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It’s Cool to Be Bold

    The quest continues—for coffee milkshakes that caffeinate, ARE icy, rich and thick and knock you out with flavor. Not so very long ago, after a hectic morning of shopping, I stopped in at Peet’s feeling thirsty and noticed something, among the chilly drinks, called Caffe Freddo Extra Bold. It’s not strictly a milkshake, because it has ice and no ice cream. But the other attributes are there—the robustness of real coffee heading the list.
    My most regular Peet’s, and therefore the place I’ve had most of my Freddo Bolds, is the Park Street location. The barista recently explained, as I watched, that three shots of Peet’s special espresso, brewed fresh, go into the large Freddo Extra Bold ($3.95). He offers a choice of milk, so you can go for whole, low fat, nonfat—or soy. He adds three scoops of a prepared dry mix. The ingredients listed on the label include sugar, vanilla powder and cocoa powder. My one preference would be lighter on the sugar, but because it is premixed, this option isn’t available. If truth be told, Peet’s is already lighter on the sugar than its competitors, and the fact that this Berkeley institution, now roasting its beans right here in Alameda, promises all natural ingredients more than compensates. The blend of espresso, milk, powder mix and ice creates—voilà!—a great coffee milkshake alternative.
    The regular Caffe Freddo (large $3.75), I learned, has no shots of espresso. It’s made with regular coffee brewed twice as strong. I say, be bold!
    Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 1365 Park St., 6 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun.,  (510) 473-0136, www.peets.com.
—By Wanda Hennig
—Photography by Paul Skrentny

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