Wherever your travels take you in the expansive state of California, one thing remains a constant: a good cup of coffee. From the sunny beaches of San Diego to the dazzling cities of Los Angeles and the amazing skylines of San Francisco and beyond, California is filled with coffee shops that offer caffeinated beverages with a major shot of cool factor. Check out these 10 superb coffee shops in California that all offer the perfect pick-me-up.
Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is dedicated to being responsible in every cup. From sustainably sourcing beans to being engaged in the local community that supports them, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters sets a new precedent for brewing a good cup of coffee.
Go Get Em Tiger is a success story of two friends and coffee lovers and their dedication to creating a coffee culture. Backed by friends and family and started as a pop up, Go Get Em Tiger is now one of the most favored coffee shops in the city.
Verve Coffee Roasters has expanded from its roots as a quirky coffee shop in a quirky town to a provider of all things coffee, wherever you are. But there’s still nothing like experiencing the real thing, which brings coffee farms to Santa Cruz’s streets.
Knowing that the ritual of enjoying coffee is sometimes just as important as the coffee itself. Ritual Coffee Roasters roasts their beans themselves before using a drip method of brewing. Each cup is made perfectly to a science for each order.
Full of Beans is in a bright orange adobe cottage that is hard to miss as you drive into or out of the artistic town of Ojai. A picture-perfect patio is a prime spot to enjoy your coffee drink or one of the unique coffee shop’s other offerings.
Dripp thinks that each cup of coffee should be as wonderfully unique as each customer. To that end, they roast their own beans and provide a selection of different kinds of prepared coffee beverages from around the world that match perfectly with the ice cream treats they are also known for featuring.
Old California Coffee House is a San Diego area favorite, serving up more than just coffee. There’s a selection of sandwiches for breakfast and lunch for everyone from omnivores to vegans and plenty of fun atmosphere that has earned it rave reviews from the local papers.
Philz Coffee originated in the City by the Bay but has since expanded its cult coffee shops in cities ranging from L.A. to D.C. Philz Coffee is renowned for drip coffee, one handcrafted cup at a time.
The French Press epitomizes the California lifestyle with a variety of offerings in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Started by native Santa Barbara locals, it’s a family effort that continues to grow a selection of coffees and baked goods and be part of the vibrant community.
Holsem Coffee has a simple plan: use fair trade and sustainably sourced beans to brew simply perfect cups of coffee. The rotating selection of coffee drinks and special deals makes it a favorite with locals and students from the nearby college.