Handlebar Coffee Roasters
This local company was started by two professional cyclists, and now has two locations, midtown at 2720 De La Vina Street, and downtown at 128 E. Canon Perdido. They roast their own beans twice a week and sell by the bag so you can also enjoy their coffee at home.
The French Press
This very popular coffee shop now has three locations, in Santa Barbara and Goleta. They are a full scale roastery as well as bakery, and have indoor and outdoor seating at all locations. 528 Anacapa Street, 1101 State Street, and now in Goleta at 250 1-A Storke Road in the old Kmart Shopping Center.
The abundance of indoor and outdoor seating, its own small parking lot, late night hours and surf theme make this a busy local hangout. Great food along with great coffee. Located on the corner of Mission Street and De la Vina Street.
Chances are locals don’t even know that Goleta Coffee exists since it is so tucked away in a Hollister strip mall. A true clandestine coffee den with a funky appeal and a menu which also includes amazing sandwiches, baked goods and smoothies. Couches, recliners, artwork, indoor & outdoor tables, WiFi and a lot of smiles. 177 S. Turnpike Road next to Von’s.
The homey, living room atmosphere (right down to the fireplace) of this place attracts locals and just those in search of a good cup of coffee. Sit on a couch and linger. They have food too! Hidden at 4447 Hollister Avenue two blocks past Modoc Road, but worth the journey to find it!
OK, it is a chain, but it is centrally located on Upper State Street, which makes it a very convenient “local” hangout with both indoor and some outdoor seating. Great coffee and tea! 3905 State Street
An oddly hidden place in a high-profile spot, but worth the effort to find it. The industrial decor suits it well, since it is within a block of the 101 Freeway. Great coffee made from locally roasted beans. WiFi. Located 321 Motor Way behind the City parking lot just off the 300 block of State Street.
Looking for the oldest, most unassuming and homey coffee place in Santa Barbara, try this one on Upper State Street. It is so small, you will probably drive right by it, but there is ample parking behind the store. Be ready for great service and rare coffees. 3558 State Street