Solid Coffee Roasters

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When thinking of the area around the LA and Orange County border, coffee isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Solid Coffee Roasters, though, is trying to change that. Although Solid only opened up a coffee shop in September 2016, they’ve been roasting and brewing coffee for organizations and individuals for a few years (note: they’ve been providing the cold brew coffee for awesome Tackle Box in Corona Del Mar. Check them out!). Its location is a bit odd in the City of Artesia, in a small not-so-flashy strip mall, but hey, who cares? Once you walk in, you forget where you are. The decor is not overly minimalistic, but it’s clean, with white subway tiles and wooden countertops and tables. Funky lights hanging on the ceiling lead you past the espresso machine all the way to back, at which point you’ll meet the coffee roaster.

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But lets get to the menu. First, the coffee. There is the standard array of espresso/milk drinks and a small selection of single origin coffees for pourovers. For something quick, you can grab a House Brewed Coffee, or if you’re into cold brew, you can get a Cold Brew, including the “Nitro” kind. (Note: I’m not a fan of cold brew, but I have to say that Solid’s cold brew is just chocolatey-tasting enough for me to tolerate.  Take that as a compliment.)

fullsizeoutput_2042As for the food, it’s actually pretty good. In fact, if I’m in the area and needed a simple meal, I’d consider stopping by Solid. “The 808,” “Green Bird,” “Toffle,” and “Sparkling Iced Lemonade” are a few of my favorites. Mmmm…lemonade…I like their lemonade.


Since people seem to hang out for a while — could it be the free wifi? — tables could be hard to get, but customers also congregate in the back and place their drinks on the rail counter thing, while they stare at the coffee roaster. Also, Solid is kid friendly and parking isn’t a problem.

Finally, the staff.  Each Solid employee I’ve met has been awesome. They are conscientious, friendly, and eager to help you out.  So go drink the liquid at Solid!

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KIT Coffee

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Unlike its neighbors to the north, there are only a handful of places in Orange County that I’ve discovered that embodies the “total package.” Kit Coffee is one of those places. Nestled in the well-to-do beach community of Newport Beach, Kit Coffee is far from being pretentious. With its over the top commitment to the human experience, Kit welcomes you with a smile and offers a fantastic array of coffee from Coava, Heart, and Temple. Its bright open space, light colored wood, and accents of white and gold help me and I’m certain others reach a place of clarity and peace. And I don’t know why, but I really dig their geometrically shaped stools!

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Kit’s commitment to detail reminds us that in order to truly enjoy a cup of coffee, you need more than just the coffee. Coffeetude tested and Mother approved! =P

Tips: Kit has a full service coffee bar and pour overs are brewed with the use of a V60. They just started offering a short list of food items which consists of breakfast burritos, avocado toast, pastries, etc. (haven’t had the opportunity to try yet) However, I did see them bring in food from Porto’s once, so hopefully they’ll do so again. So, I’m big into vessels and Kit has some awesome Bowman Ceramic mugs for purchase. I LOVE mine! Sorry, not sure about WiFi.

Dinosaur Coffee

When I want to stay a while to hang out or get some work done, I cannot think of a better place to go than Dinosaur Coffee in Silver Lake.  They have great coffee (from Four Barrel), mostly served in nice ceramic mugs, but there is so much more to this place than the coffee.  The first thing to notice is the space/design of the shop.  You have to see it for yourself.  There is a great natural light and the wood menu board thingy that hangs over the bar/counter is cool, weird, and unexplainable.  I love it.  It’s relatively quiet for how many customers can fill the place.  The staff are all so friendly, funny and fun!  This place has major coffeetude.

Tips: the cortado (with a bit of sugary goodness) or even one of their (non-coffee, non-alcoholic) shrubs.  No wifi.  Rare free LA parking in the hard to find back lot.  Depending on the day, Dinosaur partners up with other food vendors — sandwiches, food trucks, bagels, etc. — if you want more than just a snack to eat.  Oh, and check out the restroom…it will all make sense…maybe.

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Introduction of our blog!

“Where do I go for coffee?” “What should I order?” “Where do you get your beans from?”  “My coffee keeps coming out bitter.  What do I do?”   I had been getting so many (welcomed!) questions about where to go for coffee in various cities, or how to make coffee at home that I found myself repeating myself or copy and pasting my texts to various friends and family members (sorry if you got one of those!), that my fingers were about to fall off. Then, someone asked the brilliant question, “Why don’t you start a blog?” Now, why didn’t I think of that?! So here, I present to you, a coffee blog. 🙂

With a primary focus in Southern California, we’ll feature numerous coffee venues at which you can drink good coffee, as well as have a nice time doing so.  Whether you’re looking for a place to hang out with friends, or get some work done, or to find your much needed moment of solitude, we might be able to help! And if you want to step up your coffee making game to another level, we can give you some pointers.

But there is so much more to coffee than coffee.  We’ll share how we look at coffee through humor (we hope!), art, philosophy, life, community, and more.  We want to have fun while we share our attitude about coffee.  Hence, Coffeetude.

In the next few weeks, we’ll unveil more details, but in the meantime, we’d love to hear from you! Please respond as a comment or find us @coffeetude on Instagram and Twitter. If we ever do help you out, and you post about it, we’d appreciate a #coffeetude mention.  Thanks for stopping by!