Coffee concoctions and tasty pastries

Finally, a paradise you don’t need to buy a plane ticket to reach.

A coffee lover’s paradise, that is.

Your destination: Coffee Klatch, located in San Dimas at 806 West Arrow Hwy.

This family business began in Upland 20 years ago before opening its second location.

The aroma of espresso and freshly baked pastries permeate this small coffee shop. Regular customers are a dime a dozen and for a good reason.

The baristas do more than just fill your order.

They could very well be called a welcoming committee for the greeting each customer receives as he or she walks through the doors.

If you can’t decide what you would like, they are more than willing to suggest an array of drinks that might be to your liking.

Every coffee shop has brewed black coffee, a few choice teas and a selection of specialty drinks. But Coffee Klatch doesn’t stop there.

Forget that old mocha Frappuccino: Switch things up and order an Eskimocha from Coffee Klatch.

This tasty beverage isn’t blended from a carton of mocha-flavored sauce. Instead, it is a concoction of coffee, chocolate, ice, milk and a vanilla bean base that create a creamy texture. The end result: a drink you wish was endless.

Prices vary from $3.20 for a small to $4.60 for a large.

Granted, these Klatch classics may be a bit pricey. But bold coffee flavors, like their new Single Origin Colombia La Falda espresso and their sweet tasting pastries, from coffee cakes to cinnamon blossoms, the homey atmosphere makes the experience more than worth it.

Rather than ordering a muffin to go with your hot cup of Klatch coffee, pick one of their freshly prepared breakfast sandwiches.

The Lite Bite breakfast sandwich is complete with egg, tomato, red onion and avocado on 9-grain toast. It’s a much healthier option than most other prepackaged breakfast sandwiches and at only $3.79 it’s a steal.

To sweeten the deal, the Klatch card offers incentive to frequent this coffee shop.

Customers can earn one point for each dollar they spend purchasing an espresso drink.

Once customers earn 40 points they receive a free drink of any size.

The clientele ranges from college students to corporate bigwigs—no one gets left out.

Coffee Klatch even hosts live entertainment every other Friday night to support local artists.

Store hours Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, like Coffee Klatch on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, @klatchroasting, to see upcoming specials and events.

So step out of the corporate coffee craze and give this local coffee shop a chance.

It’s one cup of coffee you won’t forget.