Long Beach, the second biggest city in the L.A County, only next to Los Angeles, is well-known among the people for its famous ocean liner, ‘Queen Mary,’ which now serves as a hotel. However, what many people do not know is that it will soon become a well-known place for its specialty coffee as well. Many renowned roasters have begun their operations in the city quietly, while many more coffee shops are set to launch their operations soon!
If you are a traveler who also happens to be a coffee lover and want to taste the top roasters along the coastal strip of Long Beach, below mentioned coffee guide could help you!
Lord Windsor Roasters
If you are a tourist who only has a limited time, and can only visit one coffee bar in Long Beach, then Lord Windsor Roasters should be it. Though the store has no connection to the British royals (as the name suggests), it has connections with countless locals who like its specialty coffee. Opened to coffee lovers in 2012 at 1101 East 3rd Street, Lord Windsor Roasters is also one of the first specialty coffee stores in the Long Beach.
As far as the interiors are concerned, the store is beautifully decorated with checkered tiles, a huge green colored Diedrich roaster, and a long wooden bar overlooking the expert baristas creating magic. They are known to serve some of the finest coffee blends, expressos, and filtered coffees brewed, especially on Hario filter cones. It would be nothing less than a mesmerizing experience to sit outside the bar and watch the rolling waves of the Long Beach while sipping on your favorite coffee at Windsor’s.
Located at 2771, East Broadway, Makai Coffee is a spacious and friendly bar where you are guaranteed to feel comfortable. Though the bar is often busy in the early mornings with the visitors to the nearby Temple and the Broadway commuters, there is always ample space for people to relax or open their Mac Book to catch up with their mails at other times. There is also a mini-library located in the lounge where visitors can read a book while tasting Makai’s signature drinks.
The bar makes use of multi-roasters ranging from internationally renowned brands to the local roasters. So the coffee you want to taste while reading your favorite book could be from the house of George Howell or 49th Parallel Coffee, or the local Rose Park Roasters. Busy visitors often pick-up a shot or two of their favorite espressos on the go. Visitors want to spend some time admiring the beauty of Long Beach and its neighborhood sit, relax, and order for a personalized filtered coffee.
Rose Park Coffee Roasters
Though relatively new to the specialty coffee business, Rose Park Coffee Roasters is not new to the coffee roasting business. Rose Park has been supplying fresh coffee to most of the local cafes and homebrewers since 2010 before it finally decided to open its store in 2015. Located on 4th Street, the new store is not only spacious and bright but is also very customer friendly. Apart from its signature blends, customers can also taste one of their popular cold brews or a seasonal latte while witnessing the hot-magnifying evening atmosphere of the Long Beach.