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Move over, Pumpkin Spice Latte. There’s new winter coffee drinks in town! Discover the must-try coffee shops in La Mesa, plus a few winter coffee and tea recipes to make at home.

Best Coffee Shops in La Mesa

Dane Coffee Roasters

For a quaint and cozy coffee date, sit down at Dane Coffee Roasters, a family-owned coffee shop in La Mesa. High-quality beans are freshly roasted in house and used in speciality drinks, as well as your usual cold brew coffee and espressos. 

As you sip on your winter coffee drink, munch on fluffy muffins and freshly baked biscotti. Don’t forget to grab a bag of beans to-go with an image of London, the family’s Great Dane and the store’s namesake.  

Java Junction

Enjoy a quick shopping sesh and coffee in La Mesa during the week with a visit to Java Junction. This tiny shop at Grossmont Center serves up a wide variety of winter coffee drinks, as well as soothing teas. 

One of the coolest features of this spot is the selection of Keurig® K-Cups®. With over 250 flavors, you can brew your favorite on one of the store’s machines.

Once you’ve made your drink, browse the collection of gifts and goods perfect for coffee lovers and more. Whether you grab a customizable set of K-Cups® for a friend or window shop the wall art, candles, and coffee mugs, you’ll be sure to come back for more!

Person holding Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Coffee

The iconic Starbucks Coffee can also be found right here in La Mesa if you prefer bigger coffee shops. Go for one of the top winter coffee drinks, Pumpkin Spice Latte, or branch out with a Cinnamon Dolce Latte or Peppermint Mocha. 

Satisfy your tea cravings by choosing from a long list of hot tea drinks like the London Fog Tea Latte and Honey Citrus Mint Tea. There’s everything from herbal tea to green tea and everything in between.

To really get into the winter spirit, treat your taste buds to gingerbread biscotti and snowman cake pops with your drink.

Winter Coffee Recipes to Try at Home

White Chocolate Mocha

If you love chocolate, especially white chocolate, this winter coffee recipe will completely blow you away. It’s easy to make at home and a sweet addition for the holidays. Here’s the list of ingredients:

White Mocha Syrup and Latte

  • 6 cups prepared strong-brewed coffee (an espresso machine works the best with 1 shot for every 8 ounces)
  • 2 cups milk of choice (almond milk recommended)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • Prepared whipped cream

Homemade Whipped Cream (Optional)

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Butterscotch caramel coffee

Butterscotch Caramel Coffee

Cuddle up on a cold, winter evening and enjoy a butterscotch caramel coffee. This winter coffee recipe combines sweet caramel with the strong spice of cinnamon to create a rich, toasty treat. Make it yourself with these ingredients:

  • 1 large cup of coffee (about 10-12 ounces)
  • 2 pinches of cinnamon
  • 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps (substitute with butterscotch syrup for non-alcoholic version)
  • 1 ounce heavy whipping cream or half and half
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce and extra for drizzling on top
  • Whipped cream

Winter Tea Recipes to Make Yourself

Lemon Ginger Tea

Need a caffeine kick without drinking coffee? Lemon ginger tea is warming and will definitely give you the energy boost you need to get through the winter season. Try it at home with these ingredients:

  • 4 inches of fresh ginger root, unpeeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 thinly sliced lemon rinsed under hot water to remove any waxy residue

Hot Toddy

Ease your cold symptoms this winter with a yummy hot toddy! This tea drink has been proven to help with decongestion thanks to its combination of alcohol and hot water. Even if you don’t have a cold, a hot toddy is a splendid choice for lazy nights cozied up by the fire. Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 1 bag herbal tea (chamomile and peppermint are particularly tasty)
  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 slice of lemon

There’s nothing quite like a hot cup of coffee or tea to warm you up during chilly winter days. Visit these top coffee shops in La Mesa or bring delicious drinks to your own home by following these recipes! As you prepare for winter and the holiday season, read through some helpful holiday hosting tips to make this year’s celebrations better than ever.

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