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A Look at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Fall 2012 Menu

Last week, I got the chance to head down to the new Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf location in Huntington Beach, Calif. to try their fall drink offerings–available through November–and while there wasn’t anything particularly “buzz-worthy” anywhere in the line, CB&TL definitely knows what it’s doing, and knows how to do it well.

Take a gander:

Chocolate and Amaretto Espresso Con Pannas: two shots of espresso and a thick layer of chocolate or amaretto sauce topped with whipped cream, available either to-go (not as pretty) or drink-in (just the right amount of pretty–pictured) for $3.15.

Pumpkin and Amaretto Lattes and Ice Blendeds: one familiar and one not-so familiar fall flavor, but each completely worth every single creamy calorie; available from 12 through 32 ounces (for the Ice Blendeds), $3.75 to $6.35.

(Not pictured: Amaretto Latte)

Black Currant Jasmine Tea: an acceptable autumnal tribute for the (seasonally neglected) tea drinker in your life, featuring Pouchong Oolong blended with jasmine flowers and other all natural flavors; each sale of the ~$10 retail tin also sends $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Get Giving.

And finally, the Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake: baked fresh every morning and delivered to each location, this yellow cupcake topped with peanut butter icing and raspberry jam was surprisingly mild and a solid dessert to round a hard morning of driving and tasting and stuff.

While visiting, I also caught wind of a new, “never before done” drink flavor in the works in commemoration of CB&TL’s 50th anniversary next year, but, as is the way, that spark was quickly killed by the food media embargo gods.

In the meantime, I can say at least that the new fall drinks and goods (as well as the new-ish, surf-inspired HB location) are definitely worth popping in for. Let the holiday season binging commence.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
200 Main St #109
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 960-1582