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Old 12-29-2010, 05:20 PM
 
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Default Best Coffee Shops in OC

I'm relocating from Seattle (where we take coffee serious). I'm concerned with the coffee I've tasted thus far. In fact, I can't seem to find a coffee shop beyond SBUX and Coffee Bean. I'm looking for a local shop with a good vib, music, people, and most importantly serious java. Thanks!

Ryan
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I'm relocating from Seattle (where we take coffee serious). I'm concerned with the coffee I've tasted thus far. In fact, I can't seem to find a coffee shop beyond SBUX and Coffee Bean. I'm looking for a local shop with a good vib, music, people, and most importantly serious java. Thanks!

Ryan
We live in Orange County where we taking local traveling seriously.

Assuming you won't travel more than one mile to a coffee shop (who would?), what location are you targeting?
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Diedrich coffee was real good, but I believe they were mostly bought out by SBUX.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:30 PM
 
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One mile is kinda far but acceptable if the Jo is right. I realize I'm spoiled with three coffee shops across the street from my house.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:39 PM
 
Location: LB/OC for now...
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There are a few in coastal Long Beach, but not too many that I can think of in OC. The demographics don't support the Seattle style coffeeshop in most places. Most everything I know of are chains: Peet's, Deidrich's, Coffee Bean, Starbucks, etc. Of those 4, Peet's is definitely the best, but I order all my coffee from Mariposa Coffee Co these days and fallback on Peet's when I run out.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Aliso Viejo, Orange County, CA
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Try the Neighborhood Cup in Aliso Viejo. They are one of the few real coffee shops to be found in South County with live entertainment, antique car shows, yoga classes, an art gallery, etc:
The Neighborhood Cup, Live at The CUP! Entertainment is ALWAYS FREE!! (http://www.theneighborhoodcup.com/index.html - broken link)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szgkShe6ZXc

You can also get freshly brewed coffee at City Perk in Aliso Viejo. Their coffee is great, but they don’t offer entertainment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT1JwrWYozM
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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One mile is kinda far but acceptable if the Jo is right. I realize I'm spoiled with three coffee shops across the street from my house.

I know a good one in Boise, ID; would that work for you?
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:55 PM
 
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Nice. I'll definitely check these spots out. AV is one of the areas we're looking at. Lots seem really small though...
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Here&There
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Agree with bhcompy, Peet's is the best chain and better than most of the local coffee shops, that is of course if you like your coffee on the thicker and rich side. Maybe I don't have the right coffee machine but when I brew Peet's coffee at home it just isn't the same or any other brand for that matter.

Peet's is No.1, No.6 is Coffee Bean and the rest start at No. 10 and at that point I don't really care, they just don't compare to Peet's. Of course, this is just my opinion.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Duarte, CA
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Try these:

vietnamese coffee shops
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