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The Ultimate Guide to Women-Owned Coffee Shops in Southern California

At Vega Coffee, we dedicate ourselves to highlighting the work of women throughout the coffee supply chain, from the farm to your cup. So, in honor of International Women’s Day, we’re kicking off a new series of guides we’ve named, The Ultimate Guide to Women-Owned Coffee Shops. This first guide features my native Southern California! We were elated to find out that this is actually quite an undertaking, given how many women-owned businesses there are in Southern California.

We profiled each business owner, and created a map to make it easy for those in the area to visit them. What better way to kick off today than to support your local woman-owned coffee shop? Each of these women bring something unique and beautiful to the world of coffee, and let me tell you: their drinks will have you California dreamin’.

I raise my mug to these inspiring women. Thank you for your steadfast dedication to making delicious coffees and everyone’s day a little brighter.

Happy International Women's Day!
Noushin

Co-Founder, Vega Coffee

PS - If we accidentally missed you in this guide, or if you have an idea of where we should take our Ultimate Women-Owned Coffee Shop Guide next, please reach out to us at community@vegacoffee.com!

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Table of Contents

LOS ANGELES

  • The Nomads
    *No storefronts, but you can catch them and their delicious coffee at farmers’ markets, pop-up cafes and other events!
    • Ally Walsh, Canyon Coffee (Echo Park)
    • June Haupts, Welcome Coffee Cart (Santa Barbara)
    • Sheree Telmo, MeKa Coffee
    • Molly Goldstein, Ahimsa Caravan Cafe
    • Pilar Castañeda, Café Santo (Echo Park)
    • Chelsea Stock, Tectonic Coffee
  • San Fernando Valley
    • Kristine de la Cruz, Crème Caramel LA (Sherman Oaks)
    • Sandra Cordero, Gasolina Cafe (Woodland Hills)
    • Arlene Yuan, TEAPOP (North Hollywood)
    • Leah Pringle, Red Window Coffee (Studio City)
    • Amy Cohen, SteamPunk Coffee Bar & Kitchen (Valley Village)
  • Burbank
    • Joanna Heart, The Palm Coffee Bar (Burbank)
    • Karima Correa, Lou The French On The Block (Burbank)
    • Heidy Fu, Simply Coffee
    • Kerry Krull, Romancing the Bean (Burbank)
  • Eastside
    • Heidy Fu, Black Elephant Coffee (Atwater Village)
    • Annie Choi, Found Coffee (Eagle Rock)
    • Monique “Mo” Maravilla, Kindness & Mischief Coffee (Highland Park)
    • Paola Guasp, Amara Kitchen (Highland Park)
    • Naomi Shim, Doubting Thomas (Historic Filipinotown)
  • Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley
    • Melanie Porter, Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar (Pasadena)
    • Sarah Buranaprapaphan, again café x chibiscus ramen (Pasadena)
    • Willa’s Coffee Hut (Pasadena)
    • Chrysti Chaney, Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters (Pasadena)
    • Ingin Kim, Peri Coffee (Altadena)
  • DTLA
    • Joan Leclerc, Earth Bean Coffee (DTLA)
    • Natalie Stanisich, Two Guns Espresso (DTLA)
    • Lisette Gavina Lopez, F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc. (Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana in DTLA)
  • Koreatown
    • Sojung “Sofia” Kwon, Doc.U.Ment Coffee Bar (Koreatown)
    • Karen Lee, spl. coffee (Koreatown)
    • Silbia Lee, bia coffee (Koreatown)
  • Silver Lake
    • Jessica Koslow, Sqirl (Silver Lake)
    • Elyse Goyen and Kate O’Connor, Roo Silver Lake
    • Emily Fiffer and Heather Sperling, Botanica Restaurant (Silver Lake)
    • Kristine de la Cruz & Annie Choi, FrankieLucy Bakeshop (Silver Lake)
    • Michelle Hantoot, Dinosaur Coffee (Silver Lake)
  • Echo Park
    • Janine Awan, Woodcat Coffee (Echo Park)
    • Casey Goch, Shreebs (Echo Park)
    • Soo Ran Kim, Eightfold Coffee (Echo Park)
  • Hollywood
    • Jean Shim, RUBIES+DIAMONDS (Hollywood)
    • Ai Zhang, CAFE IF 如果咖啡店 (West Hollywood)
    • Shi Jun Ng, The Assembly (West Hollywood)
    • Alexandra Morton and Lauren Hogarth, Smith & Tait (West Hollywood)
    • Roxana Jullapat, Friends & Family (East Hollywood)
  • Mid City
    • Claire Ackad, Coffee For Sasquatch (Fairfax)
    • Anya & Marina Michelson, Paper or Plastik Cafe (Mid City)
    • Chelsea Matthews, Highly Likely Café (West Adams)
    • Mindy Voranartsomdee, Met Her At A Bar (Mid-Wilshire)
  • Westside
    • BatSheva Vaknin, Aharon Coffee & Roasting Co (Beverly Hills)
    • Trisha Perez, 310 Coffee Company (Mar Vista)
    • Hyeyoung Tarin & Cecilia “CJ” Jarcia, Supa Coffee (Pico-Robertson)
    • Olivia, Noemi & Elisabeth Avila, Howling Juice (Culver City)
    • Chi-Lin Pendergrast, Sidecar Doughnuts (Santa Monica)
    • Sachi & Chiyo Hartley, SACHI.LA (Del Rey)
    • Jessie Alexander, Cafe Panamericana (Pico Robertson)
    • Pam Stollings, UnUrban Coffee (Santa Monica)
    • Zoe Nathan, Huckleberry Bakery & Café (Santa Monica)
    • Lisa Olin & Elizabeth Belkind, Cake Monkey Bakery (Beverly Grove)
  • South Bay
    • Karen Prugh, Hi-Fi Espresso (Hermosa Beach)
    • Natalie Stanisich, Two Guns Espresso (Manhattan Beach)
    • Shanita Nicholas & Amanda-Jane Thomas, Sip & Sonder (Inglewood)
  • Long Beach
    • Christa Duggan, Portola Coffee Roasters (Long Beach)
    • Juliette Simpkins, Black Ring Coffee (Long Beach)
    • Denise Maldonado, Confidential Coffee (Long Beach)
    • Makenzie Hendrix, Vibes Cafe (Long Beach)
    • Kat McIver & Angie Evans, Wide Eyes Open Palms (Long Beach)
    • Andrea Fleytas, The Merchant (Long Beach)

SOUTH OF LA

  • Orange County
    • Christa Duggan, Portola Coffee Roasters
      (Costa Mesa, Tustin, Santa Ana, Old Town Orange, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo)
    • Ally Garvin, Neat Coffee (Costa Mesa)
    • Jeni Castro, Coffee Dose (Costa Mesa)
    • Chi-Lin Pendergrast, Sidecar Doughnuts (Costa Mesa)
    • Jenny Preechatiwong, Coffee Nature (Costa Mesa)
    • Jennifer Green & Gigi Pascual, Dough & Arrow (Costa Mesa)
    • Eunice Hwang & Jee Shin, KIT Coffee (Newport Beach)
    • Karen Diedrich, Kéan Coffee (Tustin, Newport Beach)
    • Bonnie Williams, Vacancy Coffee Bar (Newport Beach)
    • Becca Mantei, Daydream Surf Shop (Newport Beach)
    • Andreea Moyes, Surf Cafea (Huntington Beach)
    • Julie Nguyen, Contra Coffee & Tea (Orange)
    • Annie Kendall, High Tide Coffee (San Clemente)
    • Bri Huskins, Huskins Coffee (Santa Ana)
    • Senah Kim, MAZ cáfe con leche (Santa Ana)
    • Alecia Draper, Moonwood Coffee Company (Huntington Beach)
    • Julie Fernandez, Neighborly Coffee (San Juan Capistrano)
    • Eunjoo Pluenneke, Balboa Lily’s (Newport Beach)
    • Anita Anderson, Sit Stay Cafe (Huntington Beach)
    • Rachel Klemek, Blackmarket Bakery (Costa Mesa, Santa Ana)
  • San Diego
    • Brynn Nersesian, The Grounds Bean Bar (Crown Point)
    • Kelsey Morante, Subterranean Coffee Boutique (North Park)
    • Carolina Santana, Por Vida (Barrio Logan)
    • Samantha Nawrocki, Manzanita Roasting Company (Rancho Bernardo)
    • Thanh-Thanh “T2” Dang, Banana Dang (Oceanside)
    • Chi-Lin Pendergrast, Sidecar Doughnuts (Del Mar)
    • Kim Berry, Chrissy Stothers & Valeria Moran, Heartwork Coffee Bar (Mission Hills)
    • Celeste Raymond, Dane Coffee Roasters
    • Marlene Poniente, Marleez Koffee
    • Jen Byard, Communal Coffee (North Park, South Park)
    • Caroline Vaught, Cat & Craft Cafe (Vista)
    • Laurie Britton, Cafe Virtuoso
    • Danielle Riggins, Ultreya Coffee
    • Geraldine Ridaura, Holy Matcha (*no coffee, but matcha & tea galore!)
    • Rachel Klemek, Blackmarket Bakery (Santa Ana)

EAST OF LA & SAN GABRIEL VALLEY

  • Pomona
    • Paola Gonzalez, Mi Cafecito Coffee (Pomona)
  • San Bernardino
    • Jade Valore, Rad Coffee (Upland)
    • Rachel Tonyan, Tonyan Coffee Roasters (Apple Valley)
    • Casandra “Zee” Reyes, Chai Coffee Co (Yucaipa)
    • Mary Kate Hunter, Grey Whale Roasters (Yucaipa)
    • Amanda McKinnon, Dirty Penguin (Chino Hills)
  • Riverside
    • Yasmine Wooten, The Press Espresso (Temecula, Murrieta)

NORTH OF LA TO THE CENTRAL COAST

  • Bakersfield
    • Stasie Bitton, Cafe Smitten
    • Morgan Bonn, Cloud 9 Coffee Company
  • Ventura County
    • Cammy Garman, Palm & Boy Coffee & Acai (Ventura, Oxnard)
    • Jennifer Peck Wheir, Beacon Coffee (Ventura, Ojai)
    • Sarah Pritchett, Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters (Oxnard, Newbury Park)
    • Lisa Olin & Elizabeth Belkind, Cake Monkey Bakery (Thousand Oaks/Westlake Village)
    • Gayla Moore, Moore Coffee & Tea (Ventura)
  • Santa Barbara County
    • Erika Carter-Dart, Dart Coffee Co. (Santa Barbara)
    • Megan Tingstrom, Red Kettle Coffee (Summerland)
    • Noushin Ketabi, Vega Coffee
    • Kim Olsen, Handlebar Coffee Roasters (Santa Barbara)
    • Leyla Williams, Good Seed Coffee (Solvang)
    • Julia Mayer, The French Press & Dune Coffee Roasters (Santa Barbara)
    • Sherry Villanueva, The Lucky Penny (Vega Coffee served HERE)
    • Sherry Villanueva, Loquita (Vega Coffee served HERE)
    • Sherry Villanueva, Les Marchands (Vega Coffee served HERE)
  • San Luis Obispo
    • Miria Moreton, Red Bee Coffee (Grover Beach)
    • Sara Peterson, Scout Coffee

LOS ANGELES

The “Nomads”

Ally Walsh

Canyon Coffee

web | Insta: @canyoncoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I like getting up early to make coffee for my partner and I. I start the kettle on our gas stove to heat up enough water to make a Chemex for two, and light candles while it heats. I weigh out and grind around 30 grams of fresh Canyon Coffee beans. When the water boils, I pre-wet the filter, and after another minute or so, I go about slowly making my pour over, letting the coffee bloom for 30-40 seconds before continuing to slowly fill.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Welcome Coffee Cart - run by June Haupts! We started our businesses around the same time, and have been lucky enough to have partnered with June for a bunch of events since then — over the last three years now! When working with June I know I have nothing to worry about. She is one of the hardest workers I know and brings so much joy and ease to all that she does.

June Haupts

Welcome Coffee Cart

web | Insta: @welcomecoffeecart
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I have many coffee rituals. 3 days a week I wake up at 6 a.m. and make 125 specialty coffees for LinkedIn employees before I even have coffee myself. The other days I like to make a french press for my partner and myself of single origin coffee. We sit outside and work on the crossword and slow down with one another. That is a priority when I’m not making coffee for other people. We love supporting our local coffee houses and frequent the baristas daily, ordering a shot of espresso each.

Most popular drink on the menu?

My most popular drink on the menu is the Lavender Latte. I pick the lavender and infuse it in a simple syrup and add 2 shots of espresso.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

My friend Casey owns Shreebs Coffee in LA. She is about to open a shop in Silverlake/Echo Park area. She started off in a shipping container in the Arts District. Her design is gorgeous and artsy. She is a huge advocate for women owned businesses.

Sheree Telmo

MeKa Coffee

325 15th St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
web | Insta: @mekacoffeesd
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Every morning at least before 9AM, it’s Black Coffee over ice and then the day begins.

Most popular drink on the menu?

So far, “the jeffreys” per my husband, business partner is everyone’s favorite (Peanut Butter Caramel Latté on the Secret Menu).

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Since we are not a mobile coffee cart / coffee shop, we still visit local roasters and coffee shop on weekends with our girls. My personal favorite is The Merchant in Long Beach (Bixby Knoll)

Molly Goldstein

Ahimsa Caravan Cafe

web | Insta: @ahimsacaravancafe
What's your daily coffee ritual?

My daily coffee ritual involves quite a few stops. I start my day with a large french press and a good book on my porch. Then comes a late morning stop at one of my favorite local cafes for an almond milk flat white where I whip out my computer and get some work done. I try and switch it up for my mid afternoon cafe stop where I cool down with a strong cold brew.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Ahimsa Caravan Cafe is a hit on the Southern California festival circuit where exhausted and overheated festival goers line up for our organic, fair trade and solar-roasted cold brew.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Leah Pringle's Red Window in Studio City is my saving grace. I first became infatuated with coffee and coffee culture while living abroad in Melbourne, Australia where I consequently found my drink of choice, an almond milk Flat-White. This was back in 2014 when no one in the US was doing flat whites. When I came back to California, enthusiastic to embark on my new chosen career path, I would speak with such enthusiasm about coffee in Australia, "It's ten years ahead of us!" Every coffee I drank upon return couldn't compare. Then, a miracle happened. An Australian couple opened a whole-in-the-wall coffee shop in my neighborhood called Red Window (it's actually in an old parking attendant booth in front of my favorite sushi restaurant). This sidewalk cafe reminds me everyday why I fell in love with coffee and every flat-white a reminder of my life abroad. Couldn't be more grateful to this woman.

Pilar Castañeda

Café Santo

web | Insta: @cafesanto
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I look forward to drinking my cup of coffee every morning since it's my fuel for my day. I'm always on the go during the week so I use the quickest method to brew my coffee at home. I usually grind my beans and then turn on my Moccamaster and while my coffee brews I get ready to work.

Most popular drink on the menu?

The most popular drink on our menu is our Oaxacan Mocha. It's our semi-sweet chocolate from Oaxaca, located in the south of Mexico, that contains almond and cinnamon mixed with our espresso blend that creates a perfect balance of flavor.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Kindness & Mischief- Love how Mo contributes to the community through coffee.

Great coffee and good vibes.

San Fernando Valley

Kristine de la Cruz

Crème Caramel LA

14849 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411, USA
web | Insta: @creme_caramel_la
What's your daily coffee ritual?

My daily coffee ritual is direct lining it into my veins. (If only.) 😀 We wake up at 2am every day to get our wholesale orders out by 7am, so coffee is absolutely essential to function. The first cup is for survival, so it could be a 7-11 coffee. 😆 (WHICH I know is a little sacrilegious considering we have access to specialty coffee) But the second cup is definitely to be enjoyed and to keep me going. Usually an oat milk latte if I'm feeling decadent or a cortado if I just need to power through.

Most popular drink on the menu?

At both of our shops (Crème Caramel LA and FrankieLucy Bakeshop) the most popular drink is our Ube Horchata. It's a vegan horchata with purple yam, coconut, almond, and rice milk, cane sugar, and cinnamon with a shot of espresso. It's pretty and delicious!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?
  • Kindness and Mischief - Mo is a darling and one of our biggest supporters. And her space is super cute!
  • Found Coffee - Our partner, Annie, owns a specialty coffee shop in Eagle Rock that is well loved by the locals and specialty coffee enthusiasts!
  • Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters - Chrysti is amazeballs. She just expanded their brick and mortar and did most of the work herself!
  • Steampunk Cafe - Amy was one of our first wholesale customers when we opened our Sherman Oaks store and she continues to be one of our most vocal cheerleaders.
  • TeaPop - Arlene owns this super cute venue in North Hollywood with delicious teas and coffees!

Sandra Cordero

Gasolina Cafe

21014 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364, USA
web | Insta: @gasolinacafe
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I love me a cappuccino around 10 am, then after lunch an espresso or in the hot summer months some of our cold brew.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our Lattes are our # 1 selling (espresso) drinks, we make our vanilla and mocha in house, so those lattes are very popular as well.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I’m a big fan of Huckleberry Cafe and Cake Monkey Bakery.

Arlene Yuan

TeaPop

5050 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601, USA
web | Insta: @teapop

Leah Pringle

Red Window Coffee

12953 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, USA
web | Insta: @redwindowcoffee

Amy Cohen

SteamPunk Coffee Bar & Kitchen

12526 Burbank Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607, USA
web | Insta: @steampunkcoffeeandkitchen

Burbank

Joanna Heart

The Palm Coffee Bar

2922 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505, USA
web | Insta: @thepalmcoffeebar
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I live just one block from my shop, so it is always a kiss from my toddler, (and also from the husband of course!) and a quick walk over in the 72 degree Burbank sunshine! I start the day with an unsweetened almond milk cappuccino with CDB.... without fail.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our most popular drink is a classic... latte. We use Strauss Organic Milk so its rich, creamy and the perfect staple for a daily ritual! Our most popular food item is a our organic turkey havarti panini on ciabatta, baked fresh and sent to us daily by FarmShop.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Kindness & Mischief. Their owner is kind, caring and supportive of other females in the biz! She was willing to help me when I had questions and had just opened my business. She also runs her business very similar to mine, it is all about community and bringing people together. Plus she's doing some really cool pop ups and fun vegan stuff! Check them out at: http://www.kandmcoffee.com/.

Karima Correa

Lou The French On The Block

4007 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505, USA
web | Insta: @louthefrenchontheblock
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I start my day with a hazelnut almond milk latte made by my favorite barista at Lou The French On The Block (Clay) then I usually get an americano later in the day, not because I need caffeine but because I LOVE IT SO MUCH ;-)

Most popular drink on the menu?

Latte !!!! regular, almond milk or soy latte doesn’t matter it’s delicious

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I love Romancing the bean in Burbank, it’s warm, welcoming has great coffee and every single visit is everything it needs to be: delicious, great customer service with a great ambiance feels very welcoming. I also love the vibe at Palms Coffee in burbank. The owner is a hard working sweetheart with a great girly clean ambiance.

Heidy Fu

Simply Coffee

940 N Lima St, Burbank, CA 91505, USA
web | Insta: @simplycoffeeca
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Kerry Krull

Romancing the Bean

3413 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505, USA
web | Insta: @romancingthebean

Eastside

Heidy Fu

Black Elephant Coffee

1805, 3195 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039, USA
web | Insta: @blackelephantcoffeela
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I am definitely the adventurous type in terms of coffee and always willing to try new flavors. I like seasonal Single Origen blends, Guatemala Finca el Injerto is one of my favorites ones at the moment. I do a pour over at home, I own a Chemex, and drink it black.

Most popular drink on the menu?

That is a hard one! Our Mexican Elephant Moca is pretty popular, it’s got Mexican chocolate, a little cardamon, a little cinnamon, coffee and your choice of milk. The Horchata Latte is also one of my favorites and it’s delicious!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Wow! There are so many! I’m going to give a shout out to the women business owners on our street, Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village. Almost all my neighbors are women: Molly Fleming from Palette, Karen Olivas from Crux, Isabel from Dekor, Patricia from Crystal Matrix! Almost everyone on our block is female which is an amazing thing!

Annie Choi

Found Coffee

1355 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA
web | Insta: @foundcoffeela
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I don't have a daily coffee ritual at home anymore because I can just go into my coffee shop and use fancier equipment there :) I like to switch it up between espresso-based drinks and pour overs, but I tend to lean towards pour overs. We love to rotate our pourover bar bean selections at Found. Our ratio for beans to water/volume is usually 1:14. With freshly ground beans, a Hario gooseneck kettle, and the Kalita Wave dripper, I can make myself 10oz of a delicious single origin cup of coffee in about 3-4 minutes.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our most popular is the Bourbon Vanilla Latte. Lots of people ask if there's alcoholic bourbon in the drink, but it's actually the varietal of the vanilla bean that we use (as opposed to say, a Tahitian or Madagascar vanilla bean). We make the syrup in house, and the drink is not too sweet. There's a nice balance of sweetness with the natural sweetness of the espresso, and I love that you can see the vanilla bean specks in the drink itself.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Gotta give it up for one of our mainstay local coffee microroasters, Peri Coffee, which is owned by Ingin Kim. She's based in Altadena, which is right next to us in Eagle Rock, and she nails it with the roasting. We love the Ethiopia Guji Majo that she offers -- it's juicy and a flavor bomb every time we brew up a cup.

Monique “Mo” Maravilla

Kindness & Mischief Coffee

5537 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042, USA
web | Insta: @kandmcoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

My daily coffee ritual is usually an almond cortado or almond cappuccino. Cortado if I'm working, cappuccino if I have a moment longer to sit and enjoy!

Most popular drink on the menu?

The classics of filter coffee and cold brew are definitely hits, but our signature beverage called "The Kindness" is a best-seller. It's espresso, coconut condensed milk, cinnamon, and your choice of milk!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Oh goodness, there are SO many! I am super lucky to be surrounded by incredible women in my life. Kristine De La Cruz of "Creme Caramel" and "FrankieLucy Bakeshop", Justine Hernandez of "Just What I Kneaded" vegan bakery, Ernestine Lisa of "Leaf and Spine" plant shop, Desha Ferris of "The Designacture" archiand the badass ladies Marisol Sison and Sherille Samson behind "Ladies of Sound" just to name just a few! Oh, and Nairi Petrosian of RevCycle and Spin Movement as well as Corissa Hernandez of CBC Eagle Rock and House of Xelas — those ladies are just too amazing to not mention!

Paola Guasp

Amara Kitchen

519 N Avenue 64, Los Angeles, CA 90042, USA
web | Insta: @amarakitchen
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Recently it has been waking up to my boyfriend handing me a cup of coffee in bed!! It’s blended with my homemade almond cashew milk, (it’s called Amara Milk at my restaurant), mct oil, cinnamon and collagen! Then either we drink it in bed or go out to the porch and enjoy it while looking at the lovely San Gabriel Mountains.

Most popular drink on the menu?

It changes — during when its cold out our Amara Milk Latte and when it’s hot, our Rose Palmer, which is rose ice lemonade with beet juice (mostly for color).

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I love Canyon!! I’ve known Ally since before she started Canyon. I love that she followed her passion and made a successful business never having been to business school and without previously being in the coffee world. Its impressive what genuine passion can create!

Kindness & Mischief is another woman owner business I admire. I first meet the owner because she was giving out free coffee samples at a cycling studio in eagle rook after class. I respect that kind of hustle! Plus their cold brew is topnotch!

Naomi Shim

Doubting Thomas

2510 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
web | Insta: @doubtingthomasla

Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley

Melanie Porter

Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar

1383 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104, USA
web | Insta: @lh_espresso
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Currently 5 months pregnant with my second daughter, so I've unfortunately switched to decaf most days (for the time being). But, on a normal morning, I head into L&H to grab a cortado or cappuccino!

Most popular drink on the menu?

Latte

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

My second favorite woman-owned coffee business in Socal is: Dinosaur Coffee co-owned by Michelle Hantoot because it is unapologetically original.

Sarah Buranaprapaphan

again café x chibiscus ramen

132 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
web | Insta: @againcoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

We roast our own beans. So morning ritual is never the same, but mostly consist of cupping the beans from the day before and I personally enjoy African Coarse grind drip coffee from Hario V60 Tetsu Kasuya Model.

Most popular drink on the menu?

I think, for this month, it’s a tie between the Latte and Rose Latte,

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I would recommend the Assembly in West Hollywood, Eight Fold in Silverlake, Found coffee in Eagle Rock, and Lavender & Honey in Pasadena,

 

Willa’s Coffee Hut

680 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
web | Insta: @willascoffeehut

Chrysti Chaney

Jameson Brown Coffee Roasters

260 Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA
web | Insta: @jameson.brown

Ingin Kim

Peri Coffee

web | Insta: @pericoffeela

DTLA

Joan Leclerc

Earth Bean Coffee

1040 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
web | Insta: @earthbeancoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Every morning when we are dialing in our equipment I make myself an Almond Mylk Latte. We make our organic almond mylk in house fresh daily and use our signature blend secret garden on espresso. The healthy fats from the almond mylk combined with our organic espresso is a great way to fuel up in the morning.

Most popular drink on the menu?

The most ordered drink is our Vanilla Almond Mylk Latte. The most unique drinks on our menu are our Superfood Coffee, a vegan version of 'bulletproof', and our CBD Cold Brew Mojito - made with fresh mint leaves and super refreshing!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

My favorites are UnUrban Coffee in Santa Monica and MeKa Coffee in San Diego. UnUrban is a bohemian style shop that was started over 20 years ago by Pam Stollings. In the past year they've transitioned their entire menu to be organic and everything is delicious! I have a lot of respect for Pam. As the owner of a shop that has seen decades, she has proven her ability to recognize what's working, what's not and make changes. Meka Coffee is a pop-up coffee cart company owned and operated by couple Sheree and Jeffrey Telmo. They offer fully customized services, from specialty coffee cocktails to stencils and stamps designed for your event. Their personalized touches and IG-worthy setup add a really fun element to any special occasion.

Natalie Stanisich

Two Guns Espresso

601 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
web | Insta: @twogunsespresso
What's your daily coffee ritual?

If I did drink coffee... I would start my day with a single-origin pour over, served black. I love the flavor profiles of our single-origin beans from Central and South America and I’m a big fan of honey-processed beans for the natural sweetness. I actually start my day with a Dona Chai latte, steamed with Oat or Almond milk.

Most popular drink on the menu?

8oz Flat Whites and 12oz Lattes

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

My absolute favorite is The Good Mylk Co. everything they do is on point – from the packaging to the product itself which is delicious and steams like a dream! I am also a big fan of Hi-Fi Espresso, it’s the perfect little local shop – the product is consistent and it’s a gorgeous space.

Lisette Gavina Lopez

Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana (F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc.)

541 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
web | Insta: @donfranciscos

Koreatown

Sojung “Sofia” Kwon

Doc.U.Ment Coffee Bar

3850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA
web | Insta: @document_coffee_bar
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Nothing really is set. As soon as I get up in the morning, I feed my dog. I brew my first cup of coffee, single origin pour-over with fresh sample coffees from great coffee roasters all over the world. Dawn is a perfect time to taste coffee.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Document Latte, Document Cold

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I couldn't say I've known enough woman-owned coffee business. I would love to get to know and to meet more through Vega coffee's article series.

Karen Lee

Spl. coffee

4059 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA
web | Insta: @splcoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I always start with iced coffee in the morning no matter how cold or hot it is. When I get to the shop I tend to have drip and espresso throughout the day.

Most popular drink on the menu?

These days, I would have to say the Rosemary Bee. It's pretty much a rosemary honey latte. Made with, honey, cane sugar and fresh rosemary from my garden!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Eightfold in Echo Park and Doubting Thomas in Historic Filipinotown. Both have great service and their coffee is always delicious!

Silbia Lee

bia coffee

3907 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA
web | Insta: @biacoffee_la
What's your daily coffee ritual?

My daily ritual coffee starts with my edible fresh flowers. Not just because I used be a florist, I just love how the flower smells that harmonizes with fresh coffee every morning. My name is Silbia which means Silver Flower and who knows? My life always has been smell like flower since I was born.

Most popular drink on the menu?

In our cafe, all the menu items are unique and popular. But the most popular are lavender and rose latte. There are many places in LA that sell rose latte and lavender latte. Our customers extol our lavender and rose latte, which taste much better than any other coffee shop.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I was busy working for the last two(2) years with bia coffee that i couldn’t look around. I will start this year.

Silver Lake

Jessica Koslow

Sqirl

720 N Virgil Ave #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
web | Insta: @sqirlla
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I get to Sqirl around 8am everyday and the first thing I request is an Americano. Hot, Iced, or Misto…depends on the day, but for whatever reason, Americanos are my go to.

Most popular drink on the menu?

The two most popular drinks are the “AL-PUCCINO” - which is a sweetened Iced Cappuccino and our “HORCHOFFEE” which is our house horchotta married with two shots of espresso, served cold over ice.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Well…honestly, there are not that many - and so I love and support everyone I see on this list!! I also LOVE Wide Eyes Open Palms — Kat and her girlfriend Angie have opened up a lovely place in Long Beach … and Kat used to work at Sqirl :)

Full Circle.

Elyse Goyen & Kate O’Connor

Roo Coffee Silver Lake

1523 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
web | Insta: @roocoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Elyse: The 6am starts would be brutal without a breve piccolo followed by a 16oz iced latte on oat!

Kate: A lot of days I open the store, so my day starts with a LOT of espresso as I’m dialling in. My first ‘proper’ coffee of the day is usually a single shot tiny iced latte (about 8oz total) with a shot on the side, so I can taste how the espresso is going.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Elyse: In the summer, our iced macadamia latte is super popular! It’s made on Milkadamia with nuts from Byron Bay in Australia. During the winter months, our Aussie Cappuccino is a huge hit! We make it with milk chocolate shavings that melt into the milk.

Kate: We would say the ‘Aussie Cappuccino’. So all capps in Australia come with chocolate on top, so naturally we had to continue that tradition in our shop.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Elyse: I absolutely love Sqirl — Jessica Koslow is freaking amazing! I live just around the corner and am addicted to the crispy rice bowl with avocado! We use Friends & Family bread and pastries, and I of course adore Roxana — the ricotta pound cake is out of this world!

Kate: We’ve had the honour of meeting so many dynamic women in coffee through the Counter Culture community in LA. Roxana (and her partner Dan) from Friends & Family serve a full coffee and food menu, and the most INSANE pastries/bread. Also Karen Prugh (and her husband Jeff) have the cutest coffee spot in the Hermosa Beach area named 'Hi-Fi Espresso’.

Emily Fiffer & Heather Sperling

Botanica Restaurant

1620 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
web | Insta: @botanicafood
What's your daily coffee ritual?

If I'm at the restaurant, I make an Americano (short and strong!). If I'm home I'll brew a Chemex using Manufactory beans (currently I'm crushing on the 04 Latin 100% Colombia Timanco). Ideally I like to sit and enjoy it, and I try to stick to that at home, but at the restaurant I generally sip it between tasks. C'est la vie!

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our housemade cashew-date milk is hugely popular, and people are big fans of our lattes for that reason! Guests are also super into our vanilla-cardamom latte, which uses a housemade syrup steeped with vanilla bean, green cardamom and honey.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I'm a huge fan of Canyon Coffee, which is co-owned by a woman (and, admittedly, a good friend of mine), Ally Walsh. Ally and her partner Casey started Canyon as a passion project and have built it into something truly special and personal. They work so hard, they care so deeply, and they're incredibly kind and grounded. Doesn't hurt that their coffee is delicious :). I'll also mention here that their instant coffee is crazy good. After I tasted it for the first time I texted Ally to tell her that she might ruin my Chemex ritual!

Annie Choi & Kristine de la Cruz

FrankieLucy Bakeshop

3116 Sunset Blvd Unit 1/2, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
web | Insta: @frankielucybakeshop
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Michelle Hantoot

Dinosaur Coffee

4334 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
web | Insta: @dinosaur_coffee

 

Echo Park

Janine Awan

Woodcat Coffee

1532 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
web | Insta: @woodcatcoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Pretty standard: I go to Woodcat every morning and pour myself a cup of our batch brew, usually with a splash of cream or straight up. I have a trusty insulated travel mug so it keeps nice and hot and I sip on that throughout the morning, but some days it definitely lasts longer than others.

Most popular drink on the menu?

The people are currently hooked on our oat milk latte. A very close second is a cup of drip; it's really quick and so delicious.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I'm a huge fan of Kindness & Mischief and Dinosaur Coffee. Mo (K&M) and Michelle (Dinosaur) are the coolest! They both have tiptop coffee programs, really friendly staff, and a great eye for design. And like me, they're both totally hands-on and can never seem to sit still.

Casey Goch

Shreebs

1755 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
web | Insta: @shreebscoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Most mornings I’ll make a Chemex for myself. I really enjoy the simplicity of a hot cup of black coffee early in the morning to get my day started. Lately I’ve been digging our new Decaf bean that tastes so good, you barely can detect it’s decaf!

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our shop just opened in Echo Park a couple weeks ago so “popular” is hard to determine just yet however, the stars seem to be are our House Coffee Specials, which include our coffee + milk + our homemade flavors. A few of the favorites are; Vetiver forrest; which has Spruce tips, Lapsang, Lemongrass, basically forest in a cup! and Meadow At Dusk; orange blossom, rose water, and sea salt along with the Japandan; matcha, pandan leaf, and lemon peel shakin’ with milk.

What is your favorite woman-owned business in Southern California (and why)?

There are so many women-owned business in SoCal that we love! There’s Ashley and Marie @proemstudio, Ari @couragebagels, Sarah @bearclawkitchen, Ilene @oursacredwomen, Hallie @futureofwomen, Vivian @komemevegetariano, Desa @lux_eros, Aishwarya @wearebrightland, the list goes on and on!!

Soo Ran Kim

Eightfold Coffee

1294 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
web | Insta: @eightfoldcoffee

Hollywood

Jean Shim

RUBIES+DIAMONDS

6115 Sunset Blvd #150, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
web | Insta: @rubiesanddiamondsla
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I love our 04. I start off with a cup every morning. It’s a drip coffee that is 2.5 times higher in caffeine than espresso or specialty drip coffee. I’m addicted and many others are too. The morning jolt I need.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Absolutely…Iced coconut sea salt cold brew.. it’s my favorite too!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I have to be honest… I don’t know a woman CEO in the coffee business! Ten years ago, someone told me I was the only woman CEO in coffee industry – I thought that couldn’t be the case… Glad to know many more women are CEOs in this industry... in any industry!

Ai Zhang

CAFE IF 如果咖啡店

7962 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
web | Insta: @cafeif.co
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Dial in espresso, have a cappuccino with a fresh baked pastry and start my day

Most popular drink on the menu?

Honey and Charcoal latte

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Lauren of Smith & Tait, we opened our shops around the same time in West Hollywood. She’s doing such an amazing job with her shop.

Shi Jun Ng

The Assembly

634 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

When I’m working behind the bar, a small cup of our daily brew (an Ethiopian single-origin) is my go-to. It’s floral notes just hit the spot for what I love in a simple cup of coffee, brewed right. When I’m not working, however, I like a good ol’ cappuccino to get me up and running, and prepared for the day.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our lattes, specifically our seasonal lattes. I (with the help of my team) usually try to ideate and create a new seasonal drink every 3-4 months. Our most recent features are a Black Pepper latte, a Fig Cardamom latte, and an extremely popular Honey Turmeric latte that has now become a signature drink of ours.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Dinosaur Coffee & Found. Both outfits are owned by seasoned coffee professionals (who happen to be women business owners as well :)) who have strong points of view of how coffee fosters community — a sentiment that echoes my own regarding coffee and coffee shops being the pillar stone of a community. It’s most gratifying to see how we bring people together and to see them connect in your own space, but so inspiring when you realize that others are trying and have done the same in their own neighborhoods!

Alexandra Morton and Lauren Hogarth

Smith & Tait

866 Huntley Drive, West Hollywood, CA, 90069, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

On days when I’m not in the shop dialing in I like to keep it simple with an early morning french press. It’s usually still dark when I get up and I love to take that time to get the day started right. After I turn on my morning news podcast, I’ll weigh out whatever delicious new beans I’ve grabbed from the shop and set up my Portland Press while my pup Scout scurries about looking for breakfast. The first cup before heading out into the world is definitely the most important.

Most popular drink on the menu?

When it’s chilly out it’s usually a toss up between the Black Sesame Latte and Turmeric Spice Latte. Year round though, the Turmeric Latte is hard to beat. It’s become very popular iced for people before their workouts.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

It’s been a pleasure to watch the female community grow so much in the past few years with amazing shops like Shreebs, Assembly, and Kindness and Mischief. Though our favorite woman owned-coffee business in California has to be Ritual be our incredible roaster. Eileen at Ritual has carved a great path for us and made sure that our little shop has had all the killer beans and support we could ask for.

Roxana Jullapat

Friends & Family

5150 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I start a pot of brewed coffee as soon as I walk in the bakery at 3:15 in the morning. It takes 5 minutes to be ready (I timed it), as soon as it is ready I pour myself a cup with a splash of oat milk.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Latte

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Dinosaur Coffee by Michelle Hantoot. Michelle keeps things fun. The space is airy with lots of natural light. I can’t think of a better space to have a leisurely cup of coffee. All of the baristas (women among them) make a mean cup of coffee. I always get a latte.

Mid City

Claire Ackad

Coffee For Sasquatch

7020 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

To be totally honest, I have been drinking matcha a lot since I had my daughter, but I still love an almond cortado or cappuccino!

Most popular drink on the menu?

Lattes are the most popular overall. But our seasonal specials sell well also, along with cold brew, matcha and our "Cryptid Latte" is fun for photos!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I like the ladies at Smith & Tait in West Hollywood. They were so sweet when I was getting started, and I love their little shop!

Anya and Marina Michelson

Paper or Plastik Cafe

5772 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Marina: I make a pour-over first thing in the morning that I sip while reading a novel or the news. Then, I like an afternoon pick-me up in the second part of the day, either an Americano or a treat like an oat milk cappuccino.

Anya: I’m an espresso lover, so I drink espresso-based drinks throughout the day: a cortado or two in the morning, espresso in the afternoon and early evening.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Marina: People love cappuccinos, but of our specialty drinks the lavender latte and rose latte are very beloved and have their own dedicated fan base!

Anya: Most popular drink in cafe is the Latte.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Marina: Well I have to say Paper or Plastik! Although it's 2/3s women owned, as my dad is our partner. Otherwise, I love Botanica in Silverlake - they are a women-owned restaurant, but have a wonderful coffee program. Dinosaur is my other east side cafe haunt, 1/2 women owned!

Anya: I love the LA based florists Holly Flora, a women owned and operated business, love love my wonderful neighbor’s place, the Eco Dog, also owned and operated by an amazing woman, Karen. I’m convinced that behind many successful businesses there are strong, smart, loving women that make those places tick, even if we don’t know their names and see their faces.

Chelsea Matthews

Highly Likely Café

4310 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Currently, it’s a cup of our drip coffee (I’m pregnant and caffeine limited!), black and nothing else.

Most popular drink on the menu?

People really love our Horchata Latte. We source the Horchata from a local Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood and it’s next level!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Shreebs!

Mindy Voranartsomdee

Met Her At A Bar

759 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I love waking up and having a nice bold chocolaty style drip coffee. The aroma of the coffee beans mixed with the rich flavors really get my day started in the right direction!

Most popular drink on the menu?

Hands down is our cold brew! Regarding preparation for making cold brew, we do everything the opposite. This out of the box approach actually happened by accident and we fell in love with the final product. Our cold brew is effortlessly smooth, bold, with hints of chocolate!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I would have to say that tectonic coffee is an amazing coffee company that really shows their endless efforts to create high quality coffees and a lifestyle to meet their product. I know this company is not solely women owned, but because of the fact that my husband and I own and run Met Ber At A Bar together, I personally closely relate and feel that Deaton, owner of Tectonic and his wife are doing an amazing job. Look them up and try their coffee!

Westside

BatSheva Vaknin

Aharon Coffee & Roasting Co.

9467 Charleville Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I always start with black drip coffee that I either brew at home in our OXO brewer (super easy and makes extra in case my husband is home and/or my teenager wants some too), or I'll take a cup of our brewed coffee in store when I’m at work early. Either way, it has to be Aharon coffee, I’ve become completely spoiled by our black coffee and don’t like most others! I used to follow that 1st cup of Joe with a flavored latte (see what I wrote below WHY I did that - cause they are insanely delicious!) but lately I’ve become semi-obsessed with our ceremonial grade matcha so I usually have a matcha in the early afternoon instead of another coffee.

Most popular drink on the menu?

It somewhat depends on the weather - cold days bring us more hot (drip) coffee drinkers, and sunny days make our crisp refreshing cold brew more popular. Our handcrafted flavored lattes - iced and hot - are pretty popular too (We make the hazelnut flavor from grinding roasted hazelnuts, the vanilla from stripping the raw seeds out of the Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean, the caramel from caramelizing sugar and adding heavy whipping cream and butter… you get the idea!)

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Quite honestly, I’m so busy growing our business that I don’t even know of any other woman-owned coffee business in SoCal… But one of the things I love the most about the professional coffee world (and the men and women who make it up) is that it’s a really community-oriented, friendly and vibrant bunch of people. Coffee brings out the best in people and coffee people are by their nature usually people I enjoy to hang with! Maybe I’ll read this article once it’s printed and then I can go seek out some new girlfriends LOL...

Trisha Perez

310 Coffee Company

11625 Washington Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

My daily coffee ritual varies on how I wake up. On those days, the drinks I imbibe could trade between cafe americano, honey latte, chai latte, or whatever my taste buds dictate. For the most part, my most reliable go-to cup is the drip, straight black with no cream or sugar.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our #1 drink at 310 Coffee Company is the café latte with drip coffee, cappuccino, and americano as runner-ups.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

F. Gavina & Sons Coffee – Lisette Gavina Lopez is the Marketing Director and one of the Gavina family members. Sip & Sonder, an all black women-owned shop (here's an article: https://www.essence.com/lifestyle/sip-sonder-black-owned-california-coffee-shop/). Kindness and Mischief, founded by Monique "Mo" Maravilla. And Kalsada Coffee, a Philippine coffee exporter to US and other markets, founded by Carmel Laurino. These womentrepreneurs inspire me. They are changing and diversifying the coffee arena and business landscape at large to show to the world that women have the competence, background and know-how to offer its constituents quality products, services, and information.

Hyeyoung Tarin & Cecilia “CJ” Jarcia

Supa Coffee

1173 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I like to start my day with a cup of coffee with butter and coconut oil (SUPA+) added to it. Coffee is already the best smell in the morning but with butter and coconut added, it's an extraordinary treat for the sense and the frothy texture of the SUPA+ is happiness in my mouth.

Most popular drink on the menu?

For hot drinks, it is definitely the SUPA/SUPA+. For cold drinks our cold brew is the best in LA (test it!) and our layered latte drinks like the Supafly Iced Latte or Supafly Iced Matcha.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

We are so lucky to belong in Pico Robertson's diverse neighborhood, we would like to give a shout out to our neighbor Cafe Panamericana across the street- owned by the talented Jessie Alexander. She makes the most delicious empanadas, perfect pairing with her Latin infused coffee beverages. Love our small business neighbors. We also love the awesome Paper/Plastik on Pico owned by an artist and her family- Marina Michelsen.

Olivia, Noemi & Elisabeth Avila

Howling Juice

5879 Washington Blvd Unit B, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Our coffee ritual both at home at at Howling juice are pretty much the same. Start off by grinding some fresh coffee beans from our LA local coffee provider and pour the first cup to a happy customer and myself! I personally like to add a little almond milk and coconut sugar...to sweeten things up!

Most popular drink on the menu?

People really love our Turmeric and Ginger lattes and alot like it dirty, sweetened with honey or coconut nectar. We use organic cold pressed ginger and turmeric...so it really adds a punch!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

We really love Three Weavers. It's a craft brewery based in Inglewood. The founder is a female. They are rocking it!

Chi-Lin Pendergrast

Sidecar Doughnuts

631 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
What's your daily coffee ritual?

We like to experiment with brewing different beans... Whenever we have a chance to visit new places, it’s fun to try coffee from local roasters and learn about their backstories. It changes the way it tastes, knowing who and what influenced creating that coffee. Also on the daily lineup is coffee from Kean, Common Room, and Sidecar :). Depending on how much time we have before leaving for school, I like to stir in a dollop of ghee and sprinkle in a little stevia.

Most popular drink on the menu?

At all of our locations, our signature blend drip coffee and lattes are neck and neck for most ordered.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Neat Coffee! The world simply needs more Ally Garvin-infused businesses sprinkled in every city, in every neighborhood. With her first location, she succeeded in creating a space where people were drawn to come back, repeatedly, receiving not only an incredibly beautiful cup of coffee, but also an incredibly beautiful feeling of warmth and hospitality. This is where she shines! Neat Coffee’s brick and mortar will be opening (....?). Kean for pioneering third wave coffee in Orange County. I love the established feel of Kean, like a favorite old sweater, bearing the nostalgic stories of a generation whilst being regarded with great esteem by the nouveau in coffee roasters.

Sachi & Chiyo Hartley

SACHI.LA

4574 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Before the shop opened our morning ritual consisted of either pour over coffee or matcha tea in the mornings while going over our schedule for the day. We love to take that time to not use any electronics. Sachi is a big fan of morning pages and Chiyo keeps a planner so it’s always nice to do some reflection and journaling during this time.

Now that the shop is open and we live so close, we swing by to enjoy coffee there. It’s nice to sit at the bar and chat with our regulars.

Most popular drink on the menu?

The Dirty Earl. It is an Earl Grey Lavender Latte which is naturally flavored using our loose leaf tea. It is made with any milk option (Oat milk is most popular) and an added shot of espresso.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

We are so proud of sisterhood and all of the brilliant women we know. To name a few..

  • Child of Wild - jewelry
  • Amador Collective- greeting cards
  • Amiga Wild - retail & event shop
  • Elsë Ceramics

Jessie Alexander

Cafe Panamericana

8781 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA
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Pam Stollings

UnUrban Coffee

3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
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Zoe Nathan

Huckleberry Bakery & Café

1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
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Lisa Olin & Elizabeth Belkind

Cake Monkey Bakery

7807 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
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South Bay

Karen Prugh

Hi-Fi Espresso

227 CA-1, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

In early December, my husband and I welcomed our second baby girl into the world, so my typical daily ritual of either working a shift on bar or stopping by the shop for an early morning oat milk cappuccino has turned into a pour over or French press at home. (I really like the Kinto pour over set and the FORLIFE French press). Leaving the house before 9am has become nearly impossible, and as a new mom, I crave a hot cup - or two -much earlier in the morning.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our two most popular drinks on the menu have consistently been a lavender oat latte (which our regulars quickly dubbed an "LOL") or a "Bee's Knees" (a spicy mocha with Mike's Hot Honey and oat milk). Both drinks are delicious iced.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

The ladies at Roo Coffee in Silverlake are at the top of my list! Like most Australians, they are super sweet, extremely into coffee, and they happen to be in the Counter Culture family. Oh, and they pop into Hi-Fi to see us from time to time, which makes us feel special.

While I've never had the pleasure of meeting the owners of Daydream Surf Shop in Newport Beach, I am a huge fan from a distance and love and respect their entire image. Their Sightglass espresso is always fantastic, too!

And while our tea provider, August Uncommon, isn't necessarily "coffee" per se, we are enormous fans of Gina (and Aaron, the awesome husband and wife owner duo). August Uncommon Tea is the most delicious tea we've ever tasted. Gina drops in on us frequently and makes it a point not only to make sure their teas are on point but also to genuinely transcend our business relationship into a friendship. She is professional, transparent and warm. I love her.

Natalie Stanisich

Two Guns Espresso

350 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
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Shanita Nicholas & Amanda-Jane Thomas

Sip & Sonder

1712, 108 S Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301, USA
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Long Beach

Christa Duggan

Portola Coffee Roasters

4150 McGowen St, Lakewood, CA 90712, USA (Hanger at the Long Beach Exchange)
What's your daily coffee ritual?

My daily coffee ritual is to drink one cappuccino first thing in the morning. The best part is when my husband makes it for me while I am busy getting my kids ready for school- it helps me slow down and appreciate the moments spent with my family.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our most popular drink is our Mocha with a ganache made in-house.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

One of my favorite women owned coffee business is KIT Coffee. Jee Shin owns it and she was once the owner of Birdie Juice Bar (one of our neighbors) in our flagship location at SOCO in Costa Mesa. I miss seeing her smiling face when I would order juice in the morning before starting my day at work!

Juliette Simpkins

Black Ring Coffee

5373 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90805, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

My daily coffee ritual starts when I get to my shop. I always start with some batch coffee to get the day going. Around midday I usually have an espresso. As the day progresses I move into Chemex pour overs or nitro cold brew, depending on the weather.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our most popular black coffee drink is nitro cold brew (single origin) and the most popular sweet drink is the Honey Oat Latte(espresso, oat milk, honey) which tastes like honey nut Cheerios.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

There are so many women-owned coffee businesses to choose from! I love Confidential Coffee in downtown Long Beach. The owner's name is Denise Maldonado. The menu has a lot of Mexican-inspired drinks and they do a lot of events to help the community. Another great business is Tonyan Coffee Roasters in Apple Valley. The owner and roaster is Rachel Tonyan. She has a predominantly female staff and she and I bonded over roasting on the same kind of roaster (Ambex YM-10).

Denise Maldonado

Confidential Coffee

137 W 6th St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

A cappuccino a day, keeps the doctor away! lol. I drink a little bit of everything. I dial in the espresso in the morning and end up drinking that. I taste the batch brew to make sure it's tasting right and I end up drinking that. Just as long as I have coffee each morning, I'm good. But a cappuccino is definitely my go-to.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Probably the cajeta latte (semi-sweet Mexican caramel with a dash of cinnamon) if they want it hot and the mazapan latte(Mexican peanut candy topped off with shaved Abuelita chocolate) if they want it iced. We make all of our syrups in house and nothing is overly sweet; more of an aftertaste that they get in the drink.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Found Coffee in Eagle Rock! I worked alongside Annie Choi at Demitasse when I was barely learning more about specialty coffee and she is amazing! Black Ring Coffee is great, too! I actually carry their coffee at my shop. :)

Makenzie Hendrix

Vibes Cafe

76 1/2 62nd Pl, Long Beach, CA 90803, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

Well, running a cafe with a full-service coffee bar definitely has its perks.. delicious coffee all day every day! For me personally, *Makenzie* I love starting the day with a piping hot cup of our drip coffee and once I've achieved my caffeine baseline, I can attack the day! After my first cup, my coffee addiction becomes very evident as I proceed to have a variety of other espresso-based drinks throughout the day. As for Cindy, she is tried and true to the extra hot vanilla latte.

Most popular drink on the menu?

I would say one of our most popular drinks on the menu is our traditional latte but we've noticed many people are attracted to our pour overs and specialty drinks such as our golden latte, matcha, and chai. It's fun to see the coffee community constantly changing and the customers pushing us to keep up with the needs of the ever-changing coffee culture.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

One of my personal favorites is Coffee Dose in Costa Mesa (*Owner Jeni Castro*). The location much like ours is really unique (inside a hair salon) and has a fun energy. They have a great online presence and the whole premise of pushing the barriers and adapting to a changing coffee culture is so important! They are edgy and most importantly they serve up some great coffee with a unique flare!

Kat McIver & Angie Evans

Wide Eyes Open Palms

416 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

Angie and I work in the cafe 5 days a week, so on work mornings, our ritual consists of arriving to open the cafe, drinking a big mug of hot water (sometimes with lemon) to start, and then either filling one of our cute vintage tea cups (which hold about 6 oz, and we serve along with a small carafe for our pour overs) with whatever batch brew we're serving in the cafe that day, or taking baby sips of espresso as Angie works to get it dialed in for the day.

Days when we don't work in the cafe are my favorite, though. As the chef at WeOp, I don't get my hands out of the kitchen and into coffee service as much as I'd like, so since Angie serves me coffee, multiple times a day, 5 days a week, I always make sure to brew us a single origin V60 every Monday and Tuesday morning. I serve us both 4 ounce cups and then put the rest in a small insulated thermos. We'll often sip and discuss the flavor notes or the way our body is responding to that particular coffee, and make plans for our day. While I brew, I often like to incorporate pranayama (yogic breath work) and a few gentle stretches during the bloom and the final drip. When you work in coffee, getting to take those quiet moments at home to make a slow, intentional, perfectly hand brewed single origin is just the best way to start my day.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Hands down, the rosemary latte. We make a syrup infused with a specific variety of organic, locally grown rosemary. It adds a subtle sweetness and a herbaceous undertone that our guests just love.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

We have two favorites! Of course, our local female roaster and shop owner, Juliette at Black Ring for being such an active part and advocate of our growing LB coffee scene, and representing female roasters! And Kindness & Mischief in Highland Park. Beautiful drinks, gorgeous space, great coffee knowledge and customer service!

Andrea Fleytas

The Merchant

4121 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90807, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

Raised in a Puerto Rican household coffee was in my blood. My fondest memories were waking up early in the morning before my siblings woke up and walking over to my grandparents house just a fews steps away and there was my abuela throwing a slice of wonder bread in the toaster oven slathering tons of butter on it and serving a nice hot sweet cafe con leche. and conversing about everything and anything I was just a kid. How i miss those days.

In high school everything had to blended. Oh how I hate blended coffee drinks now. Brain freezes just get me every time.

In college black coffee was my go-to. There's something special about diner coffee.

As I got older my appreciation for coffee grew my routine now as an adult consist of a mid-morning latte.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our most popular drink on the menu is our Honey Vanilla Oat Latte.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I feel horrible but I never leave my own space. The Merchant takes up 99.9% of my time.

SOUTH OF LA

Orange County

Christa Duggan

Portola Coffee Roasters

Costa Mesa: 3313 Hyland Ave, Suite B2, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
Tustin: 2493 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782, USA (Union Market at The District)
Santa Ana: 201 E 4th St, Space 103, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA (4th Street Market)
Old Town Orange: 143 N Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866, USA (Provisions Market at the Orange Circle)
Huntington Beach: 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy, Space 170, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA (Lot 579)
Mission Viejo: 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, USA (Union Market at Kaleidoscope)
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Ally Garvin

Neat Coffee

1922 Pomona Ave Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

Black coffee in the morning, espresso in the afternoon. I actually rarely drink my coffee at home so if I'm not working in the shop, I like to visit other locally owned spots to say hi to friends and explore new coffees.

Most popular drink on the menu?

The Golden Latte is our most popular drink on the menu. We love this drink because we stumbled upon making it after falling in love with Roxanne's (owner of The Source) Turmeric "Rawmond Milk" at a local farmer's market. We combine it with our house made honey cinnamon syrup and Arcade espresso for a perfectly spiced and subtly sweet latte.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

KIT. I think Jee and Eunice do a great job with their coffee and food program and they are wonderful humans.

Jeni Castro

Coffee Dose

3035, 116 E 18th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

Our drink called “The Burner” but I add collagen to mine. It’s the yummiest creamiest drink ever! Grass fed butter, coffee, MCT oil, and collagen blended to frothy perfection. I can literally feel my fat burning!

Most popular drink on the menu?

“The Beauty”. Housemade lavender or rose syrup, fresh raw almond milk and vital proteins collagen.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I’m obsessed with Holy Matcha in SD. It’s a matcha shop so no coffee but I would say it still falls in this category. The owner is a badass and her vision is similar to mine as far as aesthetic and experience. She knows what’s up and pays attention to detail. That is so important in this competitive industry.

Chi-Lin Pendergrast

Sidecar Doughnuts

270 E 17th St #18, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
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Jenny Preechatiwong

Coffee Nature

355 Bristol St #U, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

Coffee is like H2O for me. I won’t be able to survive without it.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Iced Vanilla Latte with Almond Milk

Jennifer Green

Dough & Arrow

3033 Bristol St Q, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

Dialing in and using either Coffee Manufactory or Compelling Roasters. I’m usually drinking a cappuccino or a latte.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our Cookie Cream Latte which is a vanilla latte, cookie-soaked sea salt whipped cream and fresh toasted cookie crumbs on top. It’s the best of both worlds!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

We love supporting many female owned businesses! Coolhaus and us go way back to when we both had our food trucks (Nom Nom Truck & Buttermilk). Hapa Cupcakes, Blackmarket Bakery, Sqirl. Heartsleeves Coffee, Eat Fill, Rose Park Roasters, and Wide Eyes Open Palms.

Eunice Hwang & Jee Shin

KIT Coffee

1651 Westcliff Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

We're never seen without an iced americano, taking sips when we can to help fuel our busy day!

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our most popular drink is a classic latte, with runner up being our pour over options.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Neat Coffee in Costa Mesa. Owner Ally is one of the most genuine, hard working, community-driven business owners we have ever known!

Karen Diedrich

Kéan Coffee

Newport Beach: 2043 Westcliff Dr #100, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA
Tustin: 13681 Newport Ave #14, Tustin, CA 92780, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

I do most of the cooking in our house so my husband washes all the dishes and makes all the coffee. Every morning he grinds our own roasted beans fresh in our Baratza Virtuoso for a manual brew/pour over into either our Chemex or Hario glass coffeemakers, as he has been doing for literally decades, long before pour overs became trendy. We always put the spent grounds into our garden as soil amendment for our mini-plantation of coffee trees. As coffee roasters, we tend to brew our own fresh roasted single origin coffees 99% of the time, unless we are trying out coffees from some of our other favorite roasters that we might have picked up along our travels. When I’m in one of our coffeehouses, my go-to is usually a small latte or a macchiato, as I do love espresso.

Most popular drink on the menu?

In the thirteen years that Kean Coffee has been serving coffee in our community, the perennial favorite drink on our menu is our Turkish Latte. Not to be confused with Turkish coffee, it is an espresso based drink with cardamom. People just love it and drive for miles to get it. It literally has a cult following.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

As my favorite woman-owned coffee business in SoCal I’m going to put in my vote for Eunjoo Pluenneke, owner of Balboa Lily’s in Newport Beach. I will offer a disclaimer that Balboa Lily’s is one of our wholesale accounts, so there is some admitted bias. However Eunjoo is totally deserving. She works extremely hard to make her café the best it can be and has a huge heart. It is extremely apparent that she deeply cares about her employees and does all she can to give them the tools for success. The team at Balboa Lily’s feels like a family. Eunjoo named the café after her daughter Lily, who can often be found hanging out there with her mom.

Bonnie Williams

Vacancy Coffee

6480 West Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA 92663, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

I rarely prepare my own coffee at home. For me part the ritual is about going out into the world to grab my morning coffee. On my days off I love strolling to a local coffee spot and passing other people on the way and exchanging ‘good mornings’ or a smile. Most of the week my mornings are spent at Vacancy Coffee fulfilling other peoples coffee rituals and catching up with my regulars. I’ll usually wait until mid-morning to enjoy my first coffee of the day and it’s always an almond milk Flat White.

Most popular drink on the menu?

In the Summer it would have to be our Iced Maple Latte. It has the perfect hint of sweetness and is great to cool down on a hot day! In the Winter we love our Gothic Mocha. It has the delicious taste of a mocha with the addition of activated charcoal to eliminate toxins and fight ageing. The charcoal turns the espresso black in color which looks pretty cool when combined with steamed milk!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

My mother owned several coffee shops when I was growing up so when I relocated here from Australia a few years ago I was so happy to see women doing great things in the coffee space. I am lucky enough to live a short stroll from KIT Coffee so I have enjoyed many exceptional coffees there. Eunice and Jee did such a phenomenal job creating that beautiful space. It has such a nice energy to it. Ally Garvin grew a really special coffee community in her tiny space at Neat Coffee and seems like an all round lovely soul. I’m so excited to see what she does with the new, larger space that she’s opening, I’m expecting great things! Also worth mentioning is Jeni of Coffee Dose in Costa Mesa. She absolutely nailed it in creating an 'Instagramers paradise' in her small space. She did something really original and makes a point to partner with women in business, I think that’s really awesome!

Becca Mantei

Daydream Surf Shop

1588 Monrovia Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92663, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

My go-to is always black coffee. I actually prefer room temperature coffee, so I'll let it sit out for a while before I drink it. I have a hard time drinking a lot of it at once so I have my favorite ceramic cup that hold about 6 ounces at a time and fill it up a couple times throughout the day. I try to not drink more than 3 of those little cups.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our Rose Cardamom Latte is always a hit! I actually came up with the recipe last February and it has been a stable ever since. It is the perfect balance of sweet spicy and floral. My favorite way to have it is over ice with almond milk.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Neat Coffee - Ally is the owner and operator of this epic spot that is actually moving locations to right down the street from us! So stoked to have her and her amazing shop in the neighborhood.

Andreea Moyes

Surf Cafea

16182 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92649, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

I have a Linea at home and I enjoy making myself a cappuccino in the morning, sometimes I grind fresh cardamom that a friend brought from India, I use an old fashioned mortar pestle and brew the coffee on top of the fresh cardamom. It’s divine!

Most popular drink on the menu?

The Rose Latte is very popular. We make the syrup in house from organic rose petals. Not many tea providers have fragrant roses but we work with Red Blossom Tea from San Francisco, they have the utmost attention to product quality and freshness just like we do. Their roses are so beautiful when you open the can the room fills with fragrance.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

The first one that came to mind is Sit Stay Cafe. Anita Anderson is the owner, she created a true neighborhood coffee shop in Huntington Beach, her focus is on creating a welcoming atmosphere for neighbors and their pets and it’s just so cozy and welcoming. For years it was our weekend routine to walk there and get a coffee. She inspired us to open our own place. Coffee is as much about the beans as it is about hospitality.

Julie Nguyen

Contra Coffee & Tea

115 N Orange St, Orange, CA 92866, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

It really depends on the day! My go-to is a pour of our Lucid Dream Blend on Nitro. If I need the extra caffeine and sweetness, then I'll shake myself up a Cocoa Butter Kisses (Earl Grey Mocha).

Most popular drink on the menu?

Gold Rush, our Vietnamese-style Iced Coffee, Dairy-free, and on Nitro!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

To be honest, I have not connected with any other women-owned coffee businesses in SoCal, so if any ladies in the industry want to connect...please reach out! #renewyourbrew

Annie Kendall

High Tide Coffee

1624 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

My coffee ritual would depend on the day! For a normal day it would be juggling a toddler's breakfast and trying to make a pour over with our Rivera Blend (my fav) and during the process having our little guy jump on the counter so he can "help mama." Then honestly probably getting 2 sips, forgetting it on the counter, drive the little guy to school, and then begging our barista to sneak me in a latte. Then as I'm running out the door to get my son grabbing another latte for the afternoon pick me up! :) That being said- a day off with my family is the dream! We do not get it much but when we do it's a treat. We will have a french press at home with breaky and then hopefully pop out on a family outing where will grab a cappuccino at a local shop.

Most popular drink on the menu?

The most popular drink on the menu to drink is the Lavender Honey Latte for sure. The most asked about drink would be Moon Milk! If you're curious like others, it is a Butterfly Pea Tea Latte with your milk of choice, cinnamon, honey, fresh ground nutmeg, and topped with freeze dried blueberries. It is caffeine free which is why it not the most popular :)

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

A favorite woman-owned coffee business would be Ally from Neat Coffee in Costa Mesa. She is the sweetest! Ally opened up and shared so much about her business and really inspired us in our journey! We need more woman in coffee, it's definitely a guy's world!

Bri Huskins

Huskins Coffee

1901 E First St #138, Santa Ana, CA 92705, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

I’m a drip girl! Weekdays I’m usually rushing off in the morning to get my little guy to preschool, so a pot of drip is my go-to at home. I enjoy it most with a little cream and sugar!

When I’ve got more time usually later in the afternoon or weekends I’ll go to the shop for a pour over.

Most popular drink on the menu?

I would say our most popular drink is the Hometown latte. It’s an all organic maple latte made with pure maple syrup that we get imported from my husbands hometown of Almonte, Canada. (He swears the maple there is the best! ; ))

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I love kit coffee! Great coffee, great vibe, and close to where we live.

Senah Kim

MAZ cáfe con leche

608 N Lacy St, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

I drink coffee all day! Something we do a little bit different here is that I make sure all my baristas and I taste all the lattes we serve to ensure consistent quality and taste that the customers are expecting. Quality and consistency is key. That alone is enough coffee for me lol.

Most popular drink on the menu?

We specialize in unique Hispanic inspired drinks. Our most popular drink is our signature drink - MAZ Latte. MAZ is short for Mazapan, a Mexican peanut candy that instantly crumbles and melts in your mouth. We put the Mazapan candy, along with hazelnut and chocolate flavors with espresso and choice of milk. If you love the nutty flavors, this is your sweet latte heaven. Our Horchata Latte is exceptional and equally as popular.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Mo, owner of Kindness and Mischief and I actually took the same class from PACE Business Development Center (BDC) and Women’s Business Center (WBC) right before we started our coffee business venture. I admire her tenacity and dedication to charge through all of the obstacles that she faced trying to open her cafe for a long time. I understand as a fellow business owner how hard it must have been to launch through all of the challenges she faced but she made it happen! It's so great to see how well K&M is doing especially her involvement with her community.

Alecia Draper

Moonwood Coffee Company

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What's your daily coffee ritual?

Is the pour-over coffee method-using my favorite freshly ground “M” blend (beans sourced from Honduras and Indonesia).

Most popular drink on the menu?

Affogato — we use a high fat vanilla ice cream and a special topping recipe.

Julie Fernandez

Neighborly Coffee

32222 Del Obispo St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

I usually get my coffee fill as I’m setting up the shop every morning. I’ll have a couple espresso shots as I dial it in for the day, a cup of drip coffee and a taste of cold brew. On my days off, I love hoping in the car with my husband and our 80-pound husky to visit other coffee shops.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Iced Vanilla Bean Latte with Oat Milk is truly the favorite. The Lavender Latte is a close second and is gaining popularity by the day. Using real vanilla beans and lavender flowers in the house-made syrups is a perfect way to sweeten up any beverage without the artificial additives.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

High Tide Coffee in San Clemente is fantastic. They visited us when we first opened and have been beyond encouraging and kind ever since. Their new location is so cute and staff is awesome. It’s a perfect place to spend my day off to read book and drink some good coffee.

Eunjoo Pluenneke

Balboa Lily’s

711 E Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA
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Anita Anderson

Sit Stay Cafe

328 11th St, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USA
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Rachel Klemek

Blackmarket Bakery

Costa Mesa: 2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA (The Camp)
Santa Ana: 211 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701, USA
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San Diego

Brynn Nersesian

The Grounds Bean Bar

1571 La Playa Ave, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

My morning coffee ritual is pretty simple...every single day, the first thing I do when I arrive in the shop is have a popular drink on our menu — a salted honey latte with a double shot of espresso.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our most popular drink on the menu is our dirty turmeric: espresso, turmeric, honey, coconut oil, vanilla, ginger and steamed milk.

Kelsey Morante

Subterranean Coffee Boutique

3764 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

Cold brew with honey and oat milk!

Most popular drink on the menu?

White lavender mocha.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Dane Coffee Roasters! Quality roasted coffee by a working Momma!

Carolina Santana

Por Vida

2146 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

My daily coffee ritual is to drink a mazapán cortado

Most popular drink on the menu?

The most popular drink on our menu is our Por Vida Latte (canela and brown sugar) and our Mexican Mocha. FUN FACT: Both were our very first and only specialty drinks when we first opened our business November of 2015

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

My favorite woman-owned coffee shop is Marleez Koffee, Marlene, the Owner, had her career set in the corporate world, but that wasn’t fulfilling her, she always had her heart set in opening a coffee shop! She quit her corporate job to follow her dream, that’s super inspirational to me.

Samantha Nawrocki

Manzanita Roasting Company

13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte S2, San Diego, CA 92128, USA
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I make myself a single origin cappuccino with almond milk to start the day. For the rest of the day, I'll sip an Ethiopian pour-over, which is just as delicious cold as it is hot.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our house-made syrups are very popular, right now the lavender latte and brown butter latte are really popular. Our Single-origin pour-overs are always popular also.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Well that's a hard one. I know a lot of awesome women in coffee. Cat & Craft Coffee is a great new coffee shop in Carlsbad that also finds homes for rescued cats. My friend Caroline just opened it, and, she happens to be carrying my coffee also.

Thanh-Thanh “T2” Dang

Banana Dang

115 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

I'm a choco-holic so I drink a hot oat mocha every day. In the afternoon, I drink coffee (with a little oat milk). Yes, I LOVE OAT MILK!!!

Most popular drink on the menu?

Dirty Banana Mylk. It's our vegan milk made with oat, coconut creamer, bananas and espresso (that's the dirty part).

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I think Cafe Virtuoso is a great business. It's in San Diego. The owner, Laurie Britton, is an inspiration. She does it all and she knows how to sell her product very well. I admire the fact that she can run such a tight ship with a lot of employees, and keep up with the demand for her coffee roasting program and cafe as well.

Chi-Lin Pendergrast

Sidecar Doughnuts

3435 Del Mar Heights Rd. Suite D6B, San Diego, CA 92130, USA
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Kim Berry, Chrissy Stothers & Valeria Moran

Heartwork Coffee Bar

3993 Goldfinch St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

Valeria: In the mornings I make a pour over using either our El Salvador Divisadero or Guatemala Huehuetenango, I like a rich, chocolate, sweet and fruity coffee in the morning.

Kim: Since I became a mom, I have experienced some health issues so ironically, I am mostly off caffeine. I love a delicious decaf as often as I can get it, and getting real about life, i brew a pot of decaf in a standard mr coffee and drink it hot, lukewarm, cold or reheated ten times. Decaf is hugely underrated, and in my opinion, is a true coffee drinkers beverage. All the flavor, none of the “benefit” of an energy boost.

Chrissy: Every morning at home I have an oat milk cappuccino and Sam has a cortado. Sometimes we have pour overs instead, especially when a new variety of coffee has been roasted.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Valeria: I think the most popular drink on our menu is our Cortado which is a flawless coffee forward espresso drink with smooth textured steamed milk to balance the acidity of our espresso perfectly.

Kim: I think the most popular drink is DRIP COFFEE!! besides that, iced lattes that pair perfectly with out mostly idyllic weather.

Chrissy: The most popular drinks on the menu are classic hot and iced lattes. Sometimes with additions added, but mostly just milk and coffee.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Valeria: My favorite women owned coffee business in California would be Ritual; Eileen Rinaldi builds long lasting relationships with her coffee producer partners which shows loyalty and she stresses the importance of having women in leadership positions in her company in addition to other marginalized groups.

Kim: I think there are a lot of cool female owned shops in Southern California, however in making a list it truly shows how we are still a vast minority. Even at our shop, most often people ask for a manager or owner never expecting it to be any women. It has been exciting to see changes and evolution in the industry even in the last few years since we’ve been open, and I’m looking forward to even more progression for all minorities

Chrissy: Ultreya Coffee in San Diego. Danielle has all the passion for coffee and is doing great work in her new space. Coffee is a male dominated field (like most fields) so it’s especially awesome to see a woman succeeding. She’s been working in the coffee business for a very long time, and we wish her all the success.

Celeste Raymond

Dane Coffee Roasters

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Marlene Poniente

Marleez Koffee

7281 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115, USA
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Jen Byard

Communal Coffee

North Park: 2335 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
South Park: 2221 Fern St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
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Caroline Vaught

Cat & Craft Cafe

3211 Business Park Dr Suite 3B, Vista, CA 92081, USA
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Laurie Britton

Cafe Virtuoso

1616 National Ave, San Diego, CA 92113, USA
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Danielle Riggins

Ultreya Coffee

4653 College Ave, San Diego, CA 92115, USA
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Geraldine Ridaura

Holy Matcha

3118 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
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Rachel Klemek

Blackmarket Bakery

4686 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
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EAST OF LA & SAN GABRIEL VALLEY

Pomona

Paola Gonzalez

Mi Cafecito Coffee

101 S Main St, Pomona, CA 91766, USA
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What's your daily coffee ritual?

Oh man! My coffee ritual has change so much since I just recently stopped nursing my baby and all throughout pregnancy I did my best to not have as much caffeine. But I love going in to our shop and enjoying a latte or cappuccino, because if I make coffee at home it turns into iced coffee when I’m too busy being mom. 😂

Most popular drink on the menu?

I feel like there are so many popular drinks, but I would have to say our Mazapán latte and one of my personal favorites Cafe de Olla latte!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

And my ultimate favorite coffee girl boss (and family) would have to be @yayitzel at @coldbrewcityfest in San Diego 🙌🏽 Also amazing coffee girl boss is Amanda at @dirtypenguincoffeeco in Chino Hills.

San Bernardino

Jade Valore

Rad Coffee

232 N 2nd Ave, Upland, CA 91786, USA
web | Insta: @radcoffeeco
What's your daily coffee ritual?

My daily coffee ritual is 5 shots of espresso, always iced, right when I wake up. Being a mom to 2 little ones and running Rad full time, I need all the caffeine!

Most popular drink on the menu?

Rad Coffee’s most popular drink is the Cookies N Scream. While it’s not your run of the mill latte, it’s a coffee based blended drink with cookies and colorful whip. Plus you can opt for our cold brew concentrate instead of milk for a special kick.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I don’t think I necessarily have a favorite because we all have different stories that make our accomplishments and brands powerful in their own way, but right now I’ve been following Neat Coffee. Ally Garvin raised over $40,000 on Kickstarter recently to open up her own shop. That’s so incredible! I also want to shout out to Willa’s Coffee in Pasadena, who I just found out about, but she owns one of the only drive thru’s in LA County and works it herself 6 days a week! How bad ass!

Rachel Tonyan

Tonyan Coffee Roasters

13528 Nomwaket Rd Suite B, Apple Valley, CA 92308, USA
web | Insta: @tonyancoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

My daily coffee ritual is waking up at 5:30, making a Chemex pour over, sitting outside on my patio and watch my dogs in the dark morning air. There’s something so wonderful about that first cup of coffee in the morning :)

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our most popular drink is our Mocha, made with homemade organic chocolate sauce, freshly roasted espresso and organic milk.

Casandra “Zee” Reyes

Chai Coffee Co

12124 California St, Yucaipa, CA 92399, USA
web | Insta: @chaicoffeeco
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I get out of work around 6 A.M. in Chino, CA (I still have a full-time job :) I immediately catch up on my texts to see if any of my Chai-ristas have text me in case any items are required at Chai for the day...I then head out to Chai located in Yucaipa, CA and indulge in a Fawn (our house drink) in the distance I can see my Chai-rista watching me hoping I get that tingle on my jaw from a perfect dial! They are amazing so they have nothing to worry about!

Most popular drink on the menu?

“THE FAWN” 5 shots of STRONG Espresso...Breve...Cinnamon and Honey!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

GREY WHALE COFFEE...she is an up and coming female roaster and we will all be hearing more about her in the near future...she is a bad ass Barista...and amazing roaster! She has also been a Chai supporter since day 1!!! LOVE YOU MK!!!

Mary Kate Hunter

Grey Whale Roasters

web | Insta: @greywhalecoffee

Amanda McKinnon

Dirty Penguin

14708 Pipeline Ave c, Chino Hills, CA 91709, USA
web | Insta: @dirtypenguincoffeeco

Riverside

Yasmine Wooten

The Press Espresso

Murrieta: 24619 Washington Ave #102, Murrieta, CA 92562, USA
Temecula: 28601 Old Town Front St, Temecula, CA 92590, USA
web | Insta: @thepressespresso
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I believe that my dreams are just a little bit sweeter at night because I truly look forward to our morning pour over coffee ritual. My husband DeShun will almost always brew our morning coffee, either with Hario V60 or Chemex. I'll admit it feels romantic when we drink coffee and dream together in the morning before starting the day. If we happen to have an Ethiopia Guji with berry notes available, then it will be a very good morning! And if the coffee gets to room temperature before the cup is done, even better - love how prominent the notes are at this point.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Iced and Hot Lattes are still our number seller, and for those who look for a sweeter drink our Mayan Mocha or Belgian Mochas are popular since they are made with a smooth house-made Belgian chocolate ganache and offer an amazing velvety mouthfeel! The brown sugar caramel latte is a close second, and with all syrups and sauces scratch made in house the lattes are a real treat.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

To be honest we have a hard time coming across woman-owned coffee shops! We were pleasantly surprised to find out Kit Coffee was woman owned since we've been admiring their shop via Instagram and have been planning a visit!

NORTH OF LA TO THE CENTRAL COAST

Bakersfield

Stasie Bitton

Cafe Smitten

909 18th St, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA
web | Insta: @cafesmitten
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Cappuccino, using big trouble blend from counter culture coffee on espresso

Most popular drink on the menu?

Latte

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Roo Coffee in Silver Lake. Great drinks and an awesome crew.

Morgan Bonn

Cloud 9 Coffee Company

9 Coffee Rd, Bakersfield, CA 93311, USA
web | Insta: @cloud9coffeeco
What's your daily coffee ritual?

My personal daily coffee ritual includes a big cup of black coffee, with a dash of cream if I’m feeling fun. Brew methods typically include a french press or pour over, depending on time, and if I’m at Cloud 9, I’ll skip all of that + have a yummy latte.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our most popular drink on the menu is an iced Coffee Julep, which is an iced latte, with our house-made basil + mint simple syrup. It’s earthy, yet sweet, and everyone loves it!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

My favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California is Communal Coffee in North Park, San Diego. I went to college in SD, so I was there all the time. I love the style and ingenuity the owner brings to the space. Not to mention, out of all the incredible coffee shops in San Diego, that’s one of the only ones (that I know of) that’s owned by a woman. I love that the specialty coffee industry is becoming more aware of women in coffee + now we’re seeing females participate in every aspect of the industry - from barista championships, to coffee shop owners. It’s all good and I’m definitely here for it. :)

Ventura County

Cammy Garman

Palm & Boy Coffee & Acai

Ventura: 451 E Main St #8, Ventura, CA 93001, USA
Oxnard: 2929 Ocean Dr, Oxnard, CA 93035, USA
web | Insta: @
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Since having my son two months ago I have totally changed my morning ritual. Mornings start off with a few taste shots of espresso while dialing in the machine. That usually gets me pretty pumped and jumpy. Once the machine is dialed I take my final shot and turn it into a cap. Don’t miss one day of enjoying a cap. Mid afternoon I will usually make myself an iced latte or a small cup of cold brew (that I almost never finish because I get distracted…)

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our shop sells the most cold brew and vanilla lattes.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Miria Moreton. Miria found me on Instagram and we’ve had this really adorable insta-friendship since. She owns a coffee shop in Grover Beach, Ca and is married with three adorable little girls. We have so much in common with doing business while being married and having children. It’s so many hats we juggle. Not to mention she’s hilarious and runs a total boss instagram account. Who doesn’t love a good latte art challenge! So even though we have never physically met I seriously respect her and her running a business!

Jennifer Peck Wheir

Beacon Coffee

Ventura: 5777 Olivas Park Dr r, Ventura, CA 93003, USA
Ojai: 211 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023, USA
web | Insta: @beaconcoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

My daily coffee ritual: a pourover, black. At home I use a kalita or v60. Even if I have the option for espresso, I always go for coffee, straight up. 2-3 cups a day, less if I know I'll be cupping that day.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our most popular drink is probably our flat white. At 5 ounces, I think it’s the perfect mix of espresso and milk. We use Straus Barista half + half for a super creamy, rich texture.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

My favorite women owned coffee business in So Cal is Handlebar in Santa Barbara. Kim also owns her business with her husband like I do, but what I love about their shops is they have created beautiful open and inviting spaces. You will mostly likely always find Kim on bar slinging coffee with a smile. Their staff is wonderful, and for me great customer service can be hard to come by in our industry and they nail it every time. I always have a great experience there.

Sarah Pritchett

Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters

Newbury Park: 111 N Reino Rd, Newbury Park, CA 91320, USA
Oxnard: 550 Collection Blvd Suite 130, Oxnard, CA 93036, USA (The Collection at RiverPark)
web | Insta: @ragamuffinroast
What's your daily coffee ritual?

Well, I have two girls (8 and 10 years old) so many mornings the first thing I do is get the kids ready for school. My first cup of coffee is usually after 8:15a school drop-off. I love to start my day with a tasty espresso or, if I need something sweet, I like to go for a 6oz almond milk cap. On days where I have time to sip slowly, I will choose a pour over of my current fav, Ethiopia Boji or share a cup of coffee over breakfast with my husband. Coffee makes me happy so really whatever choice I make, it is the perfect way to start my day!

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our most popular drink on the menu is either a cappuccino or a dirty chai.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

To be honest, I wish I knew the names of more female owned coffee businesses. I think this article will help me with that. My current favorite is probably Scout Coffee in San Luis Obispo. I love the family friendly atmosphere Jon and Sara Peterson have created. I love that they are also a husband and wife team, like Shawn and myself and that they are also juggling raising a family alongside their successful business. It is not easy to balance marriage, children, and work, but it is possible and I respect anyone who is doing so with grace and warmth like the owners of Scout.

I also love Annie Choi the owner of Found Coffee in LA. She is a hard working, fun, and very kind woman running a rad LA coffee house.

There is Red Kettle Coffee owned by Megan Tingstrom who is doing a great job running a local coffee house in Summerland.

A few other great coffee businesses that I know are husband and wife are Dune Coffee, Handlebar Coffee, and Beacon Coffee.

Lisa Olin & Elizabeth Belkind, Cake Monkey Bakery

Cake Monkey Bakery

2805 Agoura Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361, USA
web | Insta: @cakemonkeybakery

Gayla Moore

Moore Coffee & Tea

1800 N Olive St, Ventura, CA 93001, USA
web | Insta: @moorecoffee

Santa Barbara County

Erika Carter-Dart

Dart Coffee Co.

121 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
web | Insta: @dartcoffeeco
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I’m an Single origin AMERICANO GIRL / Always black, every morning after a large glass of water... When opening the shop espresso tasting:)

Most popular drink on the menu?

Espresso and the CORENA CORTADO. Double shot, milk, and simple syrup that taste like a churro!

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

GOOD SEED COFFEE in Solvang

Megan Tingstrom

Red Kettle Coffee

2275 #A Ortega Hill Road, Summerland, CA 93067, USA
web | Insta: @redkettlecoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

My daily coffee ritual is to pull the first few shots on our espresso machine to dial it in. After it's dialed in I pull a double shot for myself and make an Americano, enjoyed black. I've found that this is my favorite drink and also allows me to check our shots to guarantee the best pulled espresso.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our most popular drinks ordered are lattes and drip coffee. For drip coffee we have 6 coffee roasts available daily. 3 house blends and 2 rotating seasonal blends or origin coffees available for special pour-overs. Our house blends consist of The Kettle Black (dark roast), 805 (medium roast, and most favored due to its low acidity, very balanced and smooth) and our Organic Summerland (organic Colombian light roast). We also have an excellent decaf espresso (swiss water process) that has become very popular.

We do have a few Local Specials that we have become known for. One is The Ray of Sunshine Latte - which is a turmeric latte and the other is The Salty Bumblebee Latte, honey and pink sea salt.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

Favorite women owned coffee business is our roaster Moore Coffee & Tea (http://moorecoffee.com/). She is a small batch private label roaster out of Ventura, CA. Not only is Gayla Moore a super talented roaster but she's an amazing human being - always positive, always willing to help and just really passionate about coffee, and in turn makes you a better coffee professional.

Noushin Ketabi

Vega Coffee

web | Insta: @vegacoffeehq
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I’m all about espresso these days. I start the day by making myself a double shot of espresso. I sip on that while I make breakfast for our family. Then, I usually make a second espresso pretty much right after the first one’s down the hatch. I’ve been loving it over ice recently, and will sip on it on my way to the office. Then, I love having a third espresso around late afternoon, say 5pm, to round out the day. Depending on the day, I may have a drip somewhere in between my espressos. :)

Most popular drink on the menu?

We only sell single origin farmer roasted coffee on our site, www.vegacoffee.com -- and far and away, our medium roast Nicaraguan is our #1 seller. It offers a little something for everyone: chocolate-y sweetness, spice and acidity. All in all, it’s a well-rounded crowd-pleaser, and we’re thrilled that folks are enjoying it.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

June Haupts, who owns Welcome Coffee Cart, is just wonderful. We hosted June at our Nicaragua HQ as part of our Experts in Residence program. Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable, but she is unfailingly kind -- basically, just awesome.

As a Santa Barbara resident, I love my local women-owned coffee shops, like The French Press, Dart and Handlebar. Then, there’s Ragamuffin Roasters in Newbury Park -- my folks live in Thousand Oaks, so I always make it a point to stop by Ragamuffin for some coffee whenever I’m en route to/from home.

Kim Olsen

Handlebar Coffee Roasters

128 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
2720 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA
web | Insta: @handlebarcoffee

Leyla Williams

Good Seed Coffee

1607 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463, USA
web | Insta: @goodseedcoffee

Julia Mayer

The French Press & Dune Coffee Roasters

528 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
1101 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Goleta: 250 Storke Rd, Goleta, CA 93117, USA (Storke Plaza)
web | Insta: @thefrenchpress & @dunecoffee

Sherry Villanueva

The Lucky Penny

127 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
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web | Insta: @luckypennysb

 

Loquita

202 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
web | Insta: @loquitasb
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Les Marchands

131 Anacapa St B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
web | Insta: @lesmarchandssb
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San Luis Obispo County

Miria Moreton

Red Bee Coffee

278 W Grand Ave, Grover Beach, CA 93433, USA
web | Insta: @redbeecoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

My coffee ritual depends on if I'm home or at the coffee shop. At the coffee shop it's all peace and quiet. I always start the day with a double espresso and a Gibraltar. At home it's loud and distracted with 3 little girls and a puppy running around. But i always manage to make myself a delicious pour over coffee.

Most popular drink on the menu?

Our lattes are very popular at the shop. Our customers love our house made syrups. The honey lavender is a huge hit, but our vanilla latte is the most popular.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

One of my favorite coffee shops in this area is Scout Coffee located in San Luis Obispo. One of the owners is Sara Peterson, and she does a great job with the style & decor of the shop, high quality of drinks, while also managing a toddler & newborn.

I also admire Cammy Garman. We've become great friends through instagram and I was so proud to see her run Palm & Boy while being pregnant and going back after becoming a mom.

Sara Peterson

Scout Coffee

1130 Garden St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, USA
880 Foothill Blvd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA
web | Insta: @scoutcoffee
What's your daily coffee ritual?

I’m lucky because my husband makes me filter coffee every morning (from our Roastery: HoneyCo) when I wake up. We sit in our living room and have a few moments together before our days begin. It’s one of my favorite rituals and the day doesn’t feel right if we miss this start. We have to get up early to do this before the kids wake up but it’s always worth it!

When I get to the cafe I usually order a cappuccino with our housemade almond milk... I kind of count it as breakfast on a busy day because our almond milk is super rich!

Most popular drink on the menu?

The most popular drink at Scout is our latte. We make several seasonal syrups in house to offer for our customers that want things a little sweeter. Our most popular additions are probably our Vanilla Bean or Wilderness Syrup (made with Douglas Fir tips, maple, and a little citrus zest).

Our Honey Tea Bowl is also a customer favorite! It’s steamed soy/ oat or almond milk with honey and chamomile or coconut tea.

What is your favorite woman-owned coffee business in Southern California (and why)?

I actually don’t spend hardly anytime south of SLO... so sorry my list is a little short...

Some of my favorite women owned businesses are:

  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice cream - I’ve been following Jeni for years and she was one of my original food and flavor inspirations. She’s very innovative and also uses visual art and so much creativity in her business!
  • Heritage Goods - in Carpenteria, a really well curated space offering heirloom quality goods!
  • Handlebar Coffee - in Santa Barbara, great coffee and food run by a truly genuine and hospitable couple (Kim and Aaron).
  • Ruby Rose - a perfectly curated, amazing vintage shop in San Luis Obispo run by Steph Hendry.

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