The Un-Frappuccino

Discover the brave new world of iced coffee drinks

When it comes to cool, sweet caffeinated drinks, the big coffee chains have nothing on our indie coffeehouses. Leave the cloying syrups and chalky powders behind for these refreshing alternatives.

For something with Latin flair, get one of the iced mochas ($3.50) at Eagle Rock's new Cacao Mexicatessen. The earthy, sugar-tinged brew (pictured) is a mixture of Chiapas espresso, Oaxacan chocolate, vanilla, almonds and cinnamon. For more heat, get one spiced with chile de arbol and chipotle powders.

At Highland Park's Café de Leche, the noncaffeinated Iced Cacao ($2.50) is a slightly gritty concoction made with milk, freshly ground and toasted cacao pods, and agave nectar. In Nicaragua, it's served in a bag with a straw; here it comes in a glass over ice.

The drinks at L.A.'s gourmet coffeehouses can almost double as dessert. For LA Mill's Blanca y Negro ($6.50), shards of coffee ice (made from their house brew) are topped with a scoop of pastry chef Adrian Vasquez's lush Madagascar vanilla ice cream. It's a crunchy, creamy treat that gets even better as it melts.

Both Intelligentsia locations offer the Iced Angeleno ($5): four pulled shots of Black Cat espresso shaken with ice, agave nectar and rich Straus milk. Most iced lattes pale in comparison to this perfectly sweetened, frothy drink.

CaCao Mexicatessen 1576 Colorado Blvd Los Angeles CA 90041 323-478-2791 Cafe de Leche 5000 York Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90042 323-551-6828 LA Mill Coffee Boutique 1636 Silver Lake Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90026 323-663-4441 Intelligentsia 3922 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90029 323-663-6173 Intelligentsia 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90291
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