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Review by Philippa Lane

Philippa Lane ( Reporter

How about having a spot of tea or coffee?

At various times throughout the year, the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf invites people to sample their seasonal beverages for free. These are very special times in which the company invites people to try their newest lattes, teas, and ice blended selections.  Each promotion is different and special.  The latest promotional event that I attended was for the Blended Cinnamon French Toast Latte, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and the Caramelized Pear Tea latte.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ( Philippa Lane

I love to go to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf when they have these special promotions, because they give full size tea and coffee samples that are very delicious and have a unique flavor. On my most recent visit, I went with my daughter on a beautiful, sunny day and as we entered the building, we were greeted by the friendliest employee with the biggest smile that I have seen at a coffee establishment. Later on, I found out that the young lady, by the name of Rita, is the manager of the store.  Her demeanor, friendly attitude, and excellent customer service skills make her a wonderful role model and example for other employees that work at coffee establishments all over the world.   One thing that I dislike is going into a store or restaurant that has rude and unfriendly hostesses, waiters, or waitresses with sad dispositions or an uncaring attitude.  I have encountered many employees at various retail stores with this type of demeanor on several occasions and that is why I was so surprised by the warm and friendly baristas, atmosphere, and the quick, efficient service that I experienced at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Pasadena, California.

I usually do not like caffeinated coffee and because of this, I chose the decaffeinated Cinnamon French Toast Blended Latte and the same selection was chosen by my daughter.  The beverages were served to us promptly in tall, regular sized cups and we both enjoyed the lattes, but we also wanted to try the Classic Pumpkin Spice Ice Blended Latte too.  What is so nice about the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is that they let you try not just one particular beverage, but any tea or latte that they are promoting for that day.  I really prefer the Classic Pumpkin Spice Latte much better than the Cinnamon French Toast Latte Blended Drink, because it is made with a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and has a rich, distinctive flavor, while the Cinnamon French Toast Latte Blended Drink is made with maple, nut, cinnamon, and has a more subdued flavor.

All of the lattes come with whipped cream on the top, but if you do not want to have any whipped cream added to your beverage, just let them know and they will omit it. You can also have your beverage made hot or cold, based on your personal preference. In addition to the beverages aforementioned, the company was offering regular sized samples of their Caramelized Pear Tea Lattes with delicious notes of pear and caramel, which I would have tried, but was not able to that day.  

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to teas and lattes and that is why these special promotions by the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are so wonderful, because they give you a chance to try their new teas and lattes, decide which ones you like, and then purchase your selected favorite later on. 

Promotions are held about every three months at every Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf establishment around the Unites States and the beverages are reasonably priced.

If you like coffee, tea, or blended drinks that are unique, full of flavor and you like to try new, exotic flavors, then I suggest going to a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in your area for their special promotional “tasting” days.  You may discover the perfect tea or coffee that is just right for you. Enjoy!

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