Plus Coffee’s Miel: High Praise, High Price

Jenna Miller, Managing Editor

I have only been a coffee drinker for the past six months.

(Sophomore exams hit me very hard, and for the first time in my life I downed not one, not two, but four coffees per day, simply trying to stay afloat in the physics equations, geometry theorems, and historical movements.)


I have since explored Chattanooga’s coffee scene, doing my best to work my way through every vanilla and cinnamon caffeinated concoction this town has to offer.


No café has truly disappointed, but along the way I believe I have found the best this town has to offer: Plus Coffee’s Miel, which means honey in Spanish, French, and with an added ‘e’ at the end, Italian.


Made from espresso, steamed milk, honey, and cinnamon, this drink persuaded me to spend six dollars three times in one week. (Yes, I did spend eighteen dollars on coffee in three short days.) It is a latte to end all lattes: refined, carefully crafted, and very expensive. 

The Infamous "Miel" from Plus Coffee

Jenna Miller sippin' on Six Dollars of Espresso, Steamed Milk, Honey, and Cinnamon

The Miel is a common drink in the cafes of Europe, however not a common one to encounter in the coffee shops of Chattanooga, Tennessee.


For Plus Coffee at the foot of Lookout Mountain, it has been a staple since they first opened. According to a few lively baristas I chatted with while patiently waiting for my zillionth Miel of the semester, the idea and recipe was brought to Plus Coffee from Louisville, Kentucky. 

If you find yourself wandering through St. Elmo, stop by and try it. It may just change your life, but let’s be real, probably not. It’s just coffee.


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