Best Coffee Shops in Eagle Rock and Pasadena
In many cultures, coffee is a cause to meet, share and be inspired. While Carafina Home Decor brings you many coffee tables to sit around and share your favorite cup of Java or Espresso in your home, here is a list of the top ten coffee shops that our team loves to spend time in. Why you say? Everyone shared a different “awesome” customer service experience or a “you just gotta try this.” We have concentrated on two areas in Southern California, Eagle Rock and Highland Park. Many of us grew up there or are raising our children here and Pasadena where our company is based. We’ve spent many a meeting to develop and build our company. Now it’s your turn to try these special places and work on your next big idea. Happy savoring!
Shop Name Our favorite Signature Drink Location
Cafe de Leche Iced Orchata Espresso York, Highland Park
Coffee Table Coffee and breakfast Colorado,
Peets Coffee Any tea (green rocks) Lake, Pasadena
Intelligenstia The latest brew Colorado, Pasadena
Starbucks Anything. best drive thru Lake, Pasadena
Zona Rosa Mexican hot chocolate El Molino, Pasadena
Coffee Bean & Tea Vanilla latte Arroyo, Pasadena
Copa Vida Cupping events & Music Raymond, Pasadena
Sworks Truckdriver blend Eagle Rock
Urth Cafe Mountain Gorilla coffee, food Colorado, Pasadena
10. Cafe de Leche, Highland Park
Located on the corner of York and Ave. 50, with a perfect view of the new local park, Cafe de Leche opened on York during the housing revival for this artsy enclave. Best known for Craftsmen homes, trendy shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. music and artists, Highland Park and especially York Blvd. have many bespoke art and gathering locales. Boasting delicious blends and pastries, Cafe de Leche features iconic Latin drinks like Iced Orchata Espresso. Come for the coffee and stay to people watch. Know as a drop in for local artists and musicians.
9. Coffee Table Bistro and Lounge, Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock
Take one look at this place and you will have many reasons to continue to feast your eyes. The walls, tables and every nook is adorned with art by local artists. Known for delicious breakfast and lunch combos, their low key dining is welcome to all (they do shut off wi-fi so you can actually talk to your friends once in a while). A huge menu hangs overhead and don’t be shy…ask the staff what they recommend if you are up for delighting your taste buds with a new dish. My favorites are the Super Breakfast Burrito or Eggs from Hell. Come hungry and don’t forget the kids. This bistro is for everyone and during the summer months they utilize an outdoor patio so the kids can stretch out after a meal. Did we mention the coffee is yummy?
8. Peets Coffee, Lake, Pasadena
Started in the ’60’s, Peet’s brings you coffee blends and teas. This location on Lake is a perfect stop in between shopping at the nearby Shops on Lake. Replete with delicious blends of teas (our favorite is anything starting with “green”) you can get a cooler variety now with the summer heat coming on. And you can stop by Noah’s Bagels next door.
7. Intelligentsia, Colorado, Pasadena
Known for coffee-snobbery, but why shouldn’t you boast when you got a good thing. They offer a coffee bar experience in a gorgeous brick structure near the equally gorgeous shops on Old Town Pasadena. Intelligentsia opens up their “kitchen” for roasters so that you can try what will be the next up-and-coming coffee experience. Don’t know what to try? Just ask their baristas.
image: Intelligentsia, Pasadena
6. Starbucks, Lake Ave., Pasadena
We chose this Starbucks (there are about a half dozen near us) because it has the best drive-thru crew and customer service. You’ve been here before, you’ve experienced an actual conversation with lots of smiles and may have even being greeted by your first name. They do all the same great drinks that you can get at any Starbucks but the hiring manager and trainers for this location should be applauded.
5. Zona Rosa, Pasadena
Certified organic and fairly traded coffee roasters, this bright spot (literally, bright Mexican decor and a Dia de Los Muertos vibe) is close to the Pasadena Playhouse district. A small shop but big on flavors. Try any delicious coffee blend or skip the Starbucks and get one of their blended cold mochas. Yummier than any over-priced Frap. Stick around on Thursdays for music in the Playhouse. Not much seating space except for upstairs but cozy to stand and chat or walk the neighborhood.
image: aroundtownpasadena.com/Carly Zinderman
4. Coffee Bean and Tea
One of the most chill places to relax on Lake. Near the shopping mall. They have the friendliest staff who will readily recommend something to cool you or thrill you. Try the Vanilla Latte with Cinammon on top (better than Starbucks by far).
3. Copa Vida, Green St., Pasadena
This is a place you hand sip and linger. Lots of seating with a welcoming vibe. Our favorite is a simple latte with almond milk and any breakfast egg dish. Try the chorizo egg hash (a sunny side egg delight with a jalapeño relish…delish). Their coffees are good but kind of small for the price. Service is excellent. After a drink take a walk on Colorado Blvd. and check out the neighborhood.
2. Sworks Coffee, Eagle Rock
Located on the corner of Eagle Rock Blvd. and Colorado, this shop opened in 2001 and is geared to everyone: artists, students, parents and kids. Featuring Intelligentsia coffee, and their signature roast, Truck Driver. A lovely outdoor patio area as well as a place to play and read just for the little ones. Plenty of seating and free wi-fi if your working on your business plan or the next great novel.
1. Urth Cafe, Pasadena
Boasting organic and fair trade coffee and tea blends (try the Gorilla Mountain blend and help keep supporting Ugandan family farmers to avoid poaching gorillas). This site sits on the corner of Colorado and Madison in Pasadena in a gorgeous Spanish style building. With plenty of options to choose from: organic coffee blends, teas, cold blended drinks, fresh pastries, delicious breakfast or lunch combos (try their egg white and spinach breakfast with a side of toast that is TO DIE FOR). A very lively setting in the heart of Pasadena, this popular location usually has lines out the door but the service is exceptional (they have a second register for take-out in their smaller building). Our favorite drink…too many to count but whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed. Don’t care for the blend after a few sips? Take it back and they recommend something else for you. Their Spanish latte gives Starbucks’ latte some serious competition.
Image. Urth Cafe