Coffee Shops

Coffee Shops

Makani Robertson, Head Editor

All around the high desert, there is a variety of coffee shops.  Each with their own unique menu and environment.  I went to seven different coffee shops and got a Caramel Frappuccino from each place to compare. 


The closest Coffee shop to Sultana High School is a tie between Starbucks and Sessions Coffee.  Starbucks is one of the most well known coffee shops and they have establishments all over the United States. Starbucks is most known for their frappuccinos.  Their Caramel Frappuccino was decent, but not the best.  I would rate it a 8/10, it had a nice consistency when I first got it, but turned watery very fast.  It was a tad too sweet, but not that overpowering, and overall it tasted pretty good.  


Sessions coffee is the other coffee shop closest to Sultana.  When I walked into Sessions, it was a really cozy and modern looking environment, which I highly enjoyed.  Their “Caramel Frappuccino” is called a blended caramel Brulee latte.  I noticed that out of all the coffee shops I went to, they were the only ones who asked what type of milk I wanted in my coffee, which I liked the thought of.  Their caramel frappuccino was sweet, it had a middle ground coffee taste, not too strong or too dull.   Overall, I would rate it a 9/10.  


Tonyan coffee is the coffee shop that has been rated “Best of the Desert” for four years in a row.  Their building kind of gives the vibe of a factory, which I thought was pretty cool and unique.  Their “Caramel Frappuccino” is categorized as a blended caramel coffee.  It had lots of caramel, but still tasted like coffee. I would rate it a solid 8/10.

My personal favorite coffee shop that I went to was Six Beans.  Their building differs from the rest in the way that it is purely a drive-thru.  Their “Caramel Frappuccino ” is called a caramel freeze frappuccino.  It had a pretty strong coffee taste, which I liked, and a minor taste of caramel.  The only complaint I have about it is that there was minimal whipped cream.  I would rate this frappuccino a 9.8/10, being the highest ranked out of all of them.  


On the other hand, my least favorite coffee shop that I went to, contrary to popular belief, was Dutch Bros.  Their “Caramel Frappuccino” is called a Caramelizer Freeze.  I’m not sure if it was the specific drink I got, or the day that I went, but the caramel frap that I got was overall pretty bad.  It was really watery even when I first got it, and had barely any caramel flavor, it mostly just tasted like really watered down sugary coffee. This frap. was a 4/10 for me.  


My second favorite coffee place is Bad Ass Coffee.  When I walked in, it was like I was transported to a beach in Hawaii.  Their “caramel frappuccino” was called a Caramel Wave.  It tasted almost exactly the same as the one from Six Beans but had a slightly stronger caramel flavor.  I would rate it a solid 8.8/10. 


The last place I went for a caramel frap. was The Grind.  The Grind has a very homey environment, and seems like the type of coffee shop you could read for hours in, or go on a date, or do homework at.  Their caramel frappuccino is just called a caramel frappuccino.   Out of all of the places I went to, this caramel frap. had the most potent amount of caramel.  I preferably d

not like it to be too sweet, and it was, but this frappuccino would be good for all the people who like a lot of caramel or sweetness.  I would rate it a 6.5/10.  


Some of these coffee places are very underrated, mostly because the brand names drown them out.  Even though Starbucks and Dutch Bros. are still good places, there are potentially better small businesses to go with your support and love for coffee.