11 (Super) Cool Coffee Shops to Try in Orange County and Long Beach
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)
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)
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.
[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!]
Honorable Mention #3: Bear Coast Coffee (San Clemente)
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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
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