Four editors sampled hot chocolate from six local spots on a recent 29-degree day. Disses were thrown. Drinks were spilled. In the end, only one cup of goodness could win all the marshmallows.
Here’s how it went down.
|The Contenders||The Vibe||The Order||The Prices||The Talk||The Verdict|
|Crooked Tree||Relaxed—tons of regulars chatted with the baristas. Side note: Do you like Christian Bible studies? This is the place for you. These are happening here.||Hot chocolate||$3 (one size fits all)||There might be a reason this place attracts the Christian soldiers. The hot chocolate here is very wholesome—it tasted and looked like warm chocolate milk.||Three marshmallows|
|White Rock Coffee||“Vibes” are for people who don’t have kids or demanding jobs. This White Rock Coffee outpost is drive-thru only.||Large hot chocolate||$2.95||Sugary and sweet, this is the stuff we remember from our childhood.||Two marshmallows|
|La Duni||Casual refinement. Pretty people who had just completed a workout at nearby Flywheel gather for a leisurely breakfast. Service is also leisurely.||Large hot chocolate||$5.25||This was by far the hottest, darkest, and spiciest of the bunch. If you want a nutty, rich, complex, almost savory hot chocolate, this one’s for you.||Four marshmallows|
|Mudsmith||A haven for coffee snobs and green-juice-loving hipsters. Not-so-struggling artist types abound; one man in a beret was preparing for a business call from Germany.||Hot chocolate||$3.79||Our cup tasted a bit like it hadn’t been properly mixed up. It left us with a funny aftertaste.||Two marshmallows|
|Chocolate Secrets||What is going on in this place? Everyone who works here is so happy and friendly.||Hot chocolate with peppermint, chocolate shavings, and whipped cream||$3.90||Do you like happiness and goodness and Christmas? This is the cup for you. If you don’t, move on. But you’re dumb and making a huge mistake.||Five marshmallows|
|Pearl Cup||Office-building deli meets hipster poetry slam.||Large hot chocolate||$3.75||We were very underwhelmed—it tasted like water served in an old cup. Said one lady, “It tastes the way a doctor’s office smells.”||Zero marshmallows|