Sometimes in this fast-paced world we live in, it is important to sit back and relax. What better way to do that than to cozy up with a warm cup of coffee surrounded by friendly staff and great ambiance? San Luis Obispo hosts many great and unique coffee shops that can fit the desires of any coffee-goer as well as provide great areas for studying.
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Peet’s Coffee & Tea is your classic chain coffeehouse. However, San Luis Obispo’s location employs the friendly and outgoing staff of SLO, which creates a small-town feel in a nationwide known coffeehouse. “It is a chain that everyone knows, but is definitely overlooked sometimes!” said Abby Attig, a frequent coffeeshop-goer from Cal Poly. With both indoor tables and outdoor benches, Peet’s offers many different types of options for seating. Located in the heart of downtown, Peet’s is easily accessible and convenient. The large windows create a bright and open ambiance creating a refreshing coffee experience. Peet’s also offers more extended hours than the other community coffee houses, reaching from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. “They also really cater to college students with free wifi.” said Abby Attig.
Located: 1075 Court St
A classic cup of coffee from Peet’s can always please one’s tastebuds.
Front Porch SLO
Front Porch is located right off campus, making it walkable from any on campus housing. Front Porch, in fact, serves free coffee, tea, and snacks to all Cal Poly and Cuesta students. Although the coffee is just your average, normal drip, who could turn down a free up of coffee? Front Porch is most known for its free wifi and large study areas in a quiet setting.”If you are feeling more social, you can study downstairs in the living room or on the porch, but if you are cramming for a midterm the library upstairs provides a quiet and focused atmosphere with comfy chairs and desks for everyone!” said Rachel Carlson, another coffee lover from Cal Poly. It often holds events including free pancake breakfasts, dinners, and, most recently, an open mic night. If you’re looking for a convenient place to study with some free coffee, Front Porch is the place for you.
Located: 1468 Foothill Blvd
Scout Coffee Co.
Scout Coffee Co. is most related to a Pinterest-like coffee shop. “Walking in it is hard not to notice how adorable the decorations of the coffee shop are; probably the most popular Instagram spot in SLO,” said Shirin Beroukhim who decided to take her mom to this specific coffeeshop when visiting. With colorful wall designs and different types of seating, such as stump-looking chairs, the setting is unique in comparison to the other coffee shops in the area. Because of their unique seating, Scout Coffee Co. might not be the best study space, however, it is great for get togethers, a coffee date, or even to relax with a book or magazine. The baristas create a welcoming and laid-back mood upon entrance. Each coffee drink is presented with beautiful latte art that accompanies a great taste.
Located: 1130 Gardent Street
Shirin Beroukhim and her mother enjoy their coffee’s in front of Scout’s beautiful indoor decor.
Kreuzberg Coffee Company
Kreuzberg Coffee Company is probably the most popular coffee house in San Luis Obispo, located on the main drag of SLO on Higuera Street. “The chairs are cozy, the baristas are young and friendly, and they make a delicious chai tea that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy,” said Abby Attig. Kreuzberg also provides free wifi and is a common study spot for many students. With a huge outdoor patio as well as couches and large work tables indoors, Kreuzberg creates the perfect study spot. It is known to have a hipster feel with an array of thrift shop looking “knick knanks” that cover the walls. The baristas are mainly college students which creates a friendly, relatable atmosphere.
Located: 685 Higuera Street
Blackhorse Expresso & Bakery
Blackhorse Expresso & Bakery is most praised for its quiet aura and friendly service. “It’s never too crowded which means you can get a lot more good, focused studying done while you enjoy their great coffee and delicious, reasonably priced pastries and salads!” said Rachel Carlson. The staff are knowledgable as well as professional. They are always helpful with answering any questions and truly put customer service first. Service is quick and produces great snacks and drinks. Blackhorse is also recognized for its great pastries and baked goods such as their stuffed croissants and fresh bagels. They have some great outdoor seating as well as a comfy and “hip” indoor atmosphere.
Located: 1065 Higuera Street
Presentation of the coffee is always a special touch.
To learn more about different types of coffee and other hot coffee places in SLO, check out Fresh Cup of Brew and SLO Much Coffee.