The holidays got to Providence way too early. But now that we’ve reached the Thanksgiving turning point, we can officially pull out the festive pajama pants without being met with confused stares. I personally like to celebrate the holidays with some drank— and by drank, you know I mean coffee. If you’re like me, most of your college budget goes to coffee, which unfortunately has resulted in my becoming somewhat of a coffee snob. So I’m here to help you quench that festive drink craving by compiling a list of where to go and what to order at some of the East Side’s finest warm beverage establishments.
Tealuxe’s Tea-Infused Hot Chocolate: Before you judge me for not choosing their famous Chaider, allow me to explain. Yes, their Chaider is the bomb. Yes, you can find it elsewhere, from Blue State to your very own kitchen. Hot Cocoa with tea, however, is an interesting specialty. If you’re still not convinced, try it with Caramel Crême Brûlée and then get back to me (or Royal Coconut or Peppermint). Available with skim, whole, or soy milk. Price: $4.44 for a regular
Blue State’s Chaider: So…maybe I did snub Tealuxe’s Chaider to spotlight Blue State’s take on the drink. Sue me. But here’s why Blue State’s Chaider is a bit more special, as explained by BlogDH’s own Victoria Soto: “We make our Chaider differently (and I’ve heard better and cheaper!) than Tealuxe: we use half cider and half chai mixture as opposed to just steeping chai tea in hot cider. We do our ciders and chaiders hot or iced, just like our chai lattes… We can also steam the cider with cinnamon and/or caramel if people want it, which makes it taste like apple pie.” Your counterargument is invalid. Price: $3.25 for a small
Starbucks’ Peppermint Mocha: Ah, the comforting taste of Corporate America. Starbucks is the staple of holiday-themed beverages, and its Peppermint Mocha is (according to our poll) the favorite late-fall drink on campus. It’s a classic. If you’re scared the Peppermint Mocha will be the prelude to the unavoidable holiday weight gain, don’t worry — you can order a Skinny Peppermint Mocha and set your conscience free. Price: $4.05 for a tall
Providence Coffee Roasters’ Gingerbread Latte: Gingerbread is not everyone’s cup of tea, but this latte is smooth and subtle enough that you won’t even feel bad for consuming Gingy‘s second cousin. I can’t help but stress how PCR’s convenience is its main appeal. It’s generally parked on George St. right by the Main Green, so you’re standing excuse that everything is an excruciating distance from your booth in the Blue Room isn’t workin’ on us. Price: $3.25 for a small
Coffee Exchange’s Pumpkin Latte: Coffee Exchange arguably makes the best lattes. So if you’re just looking for a latte with some autumnal flair, look no further than Wickenden. It’s a little pricier than Thayer, but the extra laundry quarters and the walk down Benefit St. are definitely worth the cost (and benefit!). Price: $4.21 for a small