I have been here twice and have gotten the white mocha both times. I ordered it the first time and it was perfect - not too sweet (a lot of places make theirs sickeningly sweet), not too strong, etc. They took several minutes to make it (there was no one in front of us), so that made me and my sister think they took the time to make a good one! My sister got the regular mocha and she loved hers as well!
We went upstairs to find some seating, which was difficult to find on a Friday afternoon (I guess it's the place to be?), but we found a couple chairs and a small table by a window. The upstairs no longer has books like people mentioned in past reviews - it just has chairs, couches, bar stools, etc. It is quite small upstairs, so there is not actually that much seating. Downstairs has tables and chairs and bar stools looking out the windows. It is very cute and cozy. Me and my sister decided to come back because of the good mochas we got and the laid-back atmosphere.
The second time we went, we both ordered the same drinks as last time, but were disappointed to find that they had jipped us off by not filling up our cups all the way. There was about an inch or so off the top that they didn't give us. So that kind of made us irritated, because the drink was $4 for a small, and we didn't get about 1/4 of the drink. My only complaints about Espresso News - it is pretty expensive, the people working there aren't very friendly, and they can cheat you out of some of your money by not giving you exactly what you paid for.
But Espresso News would be the perfect place to go on a chilly day to get a hot coffee and have a cozy place to chill out for a while, while you study, do homework, read, or just hang out with your friends. Which is exactly what a lot of people do. And some of these people stay for HOURS, which is not really fair to those who paid for drinks and can't find a place to sit, but I guess that's what you get with a small place that sells good food/ drinks. I recommend Espresso News to anyone who wants a good cup of coffee, even if they are willing to pay a little more for it.
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