"Coffee," wrote the great Honoré de Balzac, "quells the rebellion of hunger, looses the cavalcade of imagination, and primes one's voice for shouting at the television." Enjoy the long-recognized benefits of this vigorous beverage with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of barista beverages and café eats at the Coffee Garden. This independent bean brewery on Franklin Boulevard maintains generous hours seven days a week.
Brewing coffee at home is a crapshoot of ratios, freshness, and equipment. Instead of waking up to smell the home-brewed coffee, start leaping out of bed in a streaking sprint to the Coffee Garden to expose your nostrils and fuzzy slippers to the flowerful fragrance of roasted bean juice. Perk up in the midmorning sun amid a potted jungle of greenery on the back patio with a signature cup of coffee ($1.50 for 12 oz.) or an indulgent mocha ($3.25 for 12 oz.). When high noon hangs above, halt sweat beads in their browed beginnings with an iceberg's worth of iced tea ($2.25 for 24 oz.) or a cold café au lait $3.50 for 24 oz.).
Though the interior is canvassed in a regular rotation of hand-stroked paintings and industrial sculpture, amateur art critics agree that some of the Coffee Garden’s most impressive installations reside in the back kitchen. The cooks present a modern juxtaposition of breakfast and lunch items ranging from post-modern barbecue-chicken pizza ($6.95) to classical veggie quiche ($4.00) inspired by Renoir. Though the friendly staff prohibits sticking forks into the nearest houseplant, civil diners can order a garden-fresh salad paired with any half-cut labor of sandwichal love for a 50/50 feast ($5.95).
A studious and social playground, the Coffee Garden has nooks for reading books, open-air patios for breathing oxygen, and cozy furniture for casual conversing. Hopscotch through the events calendar in pursuit of open mics, art showings, and plant sales.
- I moved in across the street and haven't been to a more relaxed, enjoyable and friendly coffeeshop. Period. – Curtis B., Insider Pages
- This place has great coffee and snacks, and the atmosphere is really chill. It has an indoor area, and in the back you can choose a seat in either a smoking or non-smoking section. I enjoyed coming here, the service is really friendly. – Cheryl K., Insider Pages
2904 Franklin Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95818Get Directions