Coffee Villa brings unique vibe to coffee shop scene

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Why: Coffee Villa, owned and operated by the Selivanow family, will celebrate its fourth anniversary in March. In addition to beverages common at a coffee shop, Coffee Villa also has protein shakes, smoothies, snack items and a limited assortment of deli sandwiches.

Atmosphere: Customers place orders at the front of the coffee shop and pick up their orders at an adjacent counter along the hall. The hallway leads to the back living room area where most of the seating is located near a fireplace. The space is roomy. It offers plenty of comfortable upholstered chairs and a few tables and chairs that will accommodate larger groups. The decor feels somewhat like a quick-set living room. Most of the colors used on the walls are rich, dark, and earthy, accented by a few lighter shades. Walls are decorated with collections of photos, art and coffee sacks. Coffee Villa also has a convenient drive-up window.

What I tried: I tried the ghiotto panino and a black-and-white mocha. The panino is made with bacon, grilled chicken breast, avocado dressing, mayonnaise and Havarti. I was pleased to discover the panino wasn't greasy on the grilled side of the bread. It was, instead, nicely crisp and lightly toasted. The ingredients were well-balanced and the flavors complementary to one another. I found it large enough to satisfy a moderate appetite, and it was accompanied by two small pepperoncini, which added some zing to the experience.

The black-and-white mocha, one of their popular beverages, was a very sweet, rich blend of white and milk chocolate with the essence of espresso throughout.

Menu highlights beyond what I tried: Breakfast options include a bagel sandwich and yogurt parfait. The caramel macchiato is a customer favorite. Protein shakes include a strawberry-banana, triple berry and their most popular, a peanut butter banana.

Other observations: Coffee Villa is a comfortable place with a vibe that's a bit different than the rest of the coffee houses on the grid in Clark County. The staff is friendly and welcoming. Free wireless Internet is available.

Cost: Coffee and espresso drinks come in 12-ounce, 16-ounce, 20-ounce and 24-ounce sizes and range in cost from $2.50 to $5. Smoothies are $4.75 or $5.25. Protein shakes come in three standard options that may be customized and range from $3.75 to $7. Frappes cost $4.25 to $5.25. Deli sandwich options are $3.95 to $5.75.

Hours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Telephone: 360-892-0233.

Where: 13011 N.E. Fourth Plain Road, Suite 106, Vancouver.

Web:www.coffeevilla-va.com

Health score: Coffee Villa received a score of 10 on Jan. 10. Zero is a perfect score, and Clark County Public Health closes restaurants with a score of 100 or higher. For information, call 360-397-8428.