Coffee enthusiasts swoon over a masterfully brewed cup of morning Joe. From café au lait to Americanos, blended drinks, and drip coffee, here are some of the best coffee shops in Orange County, all national chains purposefully left off of this list.
Portola Coffee Lab
3313 Hyland Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Selfishness does pay off, or at least it did for Portola Coffee Lab. Chemistry major, owner, and roaster Jeff Duggan began pursuing the perfect cup of Joe over a decade ago, and you can now taste the completion of his scientific method at Portola Coffee Lab in Costa Mesa. The 100% single-cup brew coffeehouse features craft, quality, and freshness; you can also take classes and learn how the brewing process works!
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Hidden House Coffee
31791 Los Rios St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Hidden House Coffee, located in the historic Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano, boasts an incredibly simple vision: hospitality and on-going pursuit of quality. Small batches of beans are masterfully brewed on site each day, serving guests with an incredible beverage to enjoy. The warm and friendly atmosphere is great for inspiration, creativity, or a great meeting with friends.
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13681 Newport Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
Kean Coffee, specializing in organic and fair trade coffees from around the globe, is an independent coffee shop to take note of. Martin Diedrich, founder of the Diedrich Coffee chain, has returned to his roots as an independent coffeehouse operator to bring Kean (which is named after his son) to life. A wide variety of coffee brews, pastries, and savories from local artisan bakeries (including gluten-free and vegan options), are served daily onsite.
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The Night Owl
200 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
This bohemian coffee house in downtown Fullerton is a unique and inspirational community gathering place. As the name suggests, The Night Owl stays open late, giving you plenty of opportunities to enjoy their local art exhibits, live music, open mic poetry nights, and more on their outdoor patio. Fair-trade coffee, tempting pastries, and hearty sandwiches are also offered.
424 S Main St.
Orange, CA 92868
A full lineup of breakfast sandwiches, paninis, and salads are served up at Kaffa!, but the real treasure is their amazing coffee. Over 30 flavors are available for your coffee drinking pleasure, and the staff certainly can whip up a beautiful latte froth design that offers you the chance to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. This city of Orange favorite is a must-try.