The Bean Barn
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Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group
Although it was nearly 2 p.m. when my friend and I pulled into The Bean Barn’s drive-thru, I was in dire need of a caffeine fix. I’m not normally a coffee drinker but it’d been a long, hectic day and since I wouldn’t even have to leave my car, I decided to find out why the barn was voted “Favorite Independent Coffee/Tea Place” by Style readers. The menu features most coffee shop staples—white mochas, chai tea, iced lattes and muffins—but there are a few drinks you won’t find elsewhere, like the Chocolate Eclipse and Red Bull Twist. The barista informed us that the blended Toffee Coffee was their bestseller but that she loved their newest drink, the Blended Oreo Cookie Mocha. We opted for both, and when she asked if we wanted “everything on it,” we simultaneously said yes. In the case of my drink, the Toffee Coffee, this meant toffee and chocolate syrup swirls and whipped cream; and for my friend’s drink, chocolate swirls, whipped cream and actual Oreo cookies crumbled on top. The first sip was a perfect blend of coffee and toffee, and the real whipped cream made the last sip even better. With its friendly service and delicious coffee, The Bean Barn certainly has our vote. The Bean Barn, 428 Placerville Drive, Placerville, 530-957-0602.