The Best Coffee In Santa Barbara

Usually I get a cup or two of coffee in the morning at the Santa Barbara Roasting Company. It’s better than Starbucks or Peet’s here in town.

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The coffee beans are roasted fresh daily every morning! And the smell of roasting coffee beans just enhances the aroma of the place. Few things smell as enticing as a thick air of fresh roasting beans.

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And no, this gentleman isn’t Juan Valdez of Columbia, perhaps the most famous coffee bean expert in Columbia. Sorry to disappoint everyone, but Juan isn’t a real character, despite what the once popular coffee commercials would indicate.

The machine below is the roaster. Ever day they roast at least 8 different coffee beans from all over the world. Below in you can see the unroasted coffee beans. I’ve never seen raw beans before.

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SBRC has a nice selection of coffees brewed fresh with unlimited refills – not that it’s recommended to drink more than a couple.

Today, there was a cute girl with a dog sitting outside the coffee shop. She had a small bulldog looking dog with a pudgy snout. As I set my coffee down on the ground to take the photo above, I stared it cold in the eyes and told the dog, “Don’t drink my coffee!” Literally, the second I set it down, the cute dog lunged forward, pulling the heavy metal bench he was tied to about two feet, as if it understood exactly what I said. The girl and I laughed.

The coffee is so delicious that even dogs can’t resist the smell of some fresh brew. Mmmmmmm.