Just a few months ago, Phillip Tang was working at Sawada Coffee in Chicago, making coffee art and pulling perfect espresso shots. Then the pandemic hit and boom–welcome to the unpredictable world of unemployment.
The company recently sent me three of its Espresso Bites bars as a thank you for supporting them. They look like chocolate bars but don’t contain any chocolate—just Hawai‘i-grown coffee, organic cocoa butter, organic sugar, vanilla bean, sea salt and non-GMO sunflower lecithin. They were completely melted in my hot mailbox, but I popped them into the fridge overnight and woke up to a delicious treat that had me kicking with excitement (I only had one small piece, I swear. Maybe I’m just stir-crazy).