The Sonoma Valley is known for amazing wine but let’s face it, great coffee in Sonoma Valley is every bit as important as great wine, and truthfully maybe more so…bad coffee makes for a very long day! I’m not really sure when it started for me, maybe 15 years ago? I was introduced to freshly ground quality coffee that had a big bold flavor and I have been hooked ever since.
When you’re new to an area or just traveling it can sometimes be a crap shoot as where to find really good coffee. Yes there’s a Starbucks and a Peet’s in Sonoma as a last resort, but thats not what I’m really hoping for when I want a great local scene with my cup of coffee. Also, there are some restaurants that serve up really good coffee in the valley, however for this list we are going to focus on the cafe’s, coffee shops and specialty stores where you can sit, sip and enjoy or just grab and go without having to order a full meal.
Let’s take a tour around the valley together and I’ll give you the insider scoop on where to get your daily fix.
Coffee in Sonoma Valley
If you find yourself on the east side of Sonoma, want to avoid town and love great coffee then this is your place. Sonoma’s Best serves up Blue Bottle Coffee and you can even purchase one pound bags to take home and brew yourself. Blue Bottle doesn’t sell to chumps, so you can be assured to get a great latte. If you are hungry don’t worry, they also have a great treat and deli selection. It’s a really cool old store, the building has old Sonoma charm and does have inside and outside seating if you just want to kick it and sip on your joe.Address: 1190 East Napa Street at 8th Street Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 996-7600 Open at 8am – 7 days a week
Basque Boulangerie Cafe
Basque is located on the east side of the Sonoma Plaza, a couple doors down from the Sebastiani Theater. This place is always booming, but don’t be freaked if the line is out the door, it moves pretty quick and the muffins will make you want to cry they are so good. Basque serves up great organic coffee from Sebastopol’s own Taylor Maid Farms and also has a pretty robust breakfast menu if you want to have a bite to eat. There are a few tables out front under an awning so even when the weather isn’t great you can sit outside and watch the activity around the plaza. This really is a great place.Address: 460 First Street East Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 935-7687 Open at 6am – 7 days a week
Sunflower Caffe located on the west side of the Sonoma Plaza. Don’t let the extra “f” in their caffe fool you, this place is awesome. Sunflower uses Equator Coffee, by far one of the best coffee companies around…did I say great coffee…GREAT COFFEE! Sunflower has it all, lattes, chai, teas and most importently they know how to make them really well. This place is a full on cafe with a great breakfast and lunch menu, and it is all really good…especially the bacon waffle, just say’n.
Lines can be a little long at times but they move pretty quick. This a locals favorite to just hook up for coffee and catch up with friends.Address: 421 First Street West Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 996-6645 Open at 7am – 7 days a week
Crisp Bake Shop
All things good live here. Crisp is located about one mile west of the Sonoma Plaza across from the Sonoma Library. Equator Coffee is brewed and these guys at Crisp Bake Shop really know how to get it right…they make really great coffee! Besides the chai’s and teas you can also get some super high octane cold brewed coffee here…not your typical iced coffee, but the real deal! Ok, let’s talk straight, I’m 45 and if I eat everything I want, I get fat..so I don’t, except here. The scones, pastries and treats are so insanely good no human can resist, so it’s really not my fault. Because we are now friends I’m going to share a secret(well, it’s not really a secret because everyone in Sonoma already knows, sorry) the sea salt chocolate chip cookies are like crack…in a good way, best cookie ever made in the whole world. Go try the cookie and leave a comment here about how addicted you are.Address: 720 West Napa Street Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 933-9999 Open at 7:30am – 7 days a week
Barking Dog Roasters
Barking Dog Roasters is located in Boyes Springs across from the Sonoma Mission Inn. Barking Dog is unique in the Sonoma Valley as they roast their coffee beans right on site, it’s pretty cool and it is a great cup of coffee. You can also purchase the coffee beans to take home and brew yourself if you fall in love with the taste and aroma. Barking Dog has a simple selection of muffins, scones and bagels and offers indoor and outdoor seating.Address: 18133 Sonoma Highway 12 Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 939-1905 Open at 6am M-F, 7am Weekends
Cafe Scooteria – Drive Through Coffee
I’m going to be honest, I have not stopped here for coffee. Here’s a true story, sometimes it’s raining and cold and maybe you’re hungover and didn’t do laundry..or not, I’m not judging. Whatever the story, there are just times when you don’t want to get out of your car but you must get your daily fix of caffeine. When and if this happens then Cafe Scooteria is the place to go. Located in an old cool gas station in the front of the Safeway parking lot, Cafe Scooteria still sells scooters today. You can pull right up, get your coffee brewed from the San Francisco Coffee Company and maybe even buy a scooter, or a muffin.Address: 455 West Napa Street Sonoma, CA 95476 (707) 938-0800 Open at 5am M-F, 6am Saturday, 7am Sunday
If you’re up valley in the Glen Ellen or Kenwood area I have two words for you…home brew. There really isn’t much to offer, but if you find yourself in a pinch and just need some joe then try the Glen Ellen Market or VJB Cellars in Kenwood.
There you have it, the best places to get a great cup of coffee in the Sonoma Valley. If you see something I missed or have some tips just leave it in the comments below.