Warm up with some tasty drinks

Kait Quinn and Brianna Robbins – 1851 Staff

Brianna and Kaitlyn venture out to experiment three different hot beverage places near Lasell College. The price, quality and ease of getting in will be analyzed. The establishments that will be sampled are Dunkin’ Donuts in Auburndale, J.P. Licks in Newton Centre and Peet’s Coffee in Newton Centre. Brianna is going to specifically have hot chocolate and Kaitlyn will specifically have pumpkin spice lattes.

Dunkin’ Donuts

2096 Commonwealth Avenue Auburndale, MA 02466 (617) 964-0622

Bri- A medium hot chocolate costs $2.09. Whipped cream makes it the best winter drink out there! It is thick and sweet. It is extremely hot and one must wait a little while before drinking it. However, before the last few sips the hot chocolate needs to be thrown out due to the chocolate that settles to the bottom.  3 out of 5 stars

Kait- A medium hot pumpkin latte will cost you $2.59. It is hot and spiced with a touch of sugar. It has the perfect amount of pumpkin flavoring. It is a well-known drink and very delicious. It is served extremely hot, maybe a little too hot, so be careful. It also can be a little sugary and sweet. But overall, it is not too tart or bitter.  4 out of 5 stars

J.P. Licks

46 Langley Road Newton Centre, MA 02459 (617) 244-0666

Bri- A medium hot chocolate, which is about 16 ounces, costs $3.37. The service is friendly and fast. The temperature of the hot chocolate is perfect. It is not too hot. It is thick and creamy with a tasty pinch of cinnamon. It is not watered down, but instead has the perfect amount of chocolate taste to it. It can be ordered with or without whipped cream.  5 out of 5 stars

Kait- For $3.65, you can get a medium, 12 ounces of a perfect pumpkin spice latte. Flavored with cinnamon, the drink is frothy and at a temperature that you can indulge in instantly. There is an espresso flavor that is prominent, making the pumpkin just sweet enough for flavoring. There is no bitterness or poor aftertaste. The service is very quick.  5 out of 5 stars

Peet’s Coffee

776 Beacon Street Newton Centre, MA 02459 (617) 244-1577

Bri- A small hot chocolate costs $2.68. The atmosphere is a perfect coffee shop setting with friendly staff. When ordering the drink, I was given the choice of what kind of milk I wanted. I chose nonfat. There are lots of choices to add to the drink such honey, cinnamon, cocoa, milk, nutmeg, and sugar. However, the taste of the hot chocolate is horrible. The hot chocolate does not have any flavor of chocolate to it. The drink is very watered down. It is not even hot! It was luke warm at best.  1 out of 5 stars

Kait- For an adorable atmosphere, and friendly wait staff, the pumpkin latte is a disap- pointment. The beverage is watery and very bitter. For $4.35, this medium sized drink is certainly not worth it. The wait is too long and there is really no taste of pumpkin or really much taste at all. The drink came out cold and lacked flavor.  1 out of 5 stars

After trying all three locations, Bri and Kait both agreed that JP Licks was a better choice when it came to taste. Even though Dunkin Donuts was the cheapest, the flavor was too sweet and did not taste like real chocolate. Peet’s Coffee was just disappointing. There was no flavor and was not hot. The price at JP Licks was the most expensive, but once you taste either the hot chocolate or pumpkin latte, the price no longer matters.

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