Temple Coffee Roasters, Davis, CA
On our most recent trip to Davis, Lynn and I were having dinner with some friends and the conversations turned to our plans for the following day. When we told them that we planned to go into Sacramento to try Temple Coffee Roasters, we were delighted to hear that they had opened a shop in Downtown Davis.
Upon entering this hipster heaven we were warmly greeted by a barista named Uriah. We connected instantly as he began to work on my pour over coffee. I went through the rest of the line and paid before heading back to talk to Uriah.
The entire staff was incredibly friendly and extremely knowledgeable about coffee. This location doesn't have many power outlets, but I am thankful for that, it allowed Lynn and I to connect with our friends and hold lovely conversations as the rain painted the sidewalk outside.
The coffee was delicious, the atmosphere was cozy, and the staff made me feel like I was enjoying coffee in my living room with friends, rather than buying it in a store. If you are ever in Davis, make a pilgrimage to Temple, you won't regret it.
Four Barrel, San Francisco, CA
For the longest time, I have only had the Four Barrel coffee at Tartine Bakery but never at the store. This all changed when we attended the seven year birthday party at Four Barrel HQ. Let me start by saying that 4B knows how to party. $1 for any coffee, free cake and ice, cream, a petting zoo, free arcade games, need I go on?
Anyone who knows me knows of my love of coffee. Coffee has grown into a hobby of mine. When I learned what truly good coffee is, I knew that I wanted to learn how to make it. Coffee brewing is vastly complicated, far beyond what type of coffee bean you use (but that play’s a big part in it). I have heard it said that a mediocre barista can make great coffee taste meh but a great barista cannot make mediocre coffee great. I say all this to explain why I am writing about this particular coffee shop. My fascination with coffee has led me to Seattle, Portland, Santa Cruz, Los Altos, Napa, Oakland, and of course San Francisco. So why Ritual Coffee?
Ritual coffee has the unique blend (see what I did there *wink wink*) of extremely high quality coffee, brewing expertise, and the creativity necessary to make their coffee stand out. Today I am going to highlight three of their unique locations that really define the ritual to me (see what I did there again.)
Verve Coffee, Santa Cruz, CA
Some of the best coffee outside of the famous coffee havens (Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, L.A.) is located in Santa Cruz, California. Verve Coffee Roasters is an elite shop in a land dominated by Starbucks and Peet’s. Fairly new to the scene, Verve was est. in 2007. They have quickly expanded and made a name for themselves with three locations in their roots of Santa Cruz and very recently, their first location in Downtown L.A. just opened. If you are looking for a good place to do some work while you enjoy some coffee look no further than their downtown Pacific Ave. location.