Acre's cortado coffee drink is one of the 10 best in Sonoma County

Acre’s cortado coffee drink is one of the 10 best in Sonoma County. Photo: Jenna Fischer

Somewhere between artisanal coffee pour-overs with a side of smirk (no cream, no sugar you cretin) and a cotton candy Frappuccino are espresso-based coffee drinks. Punched up with milk, a few spices, cocao powder or (mostly) natural syrups, they’re cool weather sippers to warm your heart and hands.

After a highly-unscientific poll of friends, family and social media, here’s a list of the 10 Best Coffee Drinks in Sonoma County...favorites that pass the BiteClub taste test (in no particular order).

Bangkok coffee drink at Flying Goat. Photo: Ben Seto, <a href="http://focussnapeat.com/exploring-coffee-at-flying-goat-coffee-in-santa-rosa/">FOCUS:SNAP:EAT</a>

Bangkok coffee drink at Flying Goat, one of the best in Sonoma County coffee culture. Photo: Ben Seto, FOCUS:SNAP:EAT

The Bangkok: Sweetened-condensed milk meets lushly-roasted coffee for a taste that’s both exotic and familiar. Flying Goat, 324 Center St., Healdsburg; 10 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

The Valentino Coffee drink at A'Roma Roasters in Santa Rosa. Photo: Jenna Fischer

The Valentino Coffee drink at A’Roma Roasters in Santa Rosa. Photo: Jenna Fischer

The Valentino: Gelato, espresso, and coconut syrup blended with whipped cream, A’roma Roasters, 95 Fifth St., Santa Rosa.

The Pumpkin Latte at Taylor Maid Coffee

The Pumpkin Latte at Taylor Maid Coffee. Photo: Taylor Maid Coffee

Pumpkin Latte: Fall in a cup, with organic, house made pumpkin syrup, Taylor Maid Farms, 6790 McKinley St., #170, Sebastopol.

The Kicker at Dutch Brothers coffee

The Kicker at Dutch Brothers Coffee, one of the best coffee drinks in Sonoma County. Photo: Jenna Fischer

The Kicker: Espresso and Irish cream served up with a side of youthful enthusiasm and short shorts at Dutch Bros. Coffee, 1300 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa.

Bella Rosa White Lavender Mocha

Bella Rosa White Lavender Mocha. Photo: Bella Rosa

White Lavender Mocha: A white chocolate mocha with just a hint of floral lavender. Inside their recently-opened cafe and roastery. Bella Rosa Coffee Company, 5491 Skylane Blvd. #116, Santa Rosa.

Aztec Mocha at Plank Coffee in Cloverdale. Photo: Matt Riney

Aztec Mocha at Plank Coffee in Cloverdale. Photo: Matt Riney

Aztec Mocha: Dark chocolate, three types of chiles and rosewater make this mocha a standout. Plus, we just love the agro-chic interior. 227 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale.

Mint to Be Vietnamese Coffee from Phinbar. Photo: Heather Irwin

Mint to Be Vietnamese Coffee from Phinbar. Photo: Heather Irwin

Mint to Be: Vietnamese Iced Coffee (aka rocket fuel) meets muddled mint and homemade organic condensed milk. You’ll want two, but drink with caution if you plan to sleep in the next two days. PhinBar, West End Farmer’s Market (817 Donahue St., Santa Rosa) on Sundays from 9a.m. to 2p.m.

Cafe Latte at Brew Coffee, Tea and Beer in Santa Rosa. (Heather Irwin/The Press Democrat)

Cafe Latte at Brew Coffee, Tea and Beer in Santa Rosa. (Heather Irwin/The Press Democrat)

Just a Latte: Two faves for this simple drink of espresso and milk with no frills. Rosso Rosticerria, makes it proper, and if you get there early enough, you can sip it with the world’s greatest bacon scone, 129 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa. Brew Coffee and Beer for their carefully curated seasonal espresso that makes the whole thing extra special. 555 Healdsburg Ave., Santa Rosa

Acre's cortado coffee drink is one of the 10 best in Sonoma County

Acre’s cortado coffee drink is one of the 10 best in Sonoma County. Photo: Jenna Fischer

Cortado: Served in a 4oz tumbler (a little bigger than a shot glass), this little caffeine shooter is an espresso with a bit of steamed milk and foam. ACRE Coffee, 21 Fourth St., Petaluma, acrecoffee.com

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Cuban Coffee with Cream at Rumba Cuban Kitchen. Photo: Heather Irwin

Cuban Coffee with Cream at Rumba Cuban Kitchen. Photo: Heather Irwin

 

West End Market's Retrograde latte with cinnamon

West End Market’s Retrograde latte with cinnamon

 

Affogado at Vignette Pizzeria in Sebastopol

Affogado at Vignette Pizzeria in Sebastopol

 

 A beautiful swan at Bella Rosa coffee A beautiful swan at Bella Rosa coffee

A beautiful swan at Bella Rosa coffee