There is a Starbucks on just about every corner. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Gloria Jean’s are catching up quickly as well. These establishments are great for grabbing that perfect cup of coffee on the go. What you are missing from this experience is the community involvement the local coffee houses have to offer เมล็ดกาแฟคั่วสำหรับทานเองที่บ้าน.
Claremont’s most hidden secret is a coffee and tea house called CK’s Cafe. The building is not visible from the street and is located down an alley in a parking lot. Even with this hard to find a location, the place is always packed full of people.
CK’s offers a variety of coffee and tea drinks but their specialty is the blooming tea. These are little flower balls that bloom in hot water while you are drinking it. This particular kind of tea is most commonly found in China and specialty tea shops in a limited variety. CK offers dozens of flavors to choose from. They also have hookah’s available for patrons to rent and enjoy in the spacious patio area.
Thursday night is CK’s most attended night of the week. This is due to the weekly open mic night. The event showcases the undiscovered local talent of musicians, poets, dancers, and more. There are typically more performers than there are times for so if you want to be a part of the entertainment you should show up before the 8 pm start time.
The next stop on the local coffee house tour is a place in San Dimas called Homebrew Coffee. The building has previously been called Coffee Bazaar and gone through new management at least a handful of times. They serve a variety of coffee, tea, and smoothies. On weekends, the coffee house features local comedy troupes and bands free of charge. Before it became common to have the Internet in every home, Homebrew Coffee was one of the first establishments in the area to offer an Internet station for a small fee. They have always been very big on community involvement with a community bulletin board as well as posting flyers for events in the glass on the front doors.
Last, and certainly not least, is the Coffee Klatch located in San Dimas. While the company has expanded to Rancho Cucamonga, Concourse and Upland, they have stayed true to their fresh quality and exceptional service. The San Dimas location features Heather Perry, who has won The United States Barista Championship in both 2003 and 2007. They serve a variety of special blend lattes and coffee beverages as well as an array of loose leaf teas. They have also featured various local musicians, typically performing on the weekends.
While the big chain coffee houses can help cure the quick fix, there is so much more of an experience to be gained at the local coffee houses. Pull up a chair, sit back and enjoy the best local coffee and tea specialty beverages and discover the Inland Empires’ best hidden local talent all for the price of one coffee.