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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. 

Coffee Shop

#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.