Life on the Cheap: 16oz. of Heaven
A cuppa of java for not a whole lotta.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Daily coffee costs add up quickly for the java drinker wanting to save some dough. Here are some places to find 16 ounces of the good stuff for under two bucks.
East Village Coffee Lounge
498 Washington St., Monterey | 373-5601 | $1.75/16oz. (medium)
In East Village (the New York hipster place) tradition, this coffee lounge is a place for the beatnik in everyone. Locally roasted beans made especially for the café by Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Co. result in a great cup. Ten punches on a frequenter card gets a free drink, and bringing your own mug any day gets two punches. Monday is double-punch day, as well.
615 Lighthouse Ave., New Monterey | 277-5655 | $1.75/16oz. (medium)
Miriam won’t comment on her choice of beans, saying they are made by “magic,” but whatever drips from her vintage, paisley coffee dispenser is fresh, local goodness. Every month, new art from local artists adorns the funky green walls of her narrow café.
Rollick’s Specialty Coffee & Internet
210 Main St., Salinas | 422-1760 | $1.70/16oz. (medium)
A sweet cup in Oldtown Salinas can be had at Rollick’s. Most of their drip black packs a nice robustness. Become a member; get a card and a drink is free after buying 10. The place also is packed into a hip downtown location.
Coffee Mia Brew Bar
250 Reservation Rd., Suite E, Marina | 384-0148 | $1.95/16oz. fresh drip; $1.50/16oz. fast brew – only one pot per morning until it’s gone
Coffee Mia has some good things going for its cup o’ joe: 10 percent student discounts and 10 cents off for bringing your own cup. A completed 10-punch card automatically is entered into a raffle to win a free meal for two at the café. A fresh cup from the brew bar makes for a nice taste, especially the dark roast, “Heart of Darkness,” a blend from the joint’s bean supplier, Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co.