I found a really great new coffee shop in Santa Ana, California that I am very happy to share with you today.
Great Coffee In Santa Ana, California
I was in Irvine a couple Sundays ago and decided to stop for coffee on the way home with son and daughter in tow. Looking over my options, I chose a coffee shop called Hopper & Burr in downtown Santa Ana…oh, what a wonderful choice.
Hopper & Burr
202 West 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
7:00AM – 6:00PM
First, I loved the exterior of the this café, located in a historic W.H. Spurgeon Building with a clocktower on top.
Second, I loved the interior of this café, which was so minimalist. As I try to de-clutter my life, I’ve grown increasingly fond of such a style.
I have to give a major shoutout to Andrew, the proprietor, who is not only a skilled barista, but a classy guy. Friendly but no intrusive, we had a nice conversation while he prepared my cappuccino.
How was it? A – M – A – Z – I – N – G.
Perfect flavor, texture, and temperature. It really hit the spot.
My son Augustine was more interested in dunking his 747 in my water…we’re working on it.
In fact, I was back last Sunday as well for another cappuccino and an espresso, my first and second cups of coffee for the day. Both had a strong, deep, slightly chocolate, slightly fruity, rich taste and aroma.
Another perk: unlike Los Angeles County, Orange Country has allowed restaurants and coffee shops to re-open for indoor dining, meaning I could enjoy the coffee in a ceramic cup.
A Backup Option
I thought, while I was there, I would try the other hip coffee shop just a few blocks away. It was called Coffee Muse and I had a cappuccino there too.
310 East 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
7:00AM – 7:00PM
The staff ticked me off by trying to upsell me on three different things. You want anything else? No. How about a pastry? No! How about some tea? No!!! Then I asked if they would serve me coffee in a ceramic cup instead of a paper cup. No.
The coffee was fine. Recommended in the sense that it was a tasty cappuccino. But with Hopper & Burr down the street, there’s no way I’d return to Coffee Muse.
There’s one other place I’d like to try in Santa Ana next time called Huskins. I cannot imagine it will be better than Hopper & Burr. Santa Ana is a good 40 minute drive from my house without traffic. Nevertheless, I am tempted to drive there even now for a great cup of coffee.