Alright, so Peet’s is personally my favorite coffee chain. There is one within walking distance of my house and I go there often. The baristas are super friendly and nice, and you get a less corporate feel than if you were to be walking into a Starbucks. Oh, also, their coffee is the best. Like; they use real espresso machines and do everything with love and care.
I could write about that in a different post though. A personal goal of mine is to try everything on Peet’s menu! So far, so good. Except the pumpkin latte; but as I’ve said in a previous post I’ve never found anything appealing about pumpkin. I loved the maple latte and was really sad when they stopped selling it November 1st. Even though it’s still fall why are we jumping to Winter/Christmas already?!?!!
Anyways, the seasonal drinks for winter are the Cinnamon Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte, Sea Salt Caramel Mocha, and the Peppermint Mocha.
Okay, I’m not going to lie; I don’t plan on trying the Eggnog Latte. The thought of trying it hasn’t even crossed my mind. Today I wen’t out and got Peet’s with my grandma; she tried it, and liked it. But I’m sure we have different preferences. But she says “It’s nutmeggy, I think it’s good.” So if you like nutmeg you should try it??? The barista offered to water the eggnog down with milk because she warned my grandma that the eggnog is really thick.
How nice of her :)
Okay moving on-
The first drink I tried was the Peppermint Mocha. Peppermint is my favorite flavor in general. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I love Winter time because everything is peppermint.
(peppermint whipped cream, marshmallows, sugar cookies, chocolate…)(the list goes on with things I can’t even think of right now.)
Alright SO I figured “How perfect?!?! My favorite coffee shop has mY FAVORITE FLAVOR OF ALL TIME THAT HAPPENS TO BE SEASONAL. I must buy.” and so I did.
Okay so WOW. Where do I even begin?? It’s like a typical mocha..BUT WITH PEPPERMINT FLAVOR. It’s perfect. It seems so simple. and it’s so perfect.
I like how the flavors compliment each other and balance out. It’s … AMAZING. I honestly forgot I was drinking coffee for a second. It’s very sweet, the chocolate brings out the flavors of the espresso; and the peppermint adds a nice sweetness and flavor. And I know this sounds weird but honestly sipping the foam was the best part for me- all of those flavors all light and frothy. :)))
I also decided I would try it made with white chocolate instead. It’s not on the menu, but baristas at any coffee shop can do modifications (at least I hope).
Just casually say “Hey cool cashier person, can I get a White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha?!?!??” And then they casually say “No problem loyal customer.”
I didn’t take a picture of the actual liquid inside of the drink but… trust me it’s in there.
I understand why this isn’t on the menu. The flavors aren’t all symphonyinyourmouth-ish. Because it’s white chocolate it’s way sweeter- but if you’re into that kind of thing I suggest you try this? It was good though, I see myself getting it again- but I prefer it made with the fancy cocoa because of how everything works together.
Oh- In contrast to Peets. I decided to try Starbucks’ version of the “Peppermint Mocha” We were in a hurry and decided to go through the Starbucks drive-thru so we couldn’t go to Peets. I must say, I’m so glad I found Peets! The cocoa in the lattes don’t even compare! It tasted like a packet of instant hot chocolate was used in my starbucks drink; and they also DIDN’T FROTH THE MILK…
Who doesn’t froth the milk on a latte? I felt like I was drinking a crappy hot chocolate. OTL.
Next stop- Sea Salt Caramel Mocha town.
I tried a small sample that they had out; I don’t think I’d be able to drink this. I know a lot of sea salt caramel lovers who would love this though. It’s really salty but the sweetness of the cocoa and caramel balance it out.
Last one! Cinnamon Gingerbread Latte.
It’s just personal preference but I really didn’t like this one all that much. I still drank it because it was the only form of coffee I had; but I know I won’t be getting this again. I think it was too much spice, but I’ve never really been a fan of anything “spice” in general *coughs at pumpkin spice*
Personally the peppermint mocha wins my heart. Specifically the one at Peets though… They make the best ones I’ve ever had.