by Courtney Han
Like Starbucks and Yapple Yogurt combined, Bohemian Raspberry is a mish mosh of foods Westfield inhabitants seem to enjoy: frozen yogurt and caffeinated beverages. Separately, they’re wonderful. Together, not so much. Upon entering the establishment, I couldn’t help but notice the cozy décor. Customers can relax on a leather couch or at several small tables by the entrance where they can enjoy free wi-fi.
Bohemian Raspberry has also jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon with a spiced pumpkin latté and a pumpkin frozen yogurt flavor. While I did not try the latté, the pumpkin yogurt was disappointing and weak.
While it is a unique idea, Bohemian Raspberry is trying to appeal to too many palates. The combination of hot and cold makes it a perfect seasonal café, but a customer is unlikely to purchase both hot coffee and frozen yogurt at once.Bohemian Raspberry’s location on South Avenue puts it at a disadvantage to the other froyo stores and cafés downtown.
However, prices are relatively inexpensive and there is a 10 percent discount for high school students who show their student IDs.In addition to frozen yogurt, the café offers a large selection of drinks from frappés to fruit smoothies. The caramel frappé was rich and creamy, but all the caramel flavor was in the syrup on top of the whipped cream. However, the coffee of the day, a French Roast, was brewed perfectly.As another positive, the frozen yogurt dispensers and toppings bar were kept very clean.
Like many of the other frozen yogurt businesses in town, Bohemian Raspberry boasts a large variety of toppings from cookie dough to gummy worms. Altogether, nothing made the frozen yogurt stand out. Both the vanilla and cake batter were dull and the thin mint needed more mint flavor. Ironically the best frozen treat was not yogurt but instead the pomegranate raspberry sorbet. It had a vibrant color, smooth consistency and tangy taste that made it very appealing.However, I was torn between which product I should sample first. Between the dessert case, frappé and espresso menu and self-serve froyo machines, it was quite overwhelming. Luckily I’ve become a frozen yogurt taste testing pro with four froyo stores in town, so I decided to try that first.