-- If you're used to sipping your morning Joe on the go, it may appear that the only options for transport are a travel mug or a Styrofoam or paper cup. But an inventive cafe owner in California has devised an even sweeter alternative.
At Alfred Coffee & Kitchen in Los Angeles, the coffee vessel de rigueur is a diminutive chocolate-dipped ice cream cone.
"The Alfred Cone is a 4-ounce waffle cone dipped in milk chocolate," manager Ashlee Lawson told ABC News. "You can get espresso or a machiatto served inside them."
The twee beverages are already attracting a cult following, with customers ordering them at breakfast, lunch and dinner, she said.
"On Sundays we have a farmer’s market right outside of the cafe, so we get a big flow of tourists and they have been really popular," Lawson added. "They are delicious. When you put the espresso in, it melts the chocolate a little and it tastes like a miniature mocha."
So why didn't someone think of this sooner?
"Everyone says that. Our boss is just brilliant," she said. "He has a creative mind and thinks of everything possible."
Curious caffeine heads should note, however, that the tiny cup doesn't come with a small price tag.
An Alfred Cone, which is only listed on a "secret menu," costs $8: $3 for espresso and $5 for the proprietary cone, made by an exclusive local sweets purveyor.
So far that doesn't seem to have stopped fans from singing its praises.
"Mad props to the owner of this coffee shop!"one fan on the cafe's Facebook page wrote. "Who doesn't love a cone cup?"