Great Bear Coffee

Peninsula and South Bay, California

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This is a nice, quaint coffee shop in downtown Los Gatos and it has some decent vegan baked goods as well (a cupcake, biscotti, and one other thing).

We shared a pot of Jasmine tea (~$3); while the tea was good, Great Bear's selection disappointed me on a whole. They lack loose-leaf varieties (they only have two that are loose-leaf) and the rest are standard bagged types that you can get at any old grocery store. Given the coolness of this coffee shop, you'd expect to see classier stuff.

We also had a vegan chocolate cupcake (~$3). It looked like a cupcake but, in actuality, the cake portion was as dense as a brownie and the frosting was as thick as fudge. As such, this was really a fudge-topped brownie in the shape of a cupcake. That said, it was really tasty: the chocolate was subdued and retained a solid cocoa-flavor and there wasn't a hint of dryness in either the cake or frosting. It was also nicely decorated (with a small pink flower swirl on top).

If Great Bear had a couple types of vegan cookies, they'd warrant another star.

All told, though, Great Bear is a solid spot and I'd be happy to return.

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