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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: BOGO Any Drink for Valentine’s Day

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Here’s a fast food Valentine’s Day deal you might actually enjoy/won’t make you look like the worst boy or girlfriend in the world. (McDonald’s for Valentine’s? Really?)

On Friday, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is cashing in on all the couple-themed lovin’ by offering a buy one get one free deal for any drink on the menu. Go splitsies with your boo or best gal friend, or simply shower some extra affection on your absolute favorite person in the world: you.

The offer is only applicable Friday, February 14.

CB&TL + U = <3 5EVA

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FIRST LOOK: New Toffee Nut Latte and Toffee Nut Ice Blended from Coffee Bean (and a $1 Open House)

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Few coffee shops capture the utter bipolarness of a Southern California winter better than The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Their newest seasonal offerings, a Toffee Nut Latte and Toffee Nut Ice Blended, are perfect examples of the 50-year- old chain’s SoCal roots. Available hot or cold, you can enjoy yours either bundled up in a peacoat and infinity scarf, or out on a sunny patio waiting for your yoga class.

Starting this week, CB&TL released its winter line of beverages, bringing back its popular Red Velvet Hot Cocoa, Peppermint Mocha, and Winter Dream Tea Lattes, and introducing the faintly butterscotch-flavored Toffees. We were invited to a Coffee Bean location in Los Angeles yesterday to preview the spread before the chain’s Holiday Open House this Thursday, November 7 from 2 to 6 pm at all participating locations. Each 12-ounce holiday drink will be available for only $1, with proceeds going to The Help Group, a charity for children with learning disabilities.

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Check out a few of our photos from the tasting below:

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Neither too bitter nor too sweet, CB&TL’s Red Velvet Hot Cocoa is perfect for kids or adults looking to get their Rudolph on.

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Very chocolate-forward, the Peppermint Mocha was my least favorite of the bunch, but would probably be greatly improved by a sriracha candy cane stirrer.

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The Winter Dream Tea Latte is your basic chai, remixed with extra oomph. Cinnamon comes off a bit strong though.

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Pro-tip: get the Toffee Nut Latte for a subtley-sweet hit of butterscotch, and the Ice Blended version for something a bit more vibrant. Both were perfectly nutty and caramelly, though, and excellent alternatives to all the pumpkin-this, peppermint-that, and salted caramel-everything else.

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Gratuitous topographical shot.

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We also tried a few of their pastries: a maple scone, lemon-coconut cake, and the “World’s Best Coffee Cake.” Nothing too noteworthy there, except that they were all surprisingly moist, and are made locally every morning and shipped to each CB&TL location.

Onward, for bonus bakery-porn:

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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.

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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