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Latte lovers’ guide to Walla Walla

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As coursework piles up and the daylight dwindles, you may find yourself craving a caffeine pick-up. But where to find your fix? I headed to three local coffee shops and tried a nonfat latte at each. Here’s the latte lowdown on Reid Espresso, the Main Street Starbucks and the Colville Street Patisserie.

Credit: Caitlin Hardee

Scaldingly hot and unfailingly acrid, the lattes at Reid are possibly the worst java for your buck in Walla Walla. The café brews Starbucks coffee, so the difference between the two products lies with the technique of the Bon Appétit baristas, the equipment, or both. The flavor resembles a burnt piece of toast laden with rancid butter. Most egregiously, these lattes are consistently devoid of foam. They appear to contain some kind of heated dairy product, but it’s decidedly lacking in froth––a disgrace to the name of latte. Meanwhile, the $3.25 price for a 12 oz. latte makes this not only the worst of the three lattes, but also the most expensive. The only conceivable reason to grab coffee here? Convenience. For students in a rush, Reid provides a more immediate location than the coffee shops downtown.

Starbucks’ nonfat latte simmers at a drinkable temperature with a nice layer of foam. The latte has a smooth flavor, although it’s a little bland. The Starbucks on Main Street offers a comfortable environment to study or relax with friends, and prices are fairly cheap at $2.72 for a 12 oz. latte.

The Colville Street Patisserie’s nonfat latte is bursting with rich, multi-textured flavor to satisfy even the most demanding coffee connoisseur. Every aspect down to the hue of the brew, swirling in soft shades of warm mahogany, shows more depth and dimension than either of the other two lattes. If you stay there to enjoy your drink, they’ll serve it with intricate designs in the foam in a nice ceramic mug. And with the Patisserie’s lovely modern interior design, done in stone and beautiful curving surfaces and adorned with art, hanging out for a few minutes is anything but difficult. $3.15 for a 12 oz. latte.

All prices are listed with tax included.

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4 Responses to “Latte lovers’ guide to Walla Walla”

  1. JR on October 13th, 2011 11:51 am

    There is also a decent range of coffee offerings at Walla Walla Bread Company, Olive, brasserie four, Coffee Perk and a host of drive-thru kisoks around town…

  2. frannienunn on October 17th, 2011 8:51 pm

    Coffee Perk is GREAT, I’m a little sad you didn’t get there. Try the Honey-Almond latte, DELICIOUS. 🙂

  3. MP on October 19th, 2011 5:49 pm

    Brasserie Four also boasts great Stumptown coffee! Lattes, americanos, cappuccinos, you name it.

  4. Josh on January 5th, 2012 7:29 am

    You can’t beat the people over at Colville Street Patisserie either-its owners are some of the nicest and frendliest around!

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