Break out of your run-of-the-mill coffee shell with these five unique coffee offerings from the best that downtown Santa Ana has to offer. If you’re looking for bold new flavors, quirky ingredient mixes, and off-the-menu items for your daily coffee fix, become a DTSA insider and try one of the drinks on our list.
Although HHC does have specialty drinks that they switch out from time to time, they’re known for their carefully roasted coffee beans. They offer a standard menu of beverages and as well as Kombucha and some teas. If you’re looking for something simple to get the most flavor out of your coffee, HHC recommends their cap, made from a Guatemalan/Columbian blend.
Insider’s Tip: Grab one of their pastries or homemade biscuits to go alongside your coffee – they make them fresh in house every day!
Address: 511 E Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Hours: Weekdays 6:30AM-6:00PM, Weekends 7:30AM-6:00PM
Cold Brew Lemonade
With a roastery and original coffee shop in Artesia, Solid Coffee has expanded to a small-but-mighty, slightly hidden coffee stand located in McFadden Public Market. Their menu is short but sweet, housing your typical coffee beverages, as well as some unique flavors. Their signature drink is something off the menu: Cold Brew Lemonade. Their refreshing cold brew is infused with a sweet house-made lemonade syrup that helps highlight the chocolate notes of the coffee. This is a good one to order if you’re looking for something strong, sweet, and a little tangy.
Insider’s Tip: If you’re looking for something warm, try their Dark Chocolate Mocha ($5). A standard double shot latte mixed with rich chocolate ganache that is made in house makes this the perfect grown-up, caffeinated hot chocolate.
Address: McFadden Public Market: 515 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Hours: Weekdays 7:30AM-6:30PM, Saturday 10:00AM-6:30PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:30PM
MAZ Café Con Leche
MAZ’s signature drink is, of course, the Maz. It’s short for mazapán, the delicious peanut candy they blend into their latte. Sweetened with a little bit of hazelnut and chocolate syrups, this latte has a well-balanced blend of nutty and chocolatey flavors. You’ll even get bits of mazapán as you drink for a sweet surprise.
Insider’s Tip: This is the only coffee shop in DTSA dedicated to Latin-American-inspired drinks like mazapán, Abuelita, and horchata lattes and frappes.
Address: 610 N Lacy St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Hours: 8:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday CLOSED
Rose Cardamom Latté
Portola roasts their own beans and has a well-rounded selection of drinks for both the serious coffee drinker and those who like specialty drinks. Their signature drink is the Rose Cardamom Latté. It’s a sweet, double-shot latté crafted with house-made syrups that highlight strong floral flavors. They top off the latté with some dried rosebud petals.
Insider’s Tip: Portola has collaborated with Mr. Holmes Bakehouse to offers baked goods throughout the day.
Address: 4th St. Market: 201 E 4th St #103, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Hours: Mon - Wed 7:00AM-7:00PM, Thurs - Sat 7:00AM-10:00PM, Sun 8:00AM-9:00PM
Hopper & Burr
Crafted by combining sparkling water and a homemade syrup, Hopper & Burr’s tonic water has bitter characteristics with hints of botanicals and a mixture of citruses. The espresso shot is poured over the tonic water which creates this cool effect look shown in the picture. Stir with caution as the tonic water causes the espresso to foam up!
Insider’s Tip: This drink is part of their ‘secret menu’ and is here to stay! Hopper & Burr does have other neat specialty drinks (4) that change every month. One typically showcases their homemade almond milk which they are also known for.
Address: 202 W 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701