Kelly the Culinarian: Yelp Elite Party at Peet's Coffee and Tea in Wheaton

Monday, November 17, 2014

Yelp Elite Party at Peet's Coffee and Tea in Wheaton

Sweet samples
Eggnog blended ice drink thingy
There's nothing quite like downing 482 samples of coffee right before bedtime. After this party, I went grocery shopping, watched TV, put away laundry and organized my closet. I was a buzzed, productive little hot mess.

Anyhow, I scored an invite to the Yelp Elite event at Peet's Coffee and made my way to Wheaton in order to fulfill all my caffeinated dreams. The store was shut down for the shin dig, which featured samples, demos and a photo booth.

First off, employees were all over the sample game, hooking us up with tiny tastes of the sea salt caramel mocha and eggnog blended coffee drink. The samples just kept coming - cowboy cookies and brownies and sandwiches and cheese. I actually ordered myself a full sandwich because I skipped dinner - the turkey flatbread sandwich was pretty tasty, and helped soak up at least some of the coffee I was consuming.

Show me the ways to delicious coffees please
This party was all about learning about coffee, though, including the finer points of bean selection, grading, roasting and brewing. What Peet's wants to be known for is quality above all else - they want the flavors of their coffees to speak for themselves. The people here are passionate about the perfect cup of joe, providing samples of all their beans and sending us home with care packages and enough samples to keep me moderately caffeinated for the balance of 2014.

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Losing Lindy said...

I really wish I was you lots of the time...I love coffee

Melissa S. Gerber said...

Hey Kelly, I've actually received two harassing calls/text from business owners as a result of my yelp reviews recently. Can you put me in contact with someone at Yelp? It is impossible to find support on their site.

Thanks! Melissa

KellytheCulinarian said...

Melissa, I'd contact the Yelp community manager. There's one for the Chicago 'Burbs, one for Chicago proper and another for the Northshore. If you e-mail me at kelly at kelly the culinarian dot com, I'll put you in touch with the right person.

Because that is not OK.