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Lodi coffee: not worth the money

New drive-thru café is enjoyable but overpriced
Helen Nang

Editors’ note: The previous version of this story incorrectly stated that all of Lodi’s menu items were $10 or higher.

Lodi Coffee opened up over the summer on Highway 17. It is a drive through coffee shop with around 100 items on the menu varying from lattes, refreshers, muffins, and breakfast sandwiches. The prices of the croissants are fair for the size you are getting, but the proportions are so big I couldn’t even finish my croissant.

The croissant was so thick and mushy that I took two bites and was done.

I got the turkey and swiss croissant with an iced caramel latte and I wasn’t able to finish either of them. Don’t get me wrong, the croissant and coffee both tasted really good but by the fourth bite, I was so sick of it. I paid $17 for my croissant and coffee.

There is no instance where that is justifiable. For the size of the croissant, the price was reasonable but since I couldn’t finish it, that meant I was wasting more than half of it. I also tried the chocolate croissant and the strawberry vanilla matcha.

The chocolate croissant was really it but it took a couple bites to actually get to the chocolate, and by the time you were actually eating the chocolate ,you were already full from the croissant. The chocolate was nice and gooey and the croissant had a good, soft texture.

The strawberry vanilla matcha was a little odd. There were so many different flavors that I just can’t describe and not in a good way. It was extremely sweet, and the matcha part still tasted a bit like grass but with the strawberry vanilla on top just made it taste weird.

Overall, I’d probably go again but nothing beats a Starbucks latte and breakfast sandwich. With the amount of items on the menu, I would definitely like to go back and try some of the other drinks and treats, but I will have to make it a once or twice a month kind of trip. Although the prices are a little outrageous, I till enjoyed the taste of my coffee and croissant. With that being said,
I think you should definitely still try it for yourself.

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    JGDec 15, 2023 at 9:12 AM

    Lodi’s syrups are made in-house using only the finest all-natural ingredients. No artificial or imitation flavors or preservatives like most coffee shops are pumping into your drinks.

    Lodi uses only ceremonial and organic matchas with no fillers. And only high quality, single-origin coffee that is roasted locally. Much higher quality than most coffee shops are serving you.

    Croissants are made by hand daily using only natural ingredients and baked overnight … vs. being produced in a factory, frozen and shipped all across the country.

    Medium 16oz latte is $5.75 and includes 2 shots of espresso.

    Large 24oz latte is $6.75 and includes 4 shots of espresso.

    Medium 16oz Matcha is $6.25.

    Large 24oz is $6.99.

    Massive chocolate croissant is $5.99.

    Huge turkey and cheese is $7.49.

    An iced caramel latte and huge turkey croissant (which you can split with a friend or save half for later instead of just throwing it away) runs about $13 before tax.

    Obviously, people like/dislike different things, but Lodi’s prices are definitely not outrageous. And if you appreciate clean, hand-crafted, high-quality and delicious food and beverages over mass-produced and highly processed stuff, Lodi is a great option.