In the late 1930s, Giuseppe “Nino” Rolla’s sons watched as crackling flames browned delicate coffee beans in their father’s small Venetian café. In the mid-1990s, Giuseppe’s grandson Nicolo brought his family’s brewing heritage with him when he moved to the States, establishing Enne Caffe—named for the “N” in Nino—with his wife Samantha. Inside the café, a 7-foot-tall computerized roaster imported from Turkey prepares single-origin beans from Venezuela, Colombia, and other countries, and Nicolo, a bean-spotting virtuoso, uses finely tuned senses of sight and smell to monitor each small batch. Drawing on family lore, Nicolo re-creates Nino’s blends with a historian’s accuracy and fixes up modern english-toffee-flavored coffees whenever Dickensian orphans request them. Enne Caffe also stocks teas flavored with japanese sencha and tropical fruits, Monin flavored syrups, and smoothie bases that transform into frothy, spicy chai or white chocolate when mingled with ice in a blender. Enne Caffe fills cups in more than 80 businesses, such as restaurants and cafés, and delivers parcels directly to customers’ homes, where vacuum-sealed bags bearing the roasters’ red-and-white logo stand out against decorous porches or the dark mouths of inhabited caves.
The friendly mother-and-daughter team behind Aromas Coffee & Cafe enlists more than 20 years of serving experience to entice patrons with caffeinated drinks, light café fare, and free WiFi seven days a week. A large cup of freshly poured java and the soft pillowy layers of a doughy cinnamon roll pair perfectly like two sides of a Laurel and Hardy friendship necklace. Dining duos can venture in on certain Saturdays to take in the sounds of open-mic performers as they sip and nibble their treats. Alternatively, guests can choose their own treats, digging into a drink menu filled with mexican mochas ($3+) and smoothies ($3+) or perusing the café menu’s bagel sandwiches ($2.99+), pastries ($0.50–$2.95) and more, instead of grinding coffee beans to use as dehydrated space food.
Ryan Bros. Coffee's attentive owners match discerning tastes with artfully crafted blends of fair-trade coffees and mouthwatering café fare. Classic coffees include featured roasts ($1.75 for 12 oz., $2 for 20 oz.) such as bold Cowboy coffee or the full-bodied Broadway Blues, which are filtered for fuller tastes. Espresso drinks inject caffeine-packed shots into tongue-tickling flavors such as a warm, creamy mocha ($3.55–$3.95) or a chilly, blended Java Lava frappe ($4.25). Chompable menu items grant solid starts to the day, including the chipotle-bacon breakfast sandwich ($5.95), whereas real-fruit smoothies, including the refreshing mango patch ($4.25), rev bodies with vitamin-rich fuel. Salads ($6.50–$7.25) and freshly grilled paninis ($5.95–$6.95) are also available for consumption. Packaged portions of coffee, tea, and comestibles adorn shelves in front of burnt-orange walls and sun-sprayed indoor or outdoor seating areas offer the ideal space in which to enjoy free WiFi.
Locally situated and independently owned, Sips Coffee clears bleary eyes with an assortment of caffeinated concoctions and savory pastries. Shake off nightmares of coffee bean uprisings with a tea latte, which melds milk and sugar with a selection of aromatic teas that include passion fruit, earl grey, jasmine, and more ($3.35–$3.95). Try dousing steamy maws with an iced coffee ($2.35–$2.70) or creamy blended smoothie ($3.90–$4.35) before indulging in flaky pastries ($1.95–$2.15), fruit cups ($4.75), and sandwiches ($5.55). Sips Coffee's amicable gang of bean barons also trade their blends in bulk, which can double as paperweights when penning a voluminous coming-of-age tome about a free-spirited West Coast coffee bean ($5.75–$12). Sips Coffee hosts live, local music on weekends, and spirited patrons can utilize free WiFi to stream live videos of their own interpretive dances during each song.
A warm sense of community mingles with the aromas of fresh-brewed coffees and lattes at Daily Brew Coffee House, all percolated by an amenable crew of baristas who dole out fresh pastries, wholesome sandwiches, and hearty wraps. The café's grinders overflow with beans from Wild Goose Coffee Co., a local, small-batch roaster that supports direct-trade relationships with their farmers. Within the golden-hued walls, the air buzzes with free WiFi and local talent, showcased during Wednesday open-mic nights and other events as well as in a burgeoning gallery of local artists' works. A Brew it Forward program encourages patrons to send spontaneous bubbles of joy into the day of a stranger or friend by anonymously purchasing them a drink or building them a new car out of coffee stirrers.
Begin the day or the midday with a simple cup of coffee or one of the numerous specialty drinks populating the menu. Sip a white-chocolate mocha; an almond ecstasy, topped with shaved almonds; or a depoccino, crafted from espresso and ice cream (hot coffees start at $3.90, add $0.25 to get it cold). Supplement a liquid pick-me-up with some flying cookie saucers ($1.25) or slices of cheesecake ($4). Heartier bites are available, including sandwiches such as the turkey croissant or the veggie delight, piled like an overturned farmers’-market stand with non-animal deliciousness (all sandwiches $5.20–$6.95). The lengthy menu also houses a range of breakfast sandwiches, sweet and savory crêpes, and a handful of salads.
Committed to perfecting olive-oil production, Trabuco Farms private labels its olives from California. The result is an oil that lends a mild fruit and pepper flavor to salads or pastas. Using natural fruit extracts, Trabuco Farms’ oil further enhance these oils by infusing them with a variety of flavors, including orange, jalapeño, garlic, and basil. Trabuco Farms also stocks a range of barrel-aged balsamic vinegars imported from Modena, Italy.