Breakfast Culture Club

This place is more than just a coffee shop. Breakfast Culture Club was founded on the idea of connecting artists around the world. The expansive white walls at Breakfast Culture Club display the works of artists from across the country, though most are local. They often host events such as art shows and open mics. Read More

Handlebar Coffee Roasters

Probably the most acclaimed coffee if Santa Barbara, Handlebar Roasters is a staple for caffeine enthusiasts all over town. This place lives up to the hype. Though prices are a little steep, the coffee and pastries at Handlebar are unparalleled in my opinion. If you are looking for quality, this is the coffee shop you’ve Read More

Java Station

Big tables, big cups, and a big parking lot: a finals week dream. When you’ve spent hours, days, weeks on end in the library staring at the 90s blue carpet and counting white speckled ceiling tiles – sometimes what you need is a change of scenery. Java Station doesn’t offer the trendy latte art and Read More

The French Press

The French Press is another Goleta gem that serves some of my favorite espresso in town. The French Press has several locations all over Santa Barbara, but I have spent the most time at the Goleta location. They serve not only great espresso drinks but also have amazing biscuits. I know it’s not the typical Read More

Old Town Coffee

Goleta gets a bad rep sometimes. People drive right through it, only attributing the gems of the city to downtown Santa Barbara. Don’t be fooled, there are plenty of gems in Goleta. From dive bars, to speakeasy lounges, to some of the best thrift shops in town I’ve found myself pleasantly surprised by Goleta time Read More

First things First: Caje

If you’ve spent time in Isla Vista, you are probably familiar with the town’s fan favorite coffee shop. Caje is the only place in IV you can get a hand crafted latte, smoothie bowl, and avocado toast smothered in balsamic glaze. I’ve spent many hours at Caje during my four years at UCSB, whether it’s Read More

Hello Universe!

Welcome to my blog on all things caffeinated in Santa Barbara. My name is Tara Ghai and I am a self-proclaimed coffee expert and enthusiast. I have been living in Santa Barbara for four years and am actively searching for the best cup of coffee in town. I have found a few hidden gems and treasures over Read More

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