Posted Sep 04, 2019 | By Brittney Hendricks
Not a morning person? We get it. Our typical wake-up and go routine is incomplete without a stop at a local coffee shop, too.
Although we love our regular orders from Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Allegro Coffee Company, there’s something special about visiting independent local coffee shops. So, when thumbing “best coffee oxnard,” into your smart phone’s Google app, we hope you’ll pull up a chair at the coffee bar and check out some of Ventura County’s best local coffee roasted right here in Oxnard.
Strut down Oxnard Boulevard toward Downtown Oxnard's 4th Street Dolce Vita. Here, you'll find 100% natural Italian gelato that is gluten free, free of growth hormones and contains less fat than ice cream! You'll also find single origin Intelligentsia coffee and a small sandwich (egg & ham; turkey sub) menu. When you have guests posting about their experience, "Best coffee in Oxnard," and "Best gelato everrr!" you know you're in for a treat.
Enter a cozy vintage craftsman-style farmhouse in the heart of Downtown Oxnard's Heritage Square, where you can snuggle up with a book in front of a fireplace and order some incredibly unique lattes or a straight-up cup of joe. Our top three picks from Heritage Coffee & Gifts include: the horchata latte, the vanilla-lavender latte and the turmeric latte, all of which can be ordered hot or over ice.
One of Oxnard's officially recognized green businesses, Honey Cup Coffee and Kitchen donates 5% of every honey cup latte (their signature drink) back to the Oxnard K9 Foundation. In addition to a full menu of great coffee and tea drinks, try a phenomenal breakfast and lunch menu. Ever heard of a waffle bowl? How about a Canadian waffle, where the kitchen masterfully bakes egg and bacon into a whole waffle? Their avocado tomato toast even comes with its own *warning addictive* indication. In other words, we warned you.
Step into a tropical paradise at Mrs. Olson's Coffee Hut, one of the best breakfast restaurants in Ventura County. You'll find dishes like chilaquiles, the surfer's burrito, rainbow trout and eggs and more. Dine on their sand-covered patio for marina-front views of the beautiful Channel Islands Harbor. While outside, pull a colorful lifeguard chair up to their window to enjoy an insanely delicious, no-nonsense cup of black coffee from Farmer Brothers, grown and manufactured right here in Oxnard.
New to Oxnard's coffee scene, pedal up to this surfside sandwich counter and espresso bar for a simple, yet delicious local menu. Try their local drip, the "Santa Rosa," named for the Channel Island. Or, enjoy the "Zip Zinger," their cold brew. Or enjoy, a variety of iced tea flavors, kombucha or hot cocoa to be paired with any of Squidly's Coffee, Sandwiches & Acai Bowls sandwiches, acai bowls or even avocado toast.
Ragamuffin Oxnard embodies third wave coffee culture as one of only two company locations. Therefore, kick into high gear with the crisp Nitro cold brew on-tap from Ragamuffin Coffee Roasters – they've got java down to a science. Each cup is carefully crafted with a precise coffee-to-water ratio. Pressurized with nitrogen, each pour bubbles with a foamy finish leading to faster caffeine absorption. Above all, get your cup to-go in one of their hydroflasks to cut down on disposable cups.
In Oxnard on business? Firstly, head over to Oxnard's Financial Plaza, where you'll find Rou-Meli Café. Named after the secluded Greek island village of Agia Roumeli, the café is passionate about serving fresh, locally sourced breakfast and lunch dishes to Oxnard. Secondly, Rou-Meli knows it wouldn't be breakfast without coffee. Therefore, the café's expert baristas meticulously craft rich coffee and espresso drinks with 100% organic beans by Green Star Coffee. As a result, you'll see the tagline "Get your fix" emblazoned on their coffee cups and merch. In conclusion, eat breakfast plus drink coffee equals success! Go get 'em, tigers.
Like a shop you'd find in the heart of San Francisco, inside Downtown Oxnard's historic Woolworth Building, Xielo Artisan Desserts is a family-owned reposteria boasting a menu that includes traditional Mexican hot chocolate and thick Spanish-style hot chocolate, all made with craft cacao from Oaxaca. If you love La Colombe, you'll love Xielo's coffee: Xielo features a Mexican coffee from the state of Veracruz made from imported blends of coffee beans cultivated in Mexico's fertile southeast region. Moreover, the team at Xielo makes its savory beverages daily from family recipes and are the perfect complement to their delicious treats.
Southern California native Brittney Hendricks is a travel writer and marketing professional who lives locally with her husband, son and dog. A retired pro dancer and dance instructor, she enjoys staying active by jogging and bicycling the promenades of Oxnard’s beaches.send email