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Best Places For A Thoughtful Cup Of Coffee In Sacramento

Coffee is available in just about every establishment, just about everywhere. Coffee shops (of course), restaurants, bars and even gas stations offer a version of the black brew. Coffee is likely the most omnipresent beverage in Sacramento and the world. To some, one hot cup of coffee is the same as the next, but to others, the black stuff is the final expression of a long artistic process. For the staunch coffee connoisseur, the source of the coffee bean is as important as the way the end product is brewed. The following five establishments take coffee very seriously, and provide a unique and exquisite product.

Temple Coffee

Temple Coffee
1010 9th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-4960

For Temple Coffee, as for the discerning coffee drinker, the source and journey of the coffee bean is paramount. In order to maintain its own high standards, Temple "makes partners and friends throughout the supply chain." The result is a high-quality sustainable product Temple calls "Farm to Cup." As a result of these efforts, the coffee served at Temple is unparalleled. It has been voted Best Coffee House every year since it opened in 2005. Temple even offers rare coffees in a French press for the true aficionado.


Naked Lounge
1111 H St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-1927

Naked Coffee, with locations in Midtown and Downtown, offers an artisan cup of coffee. Buy its premium roast beans on site and enjoy fresh brewed coffee while you wait. Or lounge in one of its locations and enjoy the coffee as it is meant to be enjoyed, slowly and with small sips.


The Alley
1716 L St. (rear alley)
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 443-7685

One of Old Soul's four locations, The Alley is its first retail cafe as well as the center of roasting operations. Follow the alluring scent of coffee inside and stay for the ambiance of brick and wood. Dedicated to creating only the finest bread and coffee, Old Soul serves only the highest quality bean brewed with precision and care.

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The Pipeline Coffee House
7451 Foothills Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95747
(916) 782-4746

Originally an It's a Grind chain location, the owner of Pipeline Coffee recently broke away and became an independent owner/operator. He is still dedicated to offering a high-quality, tasty cup of coffee. He has two locations in Roseville. Stop in and see what has changed.


Insight Coffee
1901 8th St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 642-9555

In an effort to create the best possible cup of coffee, Insight's strategy is simple: "fully roast each particular coffee and allow individual development of every batch." Insight believes that developing a relationship with producers is a key element to offering the best possible cup of coffee. Open daily at 7 a.m. and serving Doughbot donuts, Insight coffee won't just serve you a great cup of coffee, it will also teach you just about anything you want to know about coffee.

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Laurel Hanson is a freelance writer uncovering Sacramento's healthy food secrets in local restaurants, locavore havens, and even local foraging. Her work can be found on

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