A Guide to Santa Maria Coffee Shops
Nestled inside the Miller Office Complex, Cups and Crumbs is a hallmark among Santa Maria coffee shops, given its cozy ambiance, comfy furnishings, flagstone columns, warm tones, art-dappled walls, great big windows that let the sunshine pour on through, and tantalizing aroma of gourmet java. The attention to detail that has gone into designing this adorable abode with a delightful balance of charm and utility makes it an easy go-to for daytime meetings with colleagues, long overdue coffee dates, and solo study sessions.
What this cute drive-through near the bustling corner of Broadway and Betteravia may lack in size, it more than makes up for with wholesome hospitality, photogenic appeal, efficient service that’ll have you back on the road and headed toward your final destination in no time, a nice little outdoor common area where visitors can mingle, and last but certainly not least, soul-stirring specialty drinks like Vietnamese coffee, Mexican Chocolate coffee, a Thai iced tea, and the dark and white chocolate hinted Magic Mocha.
Near and dear to the heart of town, Crumbles offers guests a relaxed culinary experience accentuated by fresh made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch fare including chicken and waffles, omelettes, biscuits and gravy, club croissants, popular Mexican dishes, and delectable baked goods. Whether you’d like to settle into a cozy booth and appreciate the company of loved ones over a steamy cup of joe or pick up a pie for that special somebody on the way home, Crumbles has got you covered.
Occupying a walk-up kiosk tucked inside Allan Hancock College’s student center, Starry Sky is a necessary addition to any day on campus. Fuel your scholarly ambitions with a wide range of classics such as espresso-based beverages, smoothies, and Italian sodas; that’s not to mention the tasty seasonal creations! Keep in mind, their days and hours of operation are not regular and depend on a variety of factors related to the college, so consider looking into whether the shop is open before going.
Founded in Southern Oregon in 1992 by dairy farmer brothers Dane and Travis Boersma, Dutch Bros. Coffee is the country’s largest privately held, drive-thru coffee company. For those java purists bewildered that I could include as large a chain as Dutch on this list of Santa Maria coffee shops, please remember, they’re not very common elsewhere in the United States, so for visitors or newcomers, this energy-rich oasis in the sun will undoubtedly prove a sweet treat.
From early mornings to late nights, some heavenly beverages you may spot being served out of their pull-up window include specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, freezes, teas, and Blue Rebel energy drinks that customers can infuse with their favorite flavors.
Every cup of Dutch Bros. coffee is handcrafted – roasted by hand in the Pacific Northwest, blended by hand, and then ground and pulled by hand, ristretto-style. One more observation worth noting, their employees are relentlessly kind, attentive, and cheerful, at all times, never failing to look like they’re having the moment of their lives while on shift; super fun vibes.
If you enjoyed this guide to the best Santa Maria coffee shops, check out our list of the Top 10 Coffee Shops in San Luis Obispo!
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