Happy National Coffee Day! I feel like this should actually be a national holiday where we get the day off from work because coffee is so near and dear to our hearts. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could actually spend the day wrapped under a fleece blanket watching Netflix and drinking our favorite brew? I feel like we need to make this happen…
But until Washington D.C. hears my cry, we’ll just have to settle for having the best cups of coffee we can get and sip it from our office chairs.
Our offices are located in Anaheim, CA so we thought it would be fun to visit some of small coffee shops to find the best brew in the area! Surprisingly, there are less small coffee shops than we thought. Larger chains have really taken over down here, which is kind of sad, so we ended up only visiting four shops in Anaheim, Orange, and Yorba Linda. The shops are in the order that we visited them, but down at the end I’ll reveal which cup was my personal favorite!
The first shop is called Bodhi Leaf and is actually a coffee bean supplier in addition to a coffee shop! They had a HUGE warehouse behind the bar where they literally had sacks of beans that went up to the ceiling. It was pretty awesome to see.
At this shop, their specialty is a nitro cold brew coffee which was so fun. This shop definitely won for their cool-factor! I ended up getting a little dash of caramel in mine which added the perfect amount of sweetness, and we all ended up putting some cream in our brews once we finished taking photos.
In addition to our cold brews, we also got a chocolate chip scone to share which was the perfect mix of sweet with our coffee.
Also, I will say their atmosphere is really laid back and relaxing which was a nice break from the 101 degree weather we were having outside on this particular day. All in all, a great coffee house and supplier that we will certainly be going back to.
The second shop we went to is called Influence Coffeehouse, and it is actually connected to a church which was pretty cool to experience! We went in on a day when it was raining (!!!) so this time we all got hot brews. I got a caramel latte, Stephanie got a soy vanilla latte, and Sharayah got a chai latte, and they were all great!
I will say that this coffee shop wasn’t anything special, but there was a fireplace, some great ambient lighting, and they served no-fuss coffee, which is kind of nice to just know what you’re getting.
This coffee shop is actually getting a major overhaul over the next few months to update the shop and make it more accessible to the public, not just the members of the church. We actually visited a few days before they were going to close the doors, so we got there just in time to tell you that this is a great shop and one to look out for when they finish their renovation hopefully by January!
The third shop we traveled to is called Grow Coffee & Tea. Grow is known for it’s Kyoto cold brew coffee, but it was only 7:30 in the morning and we all still needed to wake up, so we just got the usual. At this point I decided that I should probably get the same thing at every shop so I have a frame of reference to tell you which shop had the better coffee, so I ended up getting a caramel latte again.
BUT, they had just started serving their pumpkin lattes, so Stephanie got that and Sharayah ended up getting a pumpkin spice chai latte. Everyone else got a regular chai latte or vanilla latte. What’s awesome about their pumpkin is it’s an actual puree, not a syrup, so the pumpkin flavor is stronger and sweeter. I just like the fact that they serve real puree instead of the syrup which has so many more additives in it.
In the end, everyone loved their coffee even though it was a little cold once we got back to the office because we kept trying to take panoramic shots, and kept failing. #ohwell
Finally, the fourth shop we visited is a new one in Yorba Linda called Bardot. They are actually a gelato and coffee shop so it was fun to see all of their gelato flavors and pops. We almost got one just to take some fun photos with, but we didn’t want to waste perfectly good gelato at 7:30 in the morning.
At this shop, I got a caramel latte (surprise!), Stephanie got a soy latte, and Jenny got a regular latte. We didn’t get them to go this time, so we got fun designs in our milk! I got a leaf in mine and Jenny got a heart in hers. We’ve seen some other people get bears before though, so next time we go that’s definitely going to happen!
Also, I will say this shop was more in line with our style than any of the other ones. It was much more modern and graphic, where all of the other coffee shops were traditionally designed. Although it still gives me the warm-fuzzes to walk into a traditional coffee shop, this one was just fun to sit in and talk while we sipped our lattes.
Next time I’m going in the afternoon and getting one of their sea salt iced coffees and a cheesecake gelato pop!
Ok, so the big question: which cup of joe was my favorite? As far as taste goes, I think my caramel latte at Bardot was my favorite (and Stephanie’s favorite). But for creativity, Bodhi Leaf wins by a long shot. I personally don’t like pumpkin, but Stephanie said the pumpkin latte at Grow was too pumpkin-y so that one just barely missed the mark. In the end, though, if you come to my office and hand me a caramel latte on a Wednesday morning, I will always think it’s the best cup of coffee, so in that regard I loved all of them!
I hope you enjoyed our coffee tour of Anaheim, Orange, and Yorba Linda! In order to help make your morning even more brewtiful, SnapBox is offering free shipping on every order for the whole day! Maybe today you can print that free coffee printable that you’ve had your eye on…