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5 Great Coffeehouses in Sonoma County

Baristas get three months of training before they make their first cup for a paying customer at Taylor Maid Farms at the Barlow in Sebastopol.

Our boutique Sonoma County coffee purveyors hand-roast artisanal beans, grind them to order, and serve them in all styles, from Americana to Vienna. As we all know, a steaming hot cup of java is as critical to a happy morning, for many people, as oxygen.

Lift a mug to these standout sips:

The Parish Café, Healdsburg

Chef Rob Lippincott is a Louisiana transplant, so he knows a thing or two about honest, New Orleans-style coffee. But he also respects Wine County taste buds and coffee fans who want their brews locally roasted. The best of both worlds come together in this small, yellow, 1860s-era cottage that’s so packed each morning that crowds spill out to the front porch and onto a street-front patio.

For Southern sippers, there is the Café Au Lait-French Market Coffee & Chicory, swirled with hot milk. Chicory is the root of the endive plant (who knew!). Being roasted and ground softens the bitter edge of the dark roasted coffee with subtle chocolate notes. Paired with puffy light beignets, rolled out by hand before being quick fried and smothered in powdered sugar, it’s a bit of heaven.

More traditional coffee lovers can cozy up with Santa Rosa's own Bella Rosa Coffee fresh brewed.

Savor it with a rich, Sonoma County-style spin on eggs Benedict, bringing buttery poached eggs, generous amounts of sweet lump blue crab meat, silky house-made hollandaise, and a scattering of shallots, or a crawfish-andouille omelet sprinkled in Creole sauce and Honkey Donkey hot sauce.
The Parish Café, 60-A Mill St., Healdsburg, 707-431-8474

SoCo Coffee, Santa Rosa

Cats, pandas, owls — whatever you’d like drawn in your cappuccino foam — the barista artists here can do it. Besides adorable, the coffees are delicious, and can be prepared hot or iced, with fat free, low fat, whole milk, soy, or skim milk. We love the SoCoccino blended with mocha, and a morning bite of a scrambled egg, ham, and cheese croissant. 
SoCo Coffee, 1015 4th St., Santa Rosa, 707-527-6434

Taylor Lane Organic Coffee, Sebastopol

Pea-berry coffee, anyone? And you know it will be perfect, since baristas here get three months of training before they make their first cup for a paying customer. Call it a labor of love — in 1991, owners Chris and Terri Martin bought 100 acres on Taylor Lane in Occidental, to raise their family and explore entrepreneurial farming opportunities.

In 1993, Chris started roasting organic coffee in an old barn on the property, and the dream of organic brews was realized. The flashy new two-story coffee shop and roastery in The Barlow is a stylish neighborhood hot spot, for catching up with friends over a scone-of-the-day and exotic single-origin coffees like Organic Sidamo SRFCF from Ethiopia and Organic Aceh from Sumatra.

Taylor Lane Organic Coffee, 6790 McKinley St., Suite 130, Sebastopol, 707-634-7129

Bella Rosa Coffee Company, Santa Rosa

For something a bit different and delicious, try the lavender white chocolate latte, and mix in your choice of sugar like coconut or organic raw, plus all extra organic dairy should you wish.

The signature profile is smoooooth, like the Morning Star, the French roast, Four Seasons and the Roaster's Reserve. To round it all out, add in a pastry or sandwich, like the chicken and havarti slathered in buffalo Sriracha aioli.
Bella Rosa Coffee Company, 5491 Skylane Boulevard, Suite 140, 707-542-6220

Flying Goat Coffee, Healdsburg and Santa Rosa

Costa Rica. Santa Lucia. Espresso No. 9, Mrs. Garland's Blend, The Organic Optimist Blend. At this chic hometown hero destination, the coffees are globally sourced, uniquely named and distinctively flavored, even when they’re wimpy decaf (like the robust Opening Night Decaf Blend).

The stuff is so good, Flying Goat was chosen as 2013 winner in the Good Food Awards coffee category, out of 200 entries from the best roasters around the country. Too, it was designated as a Gold Seal winner, a special distinction for winners that go beyond the Good Food Awards sustainability guidelines.
Flying Goat Coffee, three locations: 324 Center St., Healdsburg, 707-433-9081; to-go only, 419 Center St., 707-433-8003; and 10 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, 707-575-1202

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