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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sonoma County Coffee Shops

Before I delve into this article - I want to apologize to the coffee shops left out of the print edition. There's one thing about publishing that teaches you the Serenity Prayer to “accept the things I cannot change.” Once that file is sent off to the printer, there's no turning back! That's the beauty of the web. Here I can update this list as people send me corrections and additions. I have added comments and web sites - just let me know what you want added...and I will! Your comments are welcome.

In the mean time, please enjoy holding my paper edition in your hands...please support my advertisers so I can keep supporting our home with articles Written by Readers - and we'll all be happy! Enjoy this resource guide to Sonoma County Coffee Shops, and e-mail me with any corrections or additions:

Sonoma County Coffee Shops

By Vesta Copestakes
The smell of coffee has been part of my life since I was a small child. Back then it was percolated on the stove. The distinctive sound of water being drawn up the center tube, splashed into the glass bulb at the top of the percolator (fun to watch), then filtered through grounds in the basket – over and over and over - until someone decided it was done. We don’t torture coffee that way anymore. Preparing coffee has become quite sophisticated.

Stephen Powers opened Cheeko's 19 years ago
And coffee shops – did we have coffee shops decades ago? I don’t know. I was a kid, but now, they’re everywhere! I was talking with Stephen Powers at Cheeko’s Corner, a cart by Pacific Market in Sebastopol’s Redwood Marketplace. Back when he started his business 19 years ago, he could count his competitors on one hand. I just learned that Cheeko’s is where my Alan used to drop off banana bread he and his son Alex would make in the wee hours of the morning…a way to get the boy making money at a young age. Dad was not only transportation, he was baker and motivation as well.

In my tiny town of Forestville…3 blocks long on one side…two on the other…we have two coffee shops within easy walking distance of each other. Off the Track is changing hands as I write, but the new owners, Anthony & Natalie, have every intention of keeping it a great place to spend time while enjoying coffee, tea, chai and snacks. They have the indoor location. Sunshine Roasters next to Forestville Pharmacy, is a tiny hole in the wall with two tables outside – but – my favorite coffee hands-down. Mike’s Light Roast has my vote for the sweetest, smoothest coffee around. I told him it powers the Gazette and is the only coffee I buy for home. Yum! They roast it right in town so our downtown bursts with the smell of fresh roasted coffee beans some times. I’m among those who love that smell. 

AND, since I totally forgot to list Nimble's coffee cart in the parking lot of Speer's Market, Bo's Brew, she gets special attention for being so understanding! What a fact, she is so sweet, and has such loyal fans, that when her canopy fwas fading into threads, customers pooled their funds and surprised her one morning with a brand new, incredibly top-end canopy to shelter customers from sun and rain. Now that's customer love!

Aroma Roasters in Railroad Square
And while I’m on roasting….there are numerous places who roast their own beans, right on premises. Gold Coast in Duncans Mills, Aroma Roasters in Railroad Square, Santa Rosa, Barking Dog in Boyes Hot Springs, and Petaluma Coffee & Tea in Petaluma. I’m sure there are more, but these are the ones I see while stocking newsstands. YEP - I just got a call from Bunfgalow Coffee in Larkfield - they roast as well right in the shop and told me that Flying Goat roasts up in Healdsburg as well. The paper has been in Sonoma County a mere 8 hours and corrections are coming in - THANK YOU! keep 'em coming! And recently I discovered a new roaster in Sebastopol – Melody Roasters – that supplies many shops with beans.

This gets me into the subject of where people get their coffee. The majority of coffee shops I visited specialize in shade-grown organic. That’s my preference so it’s what I seek. Why shade-grown and why organic? Yes, the taste is sweet and soft compared with coffee grown in the hot sun. Very different. But having the plants under trees also supports song-bird habitat, so from the very first time I learned this aspect of shade-grown coffee, I decided it’s the only coffee I will drink.

Coffee plantations have destroyed forests to get higher yield in the sun.  Those forests are the place song birds go when it’s cold up north. Without their wintering places, populations have diminished, and in some cases, become extinct. So when you hear those birds singing to wake you up – pick up your mug of hot coffee and sing their praises by supporting the place they go to spend the winter months. It’s only fair.

I got into a conversation with Wally who owns Bad Ass Coffee in Larkfield, and although he does sell some organic, he specializes in Kona coffee. It, too, is sweet and soft…perhaps because Hawaii is just so warm and sensual. What it comes down to is people choose their coffees the way they choose beer and wine. After exploring the options, they settle into a favorite drink, coffee and place to spend time with a cup, their laptop, and friends.

So I’ll move on to location, location, location. Coffee shops are more than a place to purchase a beverage. They are places to spend time, meet friends and in cases like entrepreneurs with no “brick & mortar” office, places to meet clients and do business. I’m one of those, so I favor shops with a table big enough to seat several people, and far enough away from the espresso machine that you can continue talking when someone is making a latté. Those machines are loud!
SoCo Coffee features lots of meeting space

Several shops not only have meeting tables, they also have lounges with sofas, set up like a living room away from home. Holy Roast on 7th at Mendocino is one of those places. The barista there was so enthusiastic I thought she was the owner – but no – she “just” works there. I ran into Ann Hancock of the Climate Protection Campaign because her office is right down the block. That’s the other thing about location. How close it is to your stomping grounds.

On the purely social level, SoCo Coffee on the corner of 4th and Brookwood in Santa Rosa has all the bases covered. They have a place where little kids can play out of the traffic zone, the Hemingway table where groups like the Redwood Writers meet, and the main room with a wall of book shelves that absorb sound and clusters of tables for people to work on their laptops, etc.

If you want LOTS of personality in your hang-out, I’d recommend Hardcore Coffee on the corner of 116 & Bloomfield Rd. It’s a fair weather hangout because it’s basically a cart under an awning, but they’ve been there for more than a decade and built a mish-mash of shelters, have an assortment of used furniture, a huge play area, and lots of things to sell. It’s a gathering place for many.

Alexis loves color - ceiling to floor!
Another totally colorful place is my friend joe on Mendocino Ave. across from the Junior College. Alexis Bauer used to own three coffee shops – two in Sebastopol and this one in SR, but has narrowed it down to what she can keep going and have a life as well. Her shop is resplendent with color and personality and fits well with the college environment. She’s very politically active so you can learn about who’s doing what, where and when at her shop and get yourself connected to people with social passion.

I can’t cover every coffee shop in Sonoma County, so I’m going to finish up with two that just grab my heart. One is The Bean Affair in Healdsburg because groups meet there, play cards, share time in a room that’s totally separate from the bakery and beverage area, so sound is not an issue and light pours in through the windows. The other is Café Aquatica in Jenner where you can take your mug and bowl of clam chowder out on the deck and watch birds fly over the Russian River, and sit long enough for the sun to set. This is one of my favorite places on earth – spectacular.
Take your time here and enjoy the view at Café Aquatica

See below for Coffee shops by town and let me know what I’m missing. I’ll add it  - and your comments!

Enjoy the journey…share time over a mug and say “Hi” if you see me on the road distributing papers.

Coffee Shops by Town - these independently owned shops serve coffee and some baked goods - and some meals! Yes, Starbucks & Peets are not listed - there are too many of them! BUT – people love them – especially because it doesn't matter WHICH Starbucks or Peets you go into – the product is consistent…AND they are open late!. And I do understand that although they are not “locally-owned” they are a large benefactor to our local economy. I just want you to know about these entrepreneurs listed below!  Please let us know if our list is not complete or has shops that are no longer in business. I’m updating this list as I learn more and have time. Send us your comments. Thanks!  - Vesta (707 887-0253

Underground Coffee & Cafe
124 South Cloverdale Boulevard
(707) 894-1005
This shops is at the back of Antiques & Uniques so make a bee-line to get your coffee, then browse. Theres a wonderful used books store here as well so you have plenty to entertain yourself while sipping.

Panaderia el Palomo Mexican Coffee Shop & Bakery 
122 First Street
Mexican coffee and pastries share a cultural flavor that this place has captured and maintained. Very popular.

Geyserville Mud
21001 Geyserville Ave
Owned and operated by barista Valerie Blanchard. She serves Thanksgiving coffee made in Ft. Bragg , plus Breakfast burritos , bagels, pastries, and locally made almond toffee

Bean Affair
1270 Healdsburg Ave
(707) 395-0177
Locally owned; locally sourced beans and a decent menu of munch-upons to go. Wonderful front room for gatherings.

Downtown Bakery and Creamery
308 Center Street
(707) 431-2719
Locally revered for their stickybuns…

Flying Goat
324 Center St
(707) 433-3599
Considered the Buckingham Palace of Real Coffee and Comfort by many. VERY popular place to socialize or sit with your laptop.

Moustache Baked Goods
381 Healdsburg Ave
“All American classics with Character…on the Square…”

Café Newsstand
301 Healdsburg Ave.
(707) 922-5233
Nectar of the bean AND a brilliant selection of reading material..

Ana’s Cafe & Espresso
10333 Old Redwood Highway
707) 837-0680
Friendly folk to match the captivating cuppa.

Café Noto
630 McClelland Dr.
(707) 836-1830
SO not a global chain….SO terrific! Far from the Starbucks crowd, a real comfortable place to sit quietly.

Roasters Espresso Bar
6656 Front St, Forestville
(707) 887-1632
Infusing downtown Forestville with the heaven scent of shade grown beans brought to their peak

Off the Track
6544 Front St
(707) 887-1400
Coming under new ownership so stay tuned – I'll be back with current info. Breakfast Burritos, snacks and more

Bo’s Brew Coffee Cart
7891 Mirabel Road
(707) 237-2769
Noble opens her cart bright & early at 6am. She has a very loyal following, in fact, so loyal that when she needed an new awning, her customers surprised her with a brand new structure – that’s love!

Russian River:
Jessica & hannah of Coffee Bazaar
Coffee Bazaar
14045 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville
(707) 869-9706
Fresh baked goods, rockin’ sandwiches, wi fi and Twice Told Books just next door…very comfortable place to spend time - the whole front is open in sunny days - tables outside for fine weather.

Flavors Ice Cream & Coffee
16450 Main St., Guerneville
(707) 869-2927
Coffee is the favored beverage in winter, and fresh made soft ice cream and yogurt custom-blended is the fave in summer.

Higher Ground 
16626 Hwy 116, Guerneville
(707) 481-5967
A favorite hang-out over the years – very relaxed west-county crowd. Used to be Kaya’s.

Bia Coffee
19420 Hwy 116, Monte Rio
(707) 865-9877
Right next to the post office and Cuts on the Green barbershop, this place used to be Mama Java's. Catherine Sheeran now owns Bia and features home made Irish bread...stop by for a slice and a cup of java! very homey and comfy here.

Don’s Dogs Café & Coffee
20396 Bohemian Hwy, Monte Rio
(707) 865-4190
Especially wonderful in warm weather, sit on the deck and make sure you enjoy on of Dons hot dogs - I know you came for coffee, but you have to try a dog! At night - slip into the theater - there is no other the movie theater like this - guaranteed! 

Gold Coast Coffee 
23577 Steelhead Blvd., Duncans Mills
(707) 865-1441
Beans roasted on site – taste tells! This is a very popular place for people rising their motorcycles to the coast to stop by on the way out or on the way home. Wood-fired ovens bake pizza and all kinds of baked treats from scones to cookies.

Café Aquatica
10439 Hwy 1, Jenner
 (707) 865-2251
Organic, locally roasted beans for a memorable mug – perfect with their memorable chowder in this memorable setting…

Raymond’s Bakery
5400 Cazadero Hwy, Cazadero
(707) 632.5335
An oasis of freshly brewed coffee and award winning, freshly baked pastries among the redwoods

Willowood Market Cafe
9020 Graton Road
(707) 823-0233
Top rated for its food, service, ambiance – oh – and its coffee!

Howard Station Cafe
3811 Bohemian Hwy
(707) 874-2838
Howard's is incredibly popular for breakfast on weekends, so get there either early or late. Fantastic baked goods as well as smoothies - yes - and just plain coffee if you go to the back of the room - take your mug outt onto the front porch. Ah! Occidental!

Union Hotel Café
3731 Main St.
(707) 874-3555
The Union Hotel & Restaurant is legendary and owned by the Gonnella family for generations. The cafe it u front and has that lovely old hotel atmosphere that makes you feel far from the current time zone. Enjoy!

Wild Flour Bakery
Bohemian Hwy - really small town!
OK – it's primarily a bakery that makes wood-fired bread, biscotti, sticky buns and more. But it has great coffee (Taylor Maid) and very good Chai. And right next door is Enduring Comforts – say Hi to Thea!
On the Coast:
Colleen's Coffee Shop (formerly Brew)
17175 Bodega Hwy, Bodega
(707) 876-1810
Born from the love of good coffee...this little shop is THE place for coffee in town!
Coffee Cove
555 S Highway 1, Bodega Bay
(707) 377-4182
Great coffee and delectable house baked pastries - opened last summer so look for the flags by Coldwell banker real Estate.

David's Coffee & Ice Cream
next to the Dog House
573 Hwy 1 - but really on the road that slips by the post office and overlooks the bay. OK - I don't know it;s name - just that David owns it and sells ice cream and coffee. Incredible place to watch the light change on water.

Roadhouse Coffee
2001 N Hwy 1, Bodega Bay
(919) 866-8923
Come for the coffee, stay for the conversation! Home made pastries made by Jim Irving's daughter and I have her name written here somewhere! She;s a chip off the old block so enjoy the next generation after Jim. Love you Jim!

Coffee Catz
6761 Sebastopol Ave
(707) 829-6600
Local hangout and meeting place. Science Buzz cafe meets here - so do many people! They have acoustic music events as well so stay in touch with their web site!

Hardcore Espresso
1798 Gravenstein Hwy So.
(707) 823-7588
Enjoy consistently excellent espresso in a hangout with LOTS of personality! This place is as eclectic as it comes! Ya gotta love it! Drive-thru as well as hang out for as ling as you want! merchandise for sale - lots of info on events.

Holy Cow Coffee
130 South Main St.
 (707) 861-9050
Baristas that love their job and gluten free baked goods – Holy Cow!! Fairly new in town they're gathering a following! Get the Club card while you're there!

Ninja Star Coffee Bar
992 Gravenstein Hwy So.
(707) 861-3834
Lovely small shop - tiny inside with umbrellas over tables in outside area carved from the parking lot next to the dry cleaner. Bruce lee is the manager and he says - we do coffee Ninja style - which quite honestly - I don't know what that means! It's owned by Aaron Parks who owns Café Aquatica in Bodega Bay so it has to be good!

Sebastopol Cookie Co.
168 N.  Main St.
OK - it's a cookie place that sells coffee - but oh those cookies! Buy them by the dozen and take them to your office!!

Village Bakery
7225 Healdsburg Ave
(707) 829-8101
Chase your cup of coffee with one of their Scandinavian pastries. Incredible bread and baked goods, you'll find their products at lost of other coffee shops as well!

Westside Café
171 Pleasant Hill Rd.
 (707) 823-1800
Sweet little cafe where they bake their own pastries, muffins, etc. Take some home with you!

Santa Rosa:
1710 Coffee House
1710 Mendocino Ave
(707) 571-2216
Across from the Santa Rosa JC, is an oasis for students, professionals, and coffee lovers of all kinds. it also is an R House Inc. program providing vocational training for at-risk youth since 2002.  R House is a Sonoma County nonprofit organization and has been providing a variety of programs for at-risk youth since 1977.  If you would like to know more about our nonprofit programs, please click to our website:

A’roma Roasters
95 5th Street
Coffee, tea and infusions in a lively, open café. Great place to sit with freinds or spend time studying by the window. This is a gathering place. Live music on special evening.
Atlas Coffee
300 South A St - Ste 4
 (707) 526-1085
Featuring Ecco and Sunshine coffees. A little hard to find down a side alley – but that gets you into their outdoor garden and indoor café where musicians and artists enjoy an eclectic environment. Committed to find coffee – and good music.
Bad Ass Coffee
90 Mark West Springs Rd, #100
(707) 526-3434
Kona coffee is their specialty – soft, rich, sensual….Wally is a total delight – always cheerful and welcomes his crowd with style. Great place to spend time with friends.

Bungalow Coffee
540 Larkfield Center
(707) 546-8223
Eric and Shawna Rundstrom roast their own coffee coffee and blend their own tea – serve it at the café and sell it to fine restaurants. They even have a coffee and tea club on their web site…all this while raising two small children, McKenna & Mallory (just born!). Tasty cookies as well!

Wolf Coffee
Wonder what happened to Wolf? They no longer maintain coffee shops – but blends, roasts and distributes artisan coffee – visit them online and order beans shipped directly to your home

Bliss Bakery
463 Sebastopol Ave., Roseland Area
707- 542-6000
Featuring gluten free sweet and savory baked goods

Cafe Des Croissants
3194 Coffey Lane,  #404
(707) 526-3988

2097 Stagecoach Rd. – Suite 150
(707) 541-6823
Maui grown coffee expertly brewed and cheerfully served

Cookie’s Coffee
1791 Marlow Rd.
(707) 526-4087
Espresso shop known for its support of local art students - sells books by local authors, and has art exhibits that rotate. use your GoLocal rewards care here.

Flying Goat 
10 Fourth St. in Railroad Square
Coffees roasted in small batches. This is another FG favorite hang-out right on Railroad Square.

Highway Espresso
5505 Old Redwood Hwy.
(707) 576-9868
Drive through with very early morning hours for your convenience

Holy Roast
490 Mendocino Ave.
Enthusiastic baristas serves it up right in this living room away from home. Comfy place to meet friends.use a Holy Roast travel mug and get a discount!

Johnny’s Java
3080 Marlow Rd, #A5
(707) 528-0168
Coffee devotees love this place from its mugs to its specialty drinks

Michoacana Ice Cream & Coffee
1546 Sebastopol Rd
(707) 526-6661
Featuring exceptional Mexican ice creams - hand made in house

my friend joe
1810 Mendocino Ave
(707) 843-4966
Make the college scene - great coffee, fun setting, newsworthy conversation! Alexis is right on top of political and social activism conversation and events so consider her shop a place to stay informed!

Princess Latté
3200 Dutton Ave
 (707) 528-3112
Iced chai a specialty…

PJ’s Grindhouse
435 Santa Rosa Ave
(707) 479-1209
Family run (two sisters and their grown children)  – carefully crafted specialty drinks and shakes. Walk up, drive thru, sit inside or out

Sonoma Coffee Company (SoCo Coffee)
521 4th St, Santa Rosa
(707) 573-8022
Dependably good coffee and friendly, knowledgeable baristas. Great pace for meetings and groups or just a library ind of space to spend quiet time -  very kid friendly with a play area!

The Pink Box Baking Company
2700 Yulupa Ave.
Owned and run by well respected pastry chef Stacy Willis – need we say more?

Village Bakery
1445 Town and Country Drive
(707) 527-7654
Generations of locals swear by the coffee and the Scandinavian pastries. Many coffee shops feature their baked goods!

Viola Boutique & Café
709 Village Court
707- 544-8830
High quality locally sourced meals, bakery items and carefully crafted coffees

Rohnert Park:
Cafe Des Croissants
101 Golf Course Dr Ste A3
(707) 585-6185

Charlie Brown’s Café
1801 E Cotati Ave
(707) 664-3370
Full scale espresso bar on campus; meals and pastries

Golden Bean Coffee Shop
101 Golf Course Dr
 (707) 585-6185
100% organic Blue Bottle coffees, local art work….enjoy!

Grateful Bagel Gorilla Coffee
1451 Southwest Blvd Ste 107
(707) 793-9990
Coffee and teas - and of course bagels

IL Barista Café
80 Raleys Towne Center
(707) 585-7415
Coffee made to order and exceptional salads, sandwiches and breakfast sweets

Mocha Mamas Drive Thru
355 Southwest Boulevard
(707) 664-8688
Espresso Bar with the emphasis on convenience..

Moxy Java
285 Snyder Lane
(707) 792-5004
Espresso concoctions with flair  

Sonoma Valley Bagel
1451 Southwest Blvd
(707) 793-9990
Great coffee and a variety of types of bagels, schmears and sandwiches to tempt you.

Sonoma Valley Bagel & Cafe
350 Rohnert Park Expy West
(707) 585-8095
For those who like a bagel with their coffee - featuring fresh bagels in every variety imaginable

Johnny’s Java
8492 Gravenstein Hwy
(707) 794-0168
Your basic coffee shop with things to eat - JJ's vary by who runs each one.

Northlight Books & Café
550 E. Cotati Ave
For many years a favorite hang-out for students, this is a full coffee shop, as well as well-stocked books store. It makes you want to be a student.
Cotati Coffee
8225 Old Redwood Hwy
(707) 794-9159
Tiny shop offering good coffee and coffee drinks with a few small noshes like fresh-baked muffins - very little space but good people.

Acre Coffee
21 4th Street
(707) 772-5117

Preparing Flying Goat Coffee and sort of blowing away all other Petaluma coffee purveyors in terms of quality. Inherited an unfortunate room footprint with their location, but they are somehow managing to allow customer flow right through the seating area. Dunno how, but I don't feel rushed nor cramped while sitting down for a cup of coffee or pot of tea. (Thanks Tommy)

Bovine Bakery
23 Kentucky St.
THE Bovine Bakery from Point Reyes right here in Sonoma County. Incredible pastries served with all our favorite hot beverages.

Apple Box
224 B Street
(707) 762-5222
Right on the water by the pedestrian bridge that traverses Petaluma River.

Aqus Café in Petaluma for great coffee, music
and good, healthy food. Great place!
Aqus Café
189 H Street
(707) 778-6060
Major gathering place for people of several generations. Music, events, all kinds of things happening here – John makes this THE place to be and spend time!

Java Hut - Coffe Kiosk
100 Fairgrounds Dr.
(707) 763-5496

Heaven Scent Café
929 Lakeville Highway
(707) 789-0612
Friendly service and heavenly baked goods - great sandwiches, too!

Marina Bean
Baywood Dr, #145.
(707) 778-7543 775
Just like it says – out at the marina. Like boats and water? Favorite for people who work nearby.

Pepper’s Coffee Shop
335 So McDowell Blvd
(707) 775-4296

Petaluma Coffee and Tea
212 2nd Street, Petaluma
(707) 763-2727
Big open space – where they roast coffee on premises. It has that waterfront feel to it because it's in the formerly manufacturing end of town near the Theater District and river.

Petaluma Mail Depot
40 4th St.
(707) 762-8150
This is a coffee cart next to the Mail Depot which is run by some pretty amazing people who love to support young artists. Much admiration for this couple.

Petaluma Market
210 Western Ave.
(707) 762-5464
This coffee cart parks right outside the market and never moves. Grab a cup before shopping! GRWAT grocery store!

Viva Cololat
110 Petaluma Boulevard North
(707) 778-9888
I don't consider this a coffee shop,  but it is a great place for coffee drinks and amazing hot cocoa - and Lynne makes some of the most unique chocolates around - and she carries chocolates by famous chocolatiers. Plenty of opportunities to sit and eat - buy gifts and walk away feeling satisfied.

10101 Main St, #A
 (707) 794-1516
Very comfy, down-home kind of place. Plenty of tables for sitting both inside and out. Very relaxed. The woman who owns this shop makes you feel like you are visiting her home.

Boyes Hot Springs:
Barking Dog Roasters
18133 Hwy 12
(707) 939-1905

Creekside Café
239 Boyes Blvd.

Glen Ellen:
Garden Court Café
13647 Arnold Dr
(707) 935-1565

Theresa manages Barking Dog in Sonoma
Barking Dog Coffee Roasters
201 West Napa St
In the Marketplace shopping center. They roast their own beans, have locally baked goodies and host meetings, and gatherings – reserve a place if your group is large. Very comfortable and friendly.

Basque Boulangerie Café
460 1st St E.
(707) 935-7687
Amazing bakery that sells coffee because you just have to. Lines out the door this place is that good! Seating inside and out.

Break Away Cafe
19101 Highway 12
(707) 996-5949
Love the graphics on their web site. Dedicated to coffee - but a full cafe nonetheless. This is a very popular place right next to the Parkpoint gym so go get thin - then eat!

Community Café
875 W Napa St
(707) 938-7779
More a café than just coffee shop but we though you might like to sit, eat and drink here as well. They sell Local Authors books!

El Dorado Corner Café
Inside the El Dorado Hotel
405 1st St
Right off the Plaza the café sits inside the hotel by the El Dorado Kitchen – also known for it's fine food.

Harvest Moon Café
487 1st St W
707) 933-8160

Hot Shots
711 Broadway
(707) 935-8480
Way cool drive-thru with a few seats outside. All your favorite coffee drinks.

La Haye Café
140 E Napa St
707) 935-6994

Maid At Home
122 West Napa Street
(707) 938-1700
Anyone know about this place? They sell whole beans and tea – but that's all I know! Their beans are Taylor Maid Farms – hence the Maid and they also have a location in Sebastopol at 7190 Keating Ave. Strange that they don't mention the Sonoma location!  707.824.9110 x 17

Sunflower Café has outdoor seating on the
sidewalk and out back in the garden
Sonoma's Best
1190 East Napa Street

(707) 996-7600
On the way out of Sonoma on the way to Napa as a convenient stopover point. They have a coffee bar - literally - a deli with fresh-made sandwiches, a wine bar and patio out back for garden sitting in fine weather. This is a lovely place to rest.

Studebaker Cheesecake
248 W. Napa St. #A
(707) 933-9224

Sunflower Caffé Espresso
421 First Street West
(707) 996-6645
Started out as just coffee then evolved over the years to a café and even wine bar. They keep changing! Very friendly staff – a favorite for locals and tourists – sit outside in good weather.

The Briar Patch
464 First E Street #H
(707) 996-7573
Highly recommended by Jonathan, a Sonoma reader who says it's his absolute favorite. E Street is kind if a street - kind of an alley off the Plaza, lined with shops and places to eat. Find it!

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