Looking for good coffee in Santa Barbara? You have many choices, but I found a nice little third wave coffee shop in a quiet part of town.
Wherever I am in the world, a highlight of my day is a great cup of coffee. Lately, I’ve been leafing through those hardcover promotional books you often find in hotel rooms describing the city you are in. There’s always a coffee section and I look for the coffee shop that has the best looking latte art. I know…great science behind this.
I saw an ad for a place called Low Pigeon Coffee Roasters. The odd name caught my attention and it was only a mile from my hotel, so off we went after a fairly stressful morning dealing with an Award Expert client who ran into visa issues and became stuck in China…
- Name: Low Pigeon Coffee Roasters
- Address: 401 East Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
- Telephone: (805) 280-9380
- Hours: 7:00AM – 4:00PM
The shop is tiny, with half of it dedicated to roasting beans on-site and the other half for preparing coffee drinks.
A partially-shaded terrace served as the only seating area, but was very pleasant on a November afternoon.
My cappuccino was great, though it did not blow me away. I’d definitely go back though. My wife had a decaf Americano and my son drank water.
One complaint: some of the black metal tables outdoors are wobbly. When my son grabbed the table to climb up into his chair, my wife’s coffee tipped over…
Half the fun of coffee is finding the right little café. In past trips I’ve just gone to Peet’s on State Street, which I still like, but was glad to find a more local option.
Do you have a favorite coffee shop in Santa Barbara?