Although it was an unplanned stop, I was ecstatic to find a great independent coffee shop in San Juan Capistrano.
Great Coffee in San Juan Capistrano, California
My wife Heidi and I have a tradition…or at least had a tradition. Whenever we go down to San Diego (or in this case, Tijuana), we stop at Peet’s Coffee in Mission Viejo. It’s about halfway from Los Angeles to San Diego and of all the major coffee chains, it is the only one I can tolerate (in fact, I don’t just tolerate it, but I like it).
Sadly, when we pulled up to Peet’s, we saw it was boarded up. A coronavirus casualty, perhaps?
Peet’s was off of Crown Valley Parkway right near a large indoor mall. We stopped there next just to try to find something, but the entire mall was closed.
Heidi found a little place in nearby San Juan Capistrano, about 10 minutes further south on I-5. Sure, why not?
I’ve never been to Old Town San Juan Capistrano before and loved it…what a quaint little enclave in the heart of an otherwise pedestrian city.
The coffee shop was called Hidden House Coffee and located on a narrow road adjacent to the train station with mature trees and plenty of shade.
Based upon a placard out front, it appeared to be a historic house:
Hidden House Coffee
31791 Los Rios Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
8:00AM – 5:00PM
Inside, Heidi ordered an iced coffee and I ordered a cappuccino. Strict social distancing measures were in place inside, including a sign that said cash was not accepted.
While I wouldn’t call the outdoor area a garden, it was idyllic and cool, despite the warm day. We enjoyed the coffee outside.
How was the coffee itself? Well, I would not have written about it if wasn’t tasty, though my coffee shop in Palm Springs is oh so much better. Perhaps I should shift to cortados, because cappuccinos often turn out like lattes. Good thing I like lattes too, but I prefer stronger coffee.
This was a great little rest stop enroute to the border and we have a new pit stop on the way to San Diego.
What is your favorite coffee in San Juan Capistrano?