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Viking Critiques- Holiday Coffee Review!

Many companies like to indulge in the Christmas spirit by offering holiday drinks and confections. Each company has their own specialty drink offered this winter, so The Saga sent out its editors and journalists to taste and review these festive treats:

 

-Alexis Oliver: Dutch Bros: Hazelnut Truffle Mocha- 

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“The nuttiness of the hazelnut compliments the classic mocha flavor in a way I really like, with a nice foam and drizzle on top. However, I didn’t really taste any truffle, so I give it a four out of five, because it’s a good coffee, but it isn’t exactly what they advertised. However, it does come in hot, cold, and blended options!”

 

-Anthony Vang: Dutch Bros: Candy Cane Cold Brew- 

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“Today I got the Candy Cane Cold Brew for the first time from DutchBros, and as someone who doesn’t like the taste of Iced coffee, I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this cold brew. The drink is a Christmas classic at DutchBros and contains a peppermint flavor that pairs well with the iced mocha acidity flavor, and soft cream on top with peppermint sprinkles. Also can be ordered as a nitro cold brew to increase the caffeine levels and to give more of a velvety texture. But the downside is that you lose some of the peppermint flavoring of the Candy Cane Cold Brew and in return a more powerful yet bitter caffeine drink.”

 

-Greta Hauser: Coffee Ranch- Snickerdoodle Latte- 

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Going to Coffee Ranch was such a delightful experience. With their cozy outdoor setting and the cheer of Christmas music still ringing in my ears, my heart feels full. I got the Snickerdoodle Latte. And all that I can say is that it was the definition of Christmas in a cup. Still having the very defined “coffee” flavor, but was able to give a sweet taste much resembling a cookie. I also happened to order their peanut butter cookie off of the holiday menu. The only word to describe that cookie is gone. It broke my cookie standards…packed with peanut butter and a soft chewy caramelized texture, the consistency melted in my mouth. My favorite thing about Coffee Ranch was the temperature of their coffee. Normally I’m cautious when taking the first sip of what I’m drinking, fearing for it to be too hot and burn my tongue. That however did not happen, instead I was welcomed with the sweet flavor of whipped cream, instantly protecting me from a potential tongue burn. Even when the cream had melted away I was still left with a 5/5 coffee. 

 

Abigail Harrell: Starbucks: Iced peppermint Mocha

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I have always been an avid fan of Starbucks’ seasonal drinks, especially their Christmas ones. So when they were released, I enthusiastically got my usual holiday order, an Iced Peppermint Mocha. You get the option to get the drink iced or hot, so I choose iced. (Even in cold weather I will still get a cold drink). I got the drink with whipped cream for an extra treat and it went really well with the drink. It was really good flavor wise. It has a nice peppermint taste mixed with chocolate which blended really well. Surprisingly, I think the peppermint taste was not as strong as last year. I usually like stronger flavors in my coffee so I was a little sad (even though it tasted lovely still.) I will say I do think other coffee shops have some perfect Christmas drinks compared to Starbucks. Overall though, I give Starbucks a ⅘ for their peppermint mocha!

 

-Lyla Kinney: Human Bean’s Blended peppermint mocha granita

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After asking the employee what seasonal drink she recommended, she said that the blended granita with mocha was her favorite! Since I like peppermint and chocolate, I had high hopes for this drink! My first impressions were that the drink had a great amount of whipped cream, yummy peppermint chips, and it was very chocolatey. It was a little syrupy but surprisingly not overly sweet! It was more minty than peppermint-y but I didn’t mind at all, in my opinion it tasted like a mint chocolate milkshake or maybe an Andes mint! Since this was a great festive drink with few flaws, I give it a 4.5/5!

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Abigail Harrell, Editor-In-Chief
Abigail (Abbey) Harrell is so excited to return to the SAGA as the Editor-in-Chief! She cannot wait to spread the news and voices of our community. Though many like to think otherwise, Abbey is a sophomore and is in love with the creative side of things. You can catch her writing, performing in a musical, or  hanging out with her friends. Abbey has always had a passion for writing and journalism from a young age and is so happy to have an outlet for her creativity. When not stressing over chemistry homework, she is definitely working on her articles. She hopes to one day become a journalist or a news anchor in the future.
Greta Hauser, Executive Editor
A sophomore at Pleasant Valley High School, Greta Hauser is very dedicated to her job as editor on the paper. Where she writes articles and edits. Ever since freshman year she has been committed herself to working on the Pleasant Valley’s Newspaper; aka the SAGA. Participating in school spirit days, going to football games, and supporting fundraisers is all part of her school spirit! In her spare time; she enjoys the simplicity of baking and cooking. She’s always striving and looking for new recipes to create. This year she's hoping to find a new dedication to put her time into. She is to continue her work on the paper for the next four years, until she graduates as a senior. If anybody is interested in past articles that she has written, use this link Greta Hauser – The Saga
Alexis Oliver, Staff Writer
A junior at Pleasant Valley High School, Alexis Oliver is joining the Saga Newspaper this year to further her passion in all things language. Studying Spanish, Japanese, and American Sign Language, Alexis loves linguistics and enjoys reading books and writing poetry and short stories in her free time, as well as dabbling in gardening and giving back to the community via volunteering. Hoping to pursue linguistics into adulthood, Alexis plans on teaching English across the world, and continuing to teach languages upon her return to the U.S.
Anthony Vang, Photographer
A freshman from Pleasant Valley High School. Anthony Vang is delighted to start his first year in the Saga Newspaper club! He is very bright and tolerant towards his peers and staff members. Anthony makes sure to do his work in a clear and self-sufficient manner, and tries to get his work finished before deadlines. But that doesn't mean he is not willing to help others who are in need of studying or a little tutoring work with their assignments. Anthony loves seeing the bright smiles and laughter of those he can call his friends. Moreover, Anthony wants to help those who aren't so fortunate enough to stand on their own and for the world to hear their voice. If you see Anthony in the hallways or the Quads don't be afraid to say "hello" to him.
Lyla Kinney, Editor
Lyla Kinney is an incoming freshman this year, and a new addition to the PV Newspaper. Lyla loves journalism, especially when she gets to speak her mind. She is a hard worker, and you can often find her helping her classmates. Although math is her mortal enemy, she will never turn down an opportunity to learn a new skill. One of Lyla's biggest goals is to attend USC, but for now she is just aiming for good grades. She is excited to join SAGA and become an asset to the club!

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