“I don’t do regular,’’ says Andréea Marin, who opened Kaffeology, a coffee shop-bakery-café on Thames Street, earlier this year. For proof, look no further than her over-the-top milkshakes, such as “s’mores’’ — with graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate, and torched marshmallows — or this summer’s special “unicorn’’ shake, an electric blue, cotton-candy-based concoction topped with pink sprinkles, white chocolate chips, and Gummy bears. Looking for something more grown-up? That would be the espresso shake with chocolate ice cream, chocolate chips, a lady finger, espresso powder, and a mini-cannoli on top.
I sampled the salted caramel pretzel milkshake, a vanilla drink infused with caramel and garnished with pretzels pressed into vanilla frosting around the rim, a brownie, and a Twix bar. It was satisfyingly sweet and salty, and the brownie added a welcome blast of chocolate. Marin described it as “a little lighter than others,’’ but, trust me, it’s all relative.
A native of Romania who grew up in Rhode Island, Marin draws inspiration from her family. Her sister’s fondness for a certain fruit-flavored cereal inspired the Fruity Pebbles shake (also known as the Bam Bam), with Fruity Pebbles, Twizzlers straws, and half a strawberry Pop Tart. The espresso milkshake is for her Italian mother.
While the milkshakes have drawn the most attention, Marin takes pride in her bakery products, such as pistachio ricotta cream cake, Nutella chocolate cake, blueberry pie, cannoli, muffins, sandwiches, flatbreads, and vegetarian options, all made in house. She serves coffee from Fazenda, out of Dedham, and a nitro brew from Church Street Coffee Company on Martha’s Vineyard.
Marin has been an esthetician, a personal trainer, bartender, and real estate agent. “Everything I’ve done has taught me things that really help me here,’’ she says. Surprised and emboldened by the success of Kaffeology, she’s thinking about a second location, perhaps near a college campus or in a beach town. But her biggest dream is to end up in Downtown Disney. “I used to work for Downtown Disney as a bar manager,’’ she says. “It would be so funny to own my own shop there.’’
Kaffeology, 359 Thames St., 407-722-0922.