Dragon Pearl Tea is grown organically in a fashion similar to techniques used for thousands of years, sustaining the ancient traditions of tea farming and culture in the Fujian Mountians. No chemicals are ever used in growing and processesing the tea.
From the street, Valley Grind's appearance hearkens back to the Wild West, its double doors and long, covered porch reminiscent of an old general store. Inside, paneled pine walls surround large wooden tables and an overstuffed leather sofa, and the sound of an espresso machine whirrs as baristas plunge the steam wand into a pitcher of milk. Foamy cappuccinos and flavored lattes only begin the menu, however. The team also blends fresh fruit into smoothies and layers bagels with cream cheese, veggies, and meats. In Valley Grind’s adjoining shop, patrons can pick up cute gifts such as candies, cards, hand towels, and other towels that only work on forearms.
Coffee Cat and Cafe Zoma satisfy caffeine cravings with a wide selection of freshly roasted fair-trade coffee drinks, and silence grumbling tummies with homemade baked goods, sandwiches, and crêpes. Perk up after an exhausting night of sleepskating with a foamy cappuccino ($3.50) or classic house brew ($1.90). Taste buds can nestle up to one of Coffee Cat’s specialty espresso drinks, such as the chocolate-raspberry mocha ($4.55) or honey-hazelnut latte ($4.20), served hot or iced, or the tantalizing selection of premium loose-leaf teas. Break up sipping, slurping, and gargling regimens with a morning-glory muffin—a freshly baked confection of coconut, carrot, cranberries, and walnuts—a slice of vegan zucchini bread, or a cherry-lemon scone. Homemade fluffy crêpes at the Coffee Cat location serve as a snuggly sleeping bag for sweet and savory concoctions, such as smoked ham, egg, and cheese ($6.95) or banana and Nutella ($6.75).
Twin Cups, a healthy-snack kiosk adjacent to the freeway, serves as a roadside oasis for patrons to grab quick, locally sourced treats using convenient drive-thru ordering. After noshers order from the menu at the kiosk and pull up to the curb, friendly staffers custom make nonfat, gluten-free fro-yo and brew cappuccinos to deliver to waiting cars or covered wagons. Order a plain frozen yogurt ($2.65+) or add a touch of sweetness with a choice of two blend-ins, such as raspberry, pineapple, and chocolate ($3.75 with blends). Infuse mornings with a hand-holding beach walk of tropical smoothie ($5.25) swirled with fresh orange juice, yogurt, and blends of pineapple, coconut, and mango. Drivers can also refuel stomach tanks with a medium americano ($2.35), cappuccino ($3.30), or house coffee ($1.85) and freshly baked cookies ($2).
Inside their landmark shop, the McConnell family has churned up super-premium ice creams from fresh California cream for more than 60 years. Showcasing radiant smiles and gleaming, steely forearms, scoop masters top a crisp waffle cone ($4.25) with one of more than 100 creamy flavors, 15 of which are served on a rotating basis, including mint chocolate chip, Brazilian coffee chip, and the seasonal pumpkin. Fresh drifts of nonfat frozen yogurt descend daily from the shop's machine to form inventive swirls in more than 35 flavors, each boasting 13 calories per ounce. Frigid flavors such as cookies and cream or Coffee Royale fill a cavernous small cup ($3.75), and white-chocolate raspberry or peanut butter whip up the perfect storm in a thick shake ($7.25). Ambitious eaters can tackle the popular ice cream pie: up to three flavors of ice cream or frozen yogurt are sandwiched between hot fudge and whipped cream, and served on choice of two crusts ($24.95).