When you need a fix to get you going, Steamboat coffee shops have you covered. Here's the buzz on some of the shops' most-ordered brews.

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When you need a fix to get you going, Steamboat coffee shops have you covered. Here's the buzz on some of the shops' most-ordered brews.

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When you need a fix to get you going, Steamboat coffee shops have you covered. Here's the buzz on some of the shops' most-ordered brews.

Drink: Vanilla latte

Price: $3.50

Coffee shop location: Starbucks Coffee, 255 Anglers Drive; 871-1303

Ingredients: 1 ounce of espresso, steamed 2 percent milk, vanilla syrup

The buzz: The squirt of syrup gives the drink an almost neutral vanilla flavor, but the milk has been steamed too hot and stretched too far. It's slightly sweet and slightly rich, but it doesn't have any strong qualities.

Drink: White chocolate mocha

Price: $3.50

Coffee shop location: Starbucks Coffee, 255 Anglers Drive; 871-1303

Ingredients: 1 ounce of espresso, steamed 2 percent milk, white chocolate syrup and whipped cream topping

The buzz: Tastes surprisingly similar to the vanilla latte - a little sweetness, a little more than you'd want, not much in the way of coffee flavor.

Drink: Latte

Price: $3.18

Coffee Shop location: Amante Coffee, 685 Marketplace Plaza; 871-8999

Ingredients: 1 ounce of espresso, 10 ounces steamed milk

The buzz: Amante makes a point to minimize bubble size in the foam on top of its lattes. The result is an incredibly smooth drink that brings out the milk's natural sweetness. No flavorings needed.

Drink: Skinny latte

Price: $3.50

Coffee shop location: Steaming Bean Coffee, 635 Lincoln Ave.; 879-3393

Ingredients: 2 ounces of espresso, 14 ounces steamed skim milk

The buzz: The coffee taste in this latte is a little on the bitter side, but the milk is steamed to an ideal temperature with ideal foam. It's a lighter version of the regular, full-fat latte, meaning you can drink it often without feeling guilty - at least not too guilty.

Drink: Skinny chai latte

Price: $3.50

Coffee shop location: Steaming Bean Coffee, 635 Lincoln Ave.; 879-3393

Ingredients: Organic chai tea concentrate (water, organic black tea, spices, honey, vanilla, evaporated cane juice), 8 ounces skim milk

The buzz: The drink has a light spice to it. It would be perfect sleepy-time tea, were Steaming Bean not a daytime coffee spot. In any case, the chai is a gingery, light way to start the day.

Drink: Non-fat mocha

Price: $3.80

Coffee shop location: Spill the Beans Espresso Bar, 1051 13th St.; 846-5593

Ingredients: 2 ounces of espresso, steamed skim milk, ground Ghiradelli chocolate (optional whipped cream and chocolate sauce not included in nutrition facts)

The buzz: The ground chocolate makes a big difference in flavor when compared to mochas that use flavored syrups. It gets a stronger flavor that's sweet without being too sugary.

Drink: The Bliss

Price: $4.15

Coffee shop location: Spill the Beans Espresso Bar , 1051 13th St.; 846-5593

Ingredients: 2 ounces of espresso, steamed half-and-half, small block of Mexican chocolate, special chocolate sauces and other flavoring syrups

The buzz: If you drink The Bliss on any kind of a regular basis, you will become wildly unhealthy. It is one of the richest, sweetest, most decadent coffee drinks you're likely to find in Steamboat - and it is good. The Mexican chocolate gives the drink a hint of cinnamon and doesn't fully dissolve, which can be either a nice surprise or an unhappy discovery at the bottom of the cup, depending on personal preference.

Extras: Adding flavored syrup means tacking on about 50 calories per serving - the syrup is essentially water, sugar and flavorings.

Adding whipped cream to the top of a 12- or 16-ounce drink racks up an extra 45 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol and 1 gram of sugar.

Using whole milk instead of skim milk or 2 percent milk ups nutrition totals for a 16-ounce latte to 145 calories, 8 grams of fat and 35 milligrams of cholesterol.

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