pour-over coffee is made with precision French Truck Coffee by a machine that drips water steadily over the ground beans for the best time and no more.

French Truck Café is a café that focuses on coffee, but it is also a good choice for light lunches or afternoon snacks. Although the selections may be expensive, the vibes and tastes are great.

New Orleans-based craft coffee chain, French Truck Coffee Company, opened a new location on Government Street last year. The café is bright and airy, and features a mixture of polished concrete floors and yellow and blue tiles walls. The many windows let in natural light. It is a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee. I’ve returned Junk For Cars to the café every time since it opened.

French Truck Coffee’s baristas revere French Truck Coffee, but that doesn’t make it a club for insiders. Customers are greeted with warmth and enthusiasm by the staff, who seem to enjoy answering their questions and guiding them towards the right brew.

An Americano ($3.25) is my favorite drink. Although it’s simple to make, you only need hot water and espresso. However, a badly pulled shot can cause bitterness. None of the Americanos I’ve ordered over the past few months has tasted exactly the same. All of them were outstanding.

French Truck Coffee Roasters uses a milder coffee than many French Truck Coffee Houses. A milder espresso will not taste as bold, but it will often have a wider range of flavors.

A cortado ($3.75) is a milder espresso that shines in a drink such as this. It has less milk per cup than a cappuccino, and blends the coffee’s nutty flavor with a creamy body.

French Truck sandwiches, bowls, and salads are made with the same care as French Truck Coffee.

One morning I had breakfast at the cafe, and chose the croissant sandwich ($8) which included bacon, egg cheddar, tomato jam, and cheddar. The tomato jam was mildly tart, sweet, and slightly acidic. This was not a ketchup that is more crafty; it was a great complement to sharp cheddar.

The biscuit sandwich, maple bacon toast, and savory Quinoa bowl all sound interesting enough to warrant a return visit.

My next trip was for lunch. There are a variety of midday favorites on the menu, including a grilled cheese, cheddar, and pears as well as a ham, cheese, and Dijon mayonnaise. On a rainy afternoon, I tried the BLT sandwich and pimento sandwich ($9). Although it was more expensive than other lunch options in town, I found the combination of pimento and bacon to be a good match.