By Jillian Green
For most students, coffee is a morning routine, and most choose to stop by Starbucks before school. Although conveniently located by the school, Starbucks is not always for everyone. Thankfully, Temecula is full of small business coffee shops, such as Ryan Bros., It’s A Grind Coffee House, and Liquid Leaf, all of which serve delicious, high-quality coffee and provide a great experience.
One important component of a successful coffee shop is the environment. Cafés benefit the local community, offering a place for social gatherings, business meetings, and study halls for students. Local coffee shops can provide a cozy atmosphere along with a nice cup of coffee. “I go to Ryan Bros. a lot. It’s like a really cute coffee shop. It has benches and a patio to go drink your coffee,” said Sophomore Georgia Sanchez. Coffee shops provide a peaceful setting that allows people to fully appreciate their drink. “It just depends on what you like. If you like more quiet areas, you should go to a local coffee shop, [since] hardly anyone’s there,” Sanchez said. Because of their quieter setting, most coffee shops are perfect for downtime, especially since there is a wide variety of beverages to choose from. “I go to The Liquid Leaf. . .it’s a small coffee shop, like no one ever goes there…it’s more special. They have their own brews and different specialties. It’s a really nice place,” said Senior Kaylee Luc. There is more to a good coffeehouse than just what is on the menu, and the atmosphere of the place proves to be a very important aspect.
Of course, the most important part of a coffeehouse is the coffee. Quality coffee at a reasonable price is what brings people back for more. “The prices are fairly the same, like three-ish dollars, but they also have different sizes than Starbucks. It seems like you’re getting better quality because of the service also,” mentioned Luc. Although some of the drinks are a bit pricey, according to Sanchez it just “depends on what you’re getting.” Alongside the classic coffee that these places offer, students can be adventurous with some of the interesting brews. Coffee at these nearby locations are flavorful and explorative with their unique combinations.
Besides the coffee itself, the service of a café is also essential for a good experience. From personal experience, the lively yet homey air of some of the coffee shops around Temecula is inexplicably warming. Students will easily fall in love with the ambience of Temecula’s local coffeehouses. “It’s more personal, I guess, if you’re a regular like I am they’ll try to learn your name,” Luc said, “They’ll have more conversations with you, and it’s a lot less busy.” The atmosphere of these places are cozy and chic. For those looking for home away from home, it is easy to consider local coffeehouses in Temecula
If a student is looking for more out of their average cup of joe, they should explore Temecula’s coffee shops. As Luc encouraged, “You [should] branch out and try different places rather than just Starbucks, which is very mainstream.” Most local coffee shops are only a short drive from the school and open fairly early. Local coffee shops are filled with unique experiences and beverages students will definitely want to come back for.