Monterey is one of my favorite cities in California, a city I have visited regularly since I was a kid. I now have another reason to visit: great coffee.
Great Coffee In Monterey, CA
I suspect there are several good coffee shops in Monterey, but over the years I have not deviated from Captain + Stoker, a delightful third wave coffee shop near the harbor.
Captain + Stoker
398 East Franklin Street
Monterey, CA 93940
6:30AM – 4:00PM (Monday – Friday)
7:30AM – 4:00PM (Saturday + Sunday)
There are a three things I like about this place. First, of course, the coffee. I usually order cappuccinos, but lately have been going with flat whites, my new favorite espresso-based drink. The espresso is rich and strong and the milk perfectly blended.
I always prefer to drink my coffee in ceramic cups, but during the pandemic all drinks are served in takeout cups and the restaurant dining area is closed.
Second, I love the service. These hipster coffee shops always seem to attract the friendliest baristas. I love how warmly I am greeted, even though I am from LA. Regular customers, like the man in front of me in line, are cheerfully greeted by name.
Last, I love that there is a kids play area. It gives my son something to do while my wife and I drink coffee. While the play area is another casualty of the pandemic, hopefully it will return at some point so that my 9-month-old daughter can also enjoy it.
While I’m open to other suggestions–in fact, I welcome them–no trip to Monterey is complete without a stop at Captain + Stoker.
What is your favorite coffee in Monterey?