Having lived in Ripon for two decades, Jake Parks had a good idea of what his hometown lacked: a warm, welcoming café where friends could sit and converse and commuters could stop in for lunch on the go. He took it upon himself to fill this empty niche, founding his eponymous café and basing its menu around premium drinks and gourmet sandwiches. Today, the first thing one notices when entering Jake’s Coffee, Tea and Sandwiches is the aroma of coffee, which starts brewing at 6 a.m. Jake and his team pride themselves on crafting a wide range of caffeinated drinks, from mochas flavored with Monin syrups to red-eye blends that keep customers awake as they attempt to set the world record for most dictionaries read in one sitting. The shop’s many blends of tea, available hot or iced, pair nicely with freshly baked pastries and a selection of savory wraps and paninis that incorporate the shop’s signature cream-cheese pesto spread.
Run by coffee gurus that are continually searching for the world's most delicious beans, Freedom Coffee Company freshly brews several piquant blends of coffee and espresso. Freedom Coffee Company can prepare its coffee cone-style or French-pressed, pouring cups of joe made with beans from El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Eukelade,, the 51st moon of Jupiter. Hungry diners can pair their piping hot espresso with a nourishing snack from Freedom Coffee's food menu, like blueberry muffins, oatmeal cookies, or a turkey and cheese crossiant. Inside Freedom Coffee's clean shop, you'll find a cheery staff and free Wi-Fi, making it the ideal spot to cuddle with your laptop and whispers poems to a savory white mocha.
Named 2010's best hair salon in San Joaquin County by the Record, Salon Genesi employs stylists who create indefectible 'dos for every head, drawing from more than 24 years of collective cutting experience. Both men and women can enjoy a haircut and style with today's deal. Cut coifs can opt to change hair hue with a professional color treatment to better match monochromatic wardrobes or shake pursuing private eyes.
After Vernon Rudolph acquired a closely guarded doughnut recipe from a New Orleans pastry chef, he couldn't keep the secret to himself. He opened up shop in 1937 to share the yeast-raised delectables with the world, thus marking the birth of Krispy Kreme.
Today, step into any Krispy Kreme shop and you can see the doughnuts progress on their journey from formless dough to circular confection. The entire process plays out through plate glass windows: the raw dough is shaped into disks, the disks rise in a heated oven, the plumped doughnuts then drop into the fryer where a conveyor belt speeds them along their journey. After cooling on the belt, the original doughnuts pass through a ribbon of glaze. Like a doughnut-shaped bat signal, a neon sign lights up the sky to announce the emergence of fresh, hot Krispy Kremes.
A movie-theater marquee beckons passersby to Empresso Coffeehouse. Bistro tables are scattered on the sidewalk where perhaps a ticket booth once stood. Inside, the cafe takes on the air of a lobby, but with a ceiling circled by neon uplighting and a concession-style stand where customers place their orders.
Here, coffee is the featured event, and cups of joe are brewed in one of three ways: drip, pour-over, or french press. For espressos drinks spiked with caramel or cinnamon, the baristas create artful images in the foam—of a heart, perhaps, or a leaf, or a rabbit giving a bald man bunny ears. They offer solid sustenance as well, in the form of made-to-order breakfast sandwiches, house-made pastries, and pizzas on ciabatta bread.
The rich flavors of Arabica beans burst from Panama Red Coffee Co.'s menu of handpicked coffee, ground and steeped using a craftsman-style batch-roasting technique. Guzzle a steaming mug of Panama Red joe, spiked with a shot of espresso, to fuel all-night study sessions or marathon congressional hearings ($2.25–$2.65). A blizzard of coffee, milk, and chocolate sweeteners swirl in the frosty Mocha Breeze ($3.35–$4.45) and regular or sugar-free hints of vanilla, almond, Jamaican rum, and other aromatic accents permeate flavored lattes ($3.15–$4.15). Cono pouring is available at the coffee bar for tastings and regular cups of coffee.