Sacramento’s Best Coffee

Camille Anglo and Sammie Moreno

Coffee has been the lifeline for many busy Sacramento State students looking for that last extra push to finish a late-night paper or prepare for an exam.

Although many students have grown up getting their coffee from Starbucks or other large java chains, Sacramento boasts a large selection of local shops.

1. Chocolate Fish Coffee

Location: Corner of 3rd and Q streets

Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Chocolate Fish Coffee is a small coffee shop with a unique name and aromatic coffee that can wake up anyone’s day. With beans from many countries such as Rwanda, Costa Rica and Ethiopia, the New Zealand-style coffee house gives coffee lovers numerous choices of brew.

The coffee shop has also opened another location in East Sacramento for those who are unable to venture into their original downtown location.

2. The Naked Lounge

Location: 1500 Q St.

Hours: Daily 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

This laid back coffee house offers unique drinks for customers who are looking to relax and wind down from a long day of work. With three locations in East Sacramento, Midtown and Downtown, The Naked Lounge offers blissful drinks such as Bowl of Soul, which is made from soy milk, honey, chamomile tea and ibarra chocolate. For more classic fare, the cappuccino is a good choice for coffee lovers.

3. Chicory Coffee

Location: 1131 11th St

Hours: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Chicory Coffee offers locals and state workers a café to grab a cup of coffee by the State Capitol. The coffee shop gives people a great place for a cup of espresso and people watching on their patio. Not only does Chicory Coffee offer aromatic coffee for locals, but they serve sweet pastries, such as raspberry scones, delivered every morning from Freeport Bakery. The coffee shop also serve savory soups like vegan lentil soup for customers looking to have a small meal with their coffee.

4. Old Soul Co./The Alley

Location: 1716 L Street

Hours: Daily 6 a.m to 7 p.m

Review: Old Soul Co. brings many downtown business and state workers throughout early mornings and welcomes many students and families throughout the day.

The Alley, the patio area of Old Soul Co. is tucked in the back of an alley giving the place a very quiet and chill atmosphere.

Old Soul Co. originally a wholesale business, grew into selling food and roasted coffee to other restaurants and cafés throughout Sacramento. The company travels all over the world to find the best coffee beans and currently focusing on Africa. Old Soul does direct sourcing and personally knows all of the farmers they get their coffee beans from.

Barista Charlotte Enzeres said she recommends their Americano and mochas, two of their top sellers at Old Soul.

“I’d definitely recommend our mocha to anyone who has never been here before,” Enzeres said. “It’s made in-house with Ghirardelli and Ginger Elizabeth chocolates.”

5. Temple Coffee

Location: 1010 9th Street

Hours: Daily 6 a.m to 11 p.m.

Temple Coffee and Tea offers a wide section of coffee blends and is roasted daily on-site. The coffee shop, which ranked in the top six of the best roasters on the food website The Daily Meal, recommends their Brazil Fazenda Santo Antonio coffee. The drink features milk chocolate with light citrus and nutty aromas and flavors. For customers looking for a more classic take on coffee, the French presses are also a popular selection with regulars.

Nursing student Ivan Chatilov, 25, said he is fond of the selection at Temple Coffee because he can get drinks that are not available anywhere else.

“I usually try out their brews and I think they have two of their own personal drinks that the baristas created and they’re pretty unique combinations,” Chatilov said. “They’re pretty sweet and minty and [the baristas] use honey sweeteners instead of sugar.”

6. Broadacre Coffee

Location: 1014 10th Street

Hours: Daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Broadacre Coffee attracts many business workers through the day since it’s located in the heart of downtown. During its later hours, people come in to hang out, relax and study.

Opened in fall 2011 by two brothers from Auburn, Calif., the coffee shop has a brightly lit interior with minimal wallpaper, which makes it a spacious place to have a cup of freshly brewed espresso or tea after a long day.

Broadacre Coffee offers coffee from local roasters, such as Verve Coffee and Insight Coffee Roasters.

The coffee shop has a variety of coffee roasters, but Broadacre Coffee’s array of lattes are even a bigger hit.

Barista Nicholas Hann said the lattes at Broadacre Coffee is one of their most popular drinks because of the unique flavors.

“The Lavender latte is one of my favorite drinks,” Hann said. “It is made from real lavender extract and ginger syrup.”