California + Coffee
Hey Savvy Readers.
Did you know that 50% of Americans – about 150 million individuals – drink coffee? Of course you did. You might have a steaming cup in your hand right now!
Fact: like wine, beer and spirits, California’s coffee culture is motivating coffee lovers from around the world to come experience what the Golden State has to offer – and for good reason. So, if you love coffee and planning a vacay, you might want to head on over to the west coast to enjoy the best of the brew!
Here are some tips and thoughts!
Black Oak Coffee Roasters in Mendocino believes great coffee should also come with a side of history, so each of their handcrafted blends has a signature origin story on where and how it was crafted.
Goodland Organics in Santa Barbara County doesn’t want you to just drink their coffee – they want you to learn all about it on their coffee farm – the first of its type in the entire continental U.S. Down in San Diego, Communal Coffee & Flowers has that “perfect for Instagram” atmosphere and doubles as a café and flower shop, with outdoor seating next to a plant nursery. These are just a few examples!
California’s coffee history is as rich as its wine and spirits legacy; below is a full sampling of various cafes and coffee shops from around the state with unique stories.
Gold Country: Farm-to-Cup
Sacramento, also known as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, is becoming one of the world’s top coffee destinations with its renowned cafés all rating above 90 out of 100. Temple Coffee Roasters, named one of America’s top roasters by Coffee Review, is a local favorite. Another local favorite, Old Soul Co., is the perfect gathering place for coffee lovers. Other preferences in the state capitol include Naked Coffee and Pachamama Coffee Coop, which is 100 percent farmer-owned and controlled. Just south of Sacramento lies Tuolumne County, the perfect place to get a caffeine fix before exploring Yosemite National Park. Make sure to grab a cup from Union Hill Coffee, Day-O Espresso or Mountain Sage Cafe and Nursery.
North Coast: Mendocino Joe
Visitors exploring the beautiful North Coast are encouraged to stop into Mendocino County for several coffee selections. The baristas of Black Oak Coffee Roasters offer a cup with a side of history, telling the stories of each coffee. Travelers taking the Skunk Train can sit back and enjoy a cup of joe roasted by Thanksgiving Coffee in Fort Bragg. While in Fort Bragg, be sure to check out Headlands Coffeehouse for chill vibes and hot coffee.
High Sierra: Mono County Cafés
Not only does the High Sierra offer amazing views and adventures, this beautiful region provides several options for those looking for a caffeine fix. More specifically, Mono County has several cafés to choose from including Sweetwater Café and the historic 1881 Coffee Café in Bridgeport. On the eastern side of Yosemite National Park is Epic Café, Mono Cup Coffee and Latte Da all overlooking Mono Lake.
San Francisco Bay Area Craft Coffee
With so much to do in the gorgeous San Francisco Bay Area, it is only right to start off the day’s adventures with a cup of coffee. Stop into Berkeley and get a perfect cup of coffee at the original Peet's, opened by Mr. Peet, who introduced California to craft coffee. Just south of Berkeley is Oakland, California, which is home to many coffee shops including Blue Bottle Coffee, RAWR Coffee Bar, Oakland Coffee Works and Red Bay Coffee. After Berkeley and Oakland, drive over the Bay Bridge and check out Pier 39’s Biscoff Coffee Corner, which was named "Best Coffee Shop in Fisherman's Wharf" by Thrillist.