1101 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
NileGuide Expert tip:
Strong French Press lattes are perfection. The Verve Coffee from Santa Cruz is dark, so be forewarned that an afternoon pick-me-up might just keep you buzzing into the wee hours.
Café owners Julia Mayer and Todd Stewart have created a coffee lover's haven at the recently opened French Press. Photos, sketches, and paintings by local artists adorn the walls and latte art accents frothy cups of joe. Famously dark and bold Santa Cruz Verve coffee is the bean of choice and keeps patrons buzzing at their laptops. Homemade whipped cream and fresh baked goods like triple berry scones, almond twists, and chocolate cookies are constant temptations. Tea, lemonade, and other non-caffeinated options are also available whether you're on the go or in the mood to sit at an outside table and take in the bustle of State Street.