There are many cities where part a big part of experiencing them on a visit is their coffee scene; such as Portland, Seattle or San Francisco. Well add a new one to that list as Sacramento, California has quickly gained acclaim for its coffee roasters and pack an overnight bagand plan a visit.
If Sacramento’s coffee scene isn’t already on your radar it needs to be. In the past few weeks alone Sacramento has been recognized by Matador Network as the top coffee city in the world and included four roasts on Coffee Review’s Top 30 Roasts worldwide, the only city to do so. Those lists have mainly focused on the quality of coffee roasts but on top of that you will find destination like coffee shops that you could easily waste away your day in.
Whether you are visiting the State Capitol, driving through on your way to Tahoe or enjoying the Farm to Fork restaurant scene you are missing out if you don’t include some of Sacramento’s unique coffee roasters to your itinerary. And, of course, check out mybest things to do in Sacramento as well.
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812 21st Street
Old Soul Co. is of the roasters in town that received two brews on the top 30 list. They have a dark, rich style across their roasts. This location in particular is worth a visit with a cozy inside and an open back patio. It is also is home to the best food in the coffee shops of Sacramento. From their breakfast sandwiches on homemade english muffins to the summer BBQ they cook on the week on their patio each menu item is fresh local food done to perfection.
2829 S Street
My favorite roaster, and not just in Sacramento. They have a great smooth, lush but a little lighter style. here rich but subtle roasts are great for everything from a latte to pour over. Their S Street location has a cottage style to it and a relaxed patio space out front. It is a great place to gather people together. Temple also had two roasts on the top 30 list.
1014 10th Street
Their new shop is hosted in an old bookstore that looks a lot like an out of place storybook home in the middle of downtown. Inside you find local art on the wall, chatty staff and another delicious series of coffee roasts. Insight is again on the lighter side but don’t think that minimizes the complex flavors. Insight always has top notch pastries and somehow they always make me buy the chocolate bars they are carrying.
3rd and Q Street
They are unique in town that of our local roasters their downtown location is one of the only ones you can find frozen blended drinks. Even a coffee purist can still crave a mocha frappuccino on a hot summer day. On top of that they carry a nitrogen iced coffee that tastes like a blend of coffee and a guinness beer.
1500 Q Street
Another roaster taking off in Sacramento is Naked Coffee. They again have a complex rich roast without getting the feeling that its too strong for your stomach. On top of that they make some of the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tried. They have a handful of locations that each have a unique feel to them. The Q Street location is a chill coffee shop great for reading or catching up with your friends, the downtown location has live music most nights and one great way to enjoy Naked Coffee and more is eating breakfast at Orphan Breakfast House.
Whether you’re visiting the State Capitol, driving through on your way to Tahoe or exploring Sacramento for a weekend the coffee scene is one thing you shouldn’t miss. Really a coffee fanatic? This is a good enough reason to come visit the city.
For more information about Sacramento check out these great books on Amazon including Fodor’s Northern California, Lonely Planet Northern California, and Lost Restaurants of Sacramento and Their Recipes.
Traveling to Sacramento, California Soon?
When I travel I try to avoid the trap of Starbucks? What local coffee shops in your area are worth a stop? How do you find the local spots when you travel?