Between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara is Ventura, California. I have fond childhood memories of this city and now have the joy of introducing it to my family. It has become our new rest stop when we travel north and I recently tried a coffee shop I instantly fell in love with.
Great Coffee In Ventura, CA
Prospect Coffee Roasters is very tasty coffee. As in, among the best in Southern California. Not only is the coffee lovely, but the staff was too.
Prospect Coffee Roasters
92 South Laurel Street
Ventura, CA 93001
7:00AM – 4:00PM (Monday – Friday)
8:00AM – 5:00PM (Saturday + Sunday)
Due to the pandemic, I could not even go inside to order the coffee, let alone drink it inside. Instead, Prospect has constructed a window in which you can order through.
I had a couple cappuccinos (it was 3:00pm and my first coffee of the day…) and my wife had an iced Americano. Augustine, my four-year-old, wanted an espresso but we denied his request.
The cappuccino was perfect…with the milk perfectly blended into the espresso with a velvety-finish.
Prospect will be my permanent new coffee break on the trip from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara.
But I also checked out another place…in a hospital parking lot.
Simones Coffee & Tea
2848 Cabrillo Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
6:30AM – 5:00PM (Monday – Friday)
8:00AM – 4:00PM (Saturday)
Located on the grounds of the Ventura’s Community Memorial Hospital, this coffee shops looks wonderful. The interior is beautiful, the La Marzocco coffee machine is top-notch, and the staff are lovely.
But the staff makes cappuccinos Starbucks-style (plop the foam down on top), which is simply not the way I like my flat whites or cappuccinos. The espresso beans used were also on the lighter side (the darker the better for me). I knew it was a warning flag when I was asked what size I wanted.
So this was a perfectly acceptable cup of coffee, but there’s no way I’ll be going back here with Prospect nearby.
They did have bananas…that was the compromise for Augustine. Instead of a coffee, he received a piece of fruit.
Ventura is a charming city and I’ve now found a charming coffee shop there.
What is your favorite coffee shop in Ventura, CA?