5 Best Coffee Shops in Santa Cruz

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 at 7:01am.

best coffee shops in santa cruz

Santa Cruz is known for a lot of things. And somewhere on that list you’ll find coffee.

Slowly but surely Santa Cruz’s coffee culture is becoming known across the country, and even across the globe, as local coffee shops expand their businesses to new markets.

There’s no wonder why this city is known for its Joe: it’s good.

In fact, it’s better than good.

Countless cafes in this city serve handcrafted, organic coffee that you won’t be able to get enough of.

If you’re having trouble deciding where to go (because there are so many amazing places), here are the 5 best coffee shops in Santa Cruz:

Santa Cruz Roasting Company

santa cruz coffee roastingSanta Cruz Roasting Company is one of the most loved cafes in all of Santa Cruz for its fantastic atmosphere and even better coffee.

They’ve been in business for over 40 years, roasting premier coffee before it was even a trend. This means that they’ve practically mastered the art.

Possibly one of the best parts about this cafe is that their coffee beans are ethically sourced from suppliers and growers across the globe. They pride themselves on being a certified Fair Trade business, sustaining personal relationships with everyone they work with.

Another bonus is that their coffee is completely organic.

Knowing all of this, you really can’t go wrong with this coffee shop. So go ahead and visit them at their location on Pacific Ave.

Verve Coffee Roasters

Verve Coffee Roasters is Santa Cruz’s pride and joy.

This trendy cafe started out small but has now expanded to multiple locations across the city, as well as the state.

And there’s good reason why Verve Coffee Roasters has expanded to so many locations: the coffee is incredible.

Also, all of their locations across Santa Cruz have funky interiors that are sure to put you into a good mood.

You can find their cafes in downtown Santa Cruz, Fair Ave., the Westside, and Pleasure Point. Be sure to check them out at their new location in Japan if you’re heading that way!

The Abbey Coffee Lounge

cup of coffee santa cruzThe Abbey Coffee Lounge is a shabby-chic coffee shop that locals have named one of the best in Santa Cruz.

They are known for their flavorful coffee and pastries that are sure to bring you back for seconds.

What sets this cafe apart from the rest is their welcoming atmosphere. They strive to make everyone feel comfortable in their space—no matter if you’re a student, a professional, or a family.

This place is particularly great for students because of the number of tables. There is always room for you to spread out your books and papers while you enjoy a cup of coffee.

Cafe Delmarette

Located on Pacific Ave., Cafe Delmarette is a European-style cafe that has become a local favorite for its cute atmosphere and delicious meals.

All of its menu items are made from local, organic ingredients, so you know you’re getting the best of the best. They make all their pastries and baked goods with organic butter, sugar, and flour, making sure that every ingredient is ethically sourced.

Everyone who visits Cafe Delmarette raves about their scones and scrumptious breakfast foods, so make sure to give them a shot.

While you enjoy either breakfast or lunch at this great spot, have a cup of coffee that’s made from Verve Coffee Roasters beans.

Verve Coffee Roasters coffee is some of the best in town so you know it’s going to be good.

11th Hour Coffee

gourmet breakfast in santa cruz coffee shopIf you’ve never visited 11th Hour Coffee, it’s a game changer.

This trendy coffee shop is possibly one of the trendiest around with its atmospheric interior designs that highlight natural materials. This means you’ll see tons of wood accents and indoor plants here.

If you’re not impressed by their interiors, then you’ll surely fall in love with their coffee.

They brew beans that are ethically sourced from locations across the globe to ensure they can offer you the best cup of coffee around.

Though coffee is not the only thing they serve at 11th Hour. They also have outstanding meals.

Every single meal is made with intention, presenting gourmet spreads that are not only meant to please your taste buds, but your eyes as well.

All you’ll ever see for 11th Hour Coffee are rave reviews. So, go visit them at their Center Street location!

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