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FOOD WAR
Each week, one Ann Arbor staple menu item becomes a battlefield
as Daily Arts staffers butt heads over which restaurant makes it best.
Latte

Dear Rebecca Black,

Thanks for drawing all the attention away from me.
Sincerely, Muammar Gaddafi

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Dear snow boots,

It's our turn now.

Sincerely, rain boots

BEANSTER'S
Michigan League
When itarrives four minutes after order-
ing, the Beanster's latte turns out to be a
mildly enjoyable espresso drink that never
quite passes through the gates into Coffee
Greatness. The latte is hot, but not quite
hot enough. The espresso doesn't have the
pungent bite of truly fresh grounds. The
steamed milkhas asmidgentoo muchfoam,
and the milk-to-espresso ratio is heavy on
the milk. It'll give you a nice jolt, though.
CAFE AMBROSIA
326 Maynard
Tucked away on Maynard Street is Cafe
Ambrosia, home to one of Ann Arbor's fin-
est lattes. The milk is light and creamy;
the espresso is smooth, but packed with a
punch. It's a delicate blend of flavors, aro-
mas and agentle sweetness, all packaged in
a paper cup unscathed by labels and brand
names. Being deliciously obscure is, after
all, one of Ambrosia's strong suits - next to
crafting lattes.
And the winner is:

lab
505 East Liberty
The latte is coffee's version of the Four
Loko, pre-2011: Its mixture of stimulant
(espresso) and depressant (warm milk) can
be dangerous when improperly combined.
While its spices are divine and the foam
heart on top is adorable, the specimen sold
at pretentiously punctuated "lab" leans so
heavily toward the frothy milk side that
any attempt to stay awake after consuming
this "coffee" drink would be ill-advised.
COMET
16 Nickels Arcade
Big franchise coffee shops like Espresso
Royale, Biggby and of course, Starbucks,
make millions selling milky, overly sweet-
ened coffee-like drinks. To coffee lovers
looking for a latte that tastes like it's actu-
ally part coffee, Comet's latte might just
might be heaven in a cup. It's smaller than
you may expect, but you taste the difference
immediately. It'ssbolder, yetstill smooth and
rich, a comfortingdose of near-perfection.
CAFE AMBROSIA

Dear Barack Obama,
You're a really tough act to follow.
Sincerely, Rick Snyder

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Dear Glenn Beck,
What do you mean you may get your own network?!
Sincerely, Oprah

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