11 (Super) Cool Coffee Shops to Try in Orange County and Long Beach

11 (Super) Cool Coffee Shops to Try in Orange County and Long Beach
Jennifer Chong

The good thing about coffee is that there's never a bad time to have it. If you're hot, just grab a cold brew. Cold? A caramel latte might do. And lucky for us in Orange County, there are plenty of coffee shops to sip a cup of jo while, maybe, reading literature like a fancy person. But which ones are as great as they are cool?

Let's start with some honorable mentions--the places that deserve to be on this list but don't yet have brick-and-mortar locations--and then we'll explore the rest.

Honorable Mention #1: Hopper and Burr (Santa Ana)

11 (Super) Cool Coffee Shops to Try in Orange County and Long Beach
facebook.com/hopperandburr

Currently located at Little Sparrow as a pop-up coffee bar, Hopper and Burr's quality is as noteworthy as OC's coffee big boys--and maybe, just maybe, the fact that it's owned by Truman Severson (formerly of Portola Coffee Lab) is a coincidence. The menu here is organized into "black" coffee (batched brew filters and espressos) and "white" ones (capps, lattes, and mochas), all of which are made with beans from a variety of roasters.

300 N Main St, Santa Ana, (714) 265-7640; instagram.com/hopperandburr

Honorable Mention #2: Contra Coffee and Tea (Santa Ana)

11 (Super) Cool Coffee Shops to Try in Orange County and Long Beach
Charles Lam

As Charles Lam reported earlier this week, Contra Coffee and Tea--a mobile coffee and tea brewery--may make the best Thai tea and Vietnamese coffee in the county. Here's what Mr. Lam had to say:

It tastes as good as Vietnamese coffee can taste, without any of the heavy, unfortunate after effects. The nitro in the coffee does what nitro does, and smooths everything out, imparting a creamy mouthfeel and mellowing the flavors without getting in the way.

Mmm.

[Charles' Note: Everything I tried from them was good, and they're already started vending at the Downtown Santa Ana Farmer's Market. Swing by and say hello!]

instagram.com/contracoffeeandtea

Honorable Mention #3: Bear Coast Coffee (San Clemente)

11 (Super) Cool Coffee Shops to Try in Orange County and Long Beach
OC Weekly Archives

In The Cellar in downtown San Clemente, Bear Coast Coffee is set up as a pop-up shop serving lavender caramel lattes and mochas roasted from Ritual Coffee Roasters in San Francisco, as well as other roasters. Give 'em a follow on Instagram, and you never know when you might run into a special.

156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, (949) 492-3663; instagram.com/bearcoastcoffee

And now, for the chops with their own homes!


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