Tracked down Verve Coffee Roasters when we were in Santa Cruz yesterday. I’ve seen their beans around San Francisco a bit but not in any of the cafes we’ve been to, and they’re featured in my San Francisco Best Coffee app so it was definitely on the list if we’d had enough sand and pumpkins. We had to drive quite a way from the beach to find them and as with a lot of the cafes in the US that are worth going to, it wasn’t necessarily right in the shopping district but rather on a long residential/commercial street that felt a bit like Motel Mile in Rotorua.
Worth the stop for sure. The interior was very cool with the glass cabinet of sweeties and the hip baristas behind the counter.
The coffee tasted good – fairly strong but we needed the pick up because it was late afternoon and I’d been waiting a while for my next fix.
While there I overheard a couple of locals talking about a great place for dinner just on the way out of town so we took the unofficial tip and had a fantastic dinner before driving home along Highway 1 in the dark (no reflective roadside markers!)
Verve Coffee Roasters, 816 41st Avenue, Santa Cruz