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#34 Common Grounds


Antigua Coffee Shop

2171 Cowell Blvd.
Davis, CA
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Contact: 530-792-1781

 

WWW.COMMONGROUNDSDAVIS.COM
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Date Visited: October 18, 2019

This is a coffee shop I can get behind and so can 7,000 other people. Common Grounds has had a handful of battles but I can assure you, it’s here to stay. Who are they you ask? In 2013, the landlord of the business park decided to deny Common Grounds from renewing their spot to allow a Starbucks drive-thru to take its place. As word spread, the community became outraged. Something had to be done. Over 7,000 people signed a petition to keep Common Grounds over the well known Starbucks. Then the Mayor of Davis and a Senator stepped in and saved the day. It’s been thriving ever since, 16 years strong.

Not to mention, it’s run by the sweetest people, Son Chong and Michelle Kim. They have done a great job making the shop spotless, delightful, and full of coffee! Tons of coffee options, teas, smoothie, frappes, and much more. Their most popular drink right now is the lavender vanilla latte, and the special is the Aztec Mocha – a delicious twist on the traditional mocha with spiced Mexican chocolate. They sounded delicious but I went with a good ‘ole black coffee.

I ended up going here dozens of times while in Davis and began to get to know the baristas and the owner, Michelle, while I was there. They all treated me with the same friendliness, even before finding out what I was doing with Find That Coffee. In addition to great drinks and service, they also serve a variety of tasty sandwiches and baked goods. I tried a ton of their pastries while getting caught up on my coffee articles. After speaking with Michelle I came to learn that Common Grounds is a huge supporter of the cycling community. They have hung tons of local jerseys up and have become a meeting ground for bike clubs. A common ground if you will. The Davis bike club meets here every Wednesday night and the Woodland bike club meets here on Fridays. And, you can’t beat it for studying as well, tons of seating, great music, and day-old pastries were discounted! I enjoyed my time here and I will be back again and again!

Nothing gets me more excited about my cross-country adventure than discovering locals supporting locals. Small coffee shops like this are fully supported by the community and it’s amazing to see them give back in everything they do. Whether it’s their friendly attitudes, the way we all get to know each others lives, or our drinks made with care. This is what I search for, this is one of the many foundations of Find That Coffee.

The bathroom gets a 10/10 in my opinion. Always clean, and there were two so I never had to wait. Toilet paper, soap, and paper towels always stocked. They took pride in keeping this bathroom clean and smelling good.

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#33 Delta of Venus


Delta of Venus

122 B St.
Davis, CA
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Contact: 530-753-8639

 

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Date Visited: October 18, 2019

Starving in a town with a handful of coffee shops can be a godsend. Especially when you know some of the locals. After exploring Davis, California for the past couple of days, I kept hearing about the Delta of Venus. A locals word hadn’t let me down yet!

I was told to look for the giant bike rack out front. Found it! I couldn’t spot a sign out front but Google reassured me that I had reached my destination. I parked the van and walked through the very neat wooden passageway. People were outside soaking up the sun and enjoying the beautiful day ahead.

Heading inside I began to realize this was a California home back in the day. Wooden floors, tons of rooms, and a sweet layout. The walls were filled with artwork, fireplace covered in books, and an extensive menu that wrapped around two walls. Saying this place had character was an understatement, it was wonderfully homey.

I walked up and introduced myself to Blake, the barista. I told him why I was traveling and he couldn’t have been a more genuinely nice guy. I asked him what he recommended for breakfast – the veggie scramble – I went with it. This omelet is filled with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, red bell peppers, red onions, tomato, and garlic. Topped with melted jack cheese and sour cream. Ah, it makes me hungry to think about. It was one of the best omelets I’ve had on the road. And what pairs well with breakfast? Yup, you guessed it, a tasty cup of coffee. But, this wasn’t just any cup of coffee, the beans were roasted by bicycle by a man that goes by The Pepper Pedaler!

The DOV serves draft beer, wine, mimosas, and tons of hot and cold coffee options. The main food choices are omelets, salad, sandwiches, hummus, and soup. It all sounded delicious but that omelet was made with LOVE!

Blake walked me around the cafe when the line of people died down. Wow, this place got crowded! DOV has been around for almost 16 years and a staple in the college community for a very long time. They offer free wifi, tons of seating, a great amount of natural light, host a community library, offer vegan and vegetarian options, and sell used records, CDs, and books. Every Friday they have a DJ drop tunes in the afternoon. And be sure to check out the amazing artwork by Mich Martinez and Will Durkee. I will definitely be back. 

The bathroom gets an 8/10 rating. There was a sign on the door that reads, “Bathroom, We care about Hearts more than we care about parts.” I thought that was great and I thought all the tags on the door looked so cool.

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#32 Mishka’s Cafe


Mishka’s Cafe

610 2nd St.
Davis, CA
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Contact: 530-759-0811

 

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Date Visited: October 17, 2019

One of the most popular coffee shops in Davis, California, Mishka’s Cafe. Each time I drove by this cafe it was packed! And rumor has it that it was named after a cat that passed away! I was stoked to check this place out.  My first impression of it was a good one; tons of seating out front on the patio, on the side of the building and inside was rather large as well. No lie, almost every seat was taken with people talking to friends, relaxing, and working on their laptops. I was digging it.

I waited for the line to die down before interviewing the baristas. Everyone working there was extremely friendly to me and excited to find out what I was doing. Melanie and Cassidy were very accommodating and answered all of my questions. But before we could get started, they poured me a delicious and beautiful cappuccino. It was accompanied by a tasty espresso chocolate. They informed me that Mishka’s has been grinding since 1995, over 25 years! In the mornings, locals takeover, while students tend to trickle in during the afternoon. It makes sense; there is tons of room to spread out, free wifi, comforting jazz music, and they close at 9:30 p.m. every night. Their most popular drink is a latte. And they conveniently offer 2 bathrooms. I enjoyed my time here. Mishka’s even roasts their own beans; they know what they’re doing.

Also when you’re here be sure to walk around and check out the artwork. While I was visiting they were highlighting an artist named Megna Hari and all of her wonderful prints. She made them by carving linoleum blocks and hand-rolling ink onto them before pressing on paper. Videos of her process can be found on her site. I  added a few photos of my favorites. The word “amazing” is an understatement. Go check it out while enjoying a delicious latte.

The bathrooms were fine, considering how many people were there it was surprisingly clean. There was a giant mirror that allowed me to check myself out and make sure I didn’t have any chocolate stuck in my teeth LOL. I’d rate the bathrooms a 7/10, nothing special but they would get the job done. 

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#31 Cloud Forest Cafe


Cloud Forest Cafe

222 D St.
Davis, CA
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Contact: 530-753-2164

 

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Date Visited
: October 17, 2019

Do you like biking and coffee? Cloud Forest Cafe is a place worth checking out. They have a freaking bike suspended from the ceiling! Cloud Forest Cafe is an essential part of the coffee community in Davis, California. They have been around for over 20 years, fueling the community with coffee, smoothies, and good vibes. This seemed like a perfect spot for students to study and locals to hang out. I had to find out more.

I walked up to the counter and introduced myself to the barista. Her name was Garcia and she helped answer all of my questions. I ordered a small drip coffee and it was delicious. I come to find out that they roast their beans and they were doing a damn good job. And if you don’t want coffee they offer tea, Italian soda, smoothies, and tons of chai options. Garcia highlighted their wide variety of fresh-squeezed made-to-order fruit juices. Their most popular juice right now is the Pink Lady. This drink consists of oranges, pineapples, beets, and limes. It sounded refreshing I must say! Cloud Forest also offers an array of vegan and vegetarian options. They’re known for their paninis, avocado toast, and other breakfast options. A perfect place to relax, not to mention, the refills are only $0.50 and free Wifi for customers.

The bicycle hanging above me was such a beautiful relic. The plaque below reads:

“What does an old Schwinn bicycle have to do with Davis, California? Both Davis and Schwinn Bicycle Company experienced a bike boom in the 1970s. I like old Schwinns so much that I gave this one to Cloud Forest Cafe to look at while enjoying my favorite cup of coffee in Davis. You can still see old Schwinns riding around the city fifty years after they were built – bold bikes in a bold city.”
– Collector – 2014 UCD Alumni: Jeff S.

That is one gorgeous bike and I love that they display it for everyone to enjoy. Definitely one of my favorite discoveries in this shop, along with the handmade pottery for sale, and mosaic fish bench out front. I had a wonderful visit and understand why the cafe has been here for so long.

The bathrooms were a bit of a maze to find through the hallways but I was happy to see that they had two to offer. The bathrooms were basic but great for any situation, for this, I’ll rate it a 9/10. 

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#30 Barista Brew


Black Frog Coffee
(Barista Brew Cafe)

431 G St.
Davis, CA
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Contact: 530-757-7575

 

WWW.BLACKFROGCOFFEE.COM
IG @blackfrogcoffee_davis

Date Visited: October 17, 2019

This coffee shop has been a long time staple on the block in Davis, CA: 11 years and counting. I have been told that Barista Brew received a complete facelift this past summer of 2019 and I have to say it was beautifully clean in there. I stood in line behind a local student carrying her backpack. She seemed to be seeking a good coffee. I was greeted by a tall friendly guy named Luke. He has worked at Barista Brew for over a year and answered all my questions. He even offered to make me a drink on the house.

I was scanning the menu when Luke asked, “Would you like an iced latte?” I told him that sounded perfect. He began making my drink as I fired off some questions. The majority of customers are students and locals who enjoy Barista Brew’s great coffee and free wifi. Barista Brew offers some excellent deals: a Medium Iced Coffee for $1.99 all day long, and during “coffee o’clock” (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) you can get a medium latte, mocha, or chai for the low cost of $2.75 (plus tax.) I would be in here all the time if I lived around here. Speaking of which, this latte was delicious. I found it delightful to find free persimmons and pomegranates in a basket on the counter. Luke told me the owner brought them in from home for customers to enjoy. That right there said a lot about this place.

Barista brew serves both breakfast and lunch with some appetizing and sizable options for a coffee shop. Anywhere from a breakfast burrito to a turkey pesto wrap! If you want something smaller, they offer homemade pastries like vanilla scones, cinnamon bread, and some enticing chocolate chip cookies.

If you come to hang out or get work done, it’s the perfect spot! Super clean and peaceful with few distractions and not a speck of dust. This is one of the few places that still offer a couch and comfy chairs. Worth checking out, you may just fall in love with the place, I know I did.

Their bathroom gets a 9/10, super clean and simple. My only suggestion is to add a cool mural or some character but besides that the bathroom is perfect. I appreciated the bright light in there, nothing worse than walking into a dark and dingy restroom.

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#29 Three Ladies Cafe


Three Ladies Cafe

130 G Suite A
Davis, CA
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Contact: 530-302-3434

 

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Date Visited
: October 17, 2019

Need a good place to hang out? I’ve got just the spot, Three Ladies Cafe is filled with tons of natural light, tasty smoothies, and good coffee! But, let me take you through my journey to find TLC. I had just rolled into Davis, California and was in dire need for a good cup of coffee. The sun was shining and my one rule was to find a nice patio to enjoy a coffee. I was heading South on G street when I discovered Three Ladies Cafe. This was perfect, beautiful patio seating under a giant olive tree. I was brewing with excitement because olive trees don’t grow in Maryland. Sometimes it’s the little things that a coffee shop has or does that makes my experience that much better.

Three Ladies Cafe is full of space and an ample amount of natural light. Although the windows had seemed pretty tinted from the outside, they did allow light to flood the shop. They had great-looking menus consisting of food and coffee. I stepped up to the counter and met Michael and Reyna, two super friendly baristas. The smile on their faces expressed just how much they love working here. After making up my mind, I ordered a medium cup of drip coffee with a little room for cream. A customer walked past me carrying a fresh bowl of fruit they had ordered. Then, I heard Reyna say, “Here’s your medium coffee.” I splashed a little 2% milk in the coffee and began reaching for a lid. Suddenly, I was caught off-guard, the lids looked different than any I’ve seen before. I was literally about to ask when Michael then told me, “Aren’t they cool? They’re fully compostable and environmentally friendly.” Now that is pretty sweet, I enjoy meeting coffee shops that are conscious of their impact on the world.

After walking around and checking everything this shop had to offer, I had to interview them. Walking back up to the counter and telling Michael about my travel blog. He told me that TLC is only 2 years young and was started by Beizhi Pan and she has a love for smoothies. In fact, they actually started as a smoothie shop and later introduced coffee and teas. All of the food and produce is sourced locally and they use high-quality ingredients. Beizhi wanted to create an environment that was both friendly and welcoming. I felt exactly that, not to mention the artwork was phenomenal. There’s tons of room to work, play, and/or relax. I thanked them for taking the time to talk to me and headed outside to soak up the sun and relax on the patio. The patio itself was clean and the furniture was nice and sturdy. Sun shining, birds chirping, and sipping coffee, life doesn’t get better than that.

I checked the bathroom out and it was pretty good, gets the job done. They had air plants hanging on the walls, a great subtle touch to a really clean bathroom. For that, I will give the bathroom an 8/10.