The Best Coffee In Fresno, California

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Josh Wright

The so-called ‘third wave‘ of coffee has come to Fresno. In much the same way that the craft beer boom brought attention to the nuances in flavor of that brew, Americans now understand that not every cup of coffee is the same, and sometimes Starbucks just doesn’t cut it. Join The Culture Trip as we guide you through Fresno’s top artisan coffee spots.

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Café Van Ness

Café Van Ness has a charming location within Gazebo Gardens, so there’s always plenty of greenery to look at if you can get yourself a window seat or a place on the patio. Make sure to grab one of their specialty drinks, each one named after one of Fresno’s streets: the Simpson is a blend of Aztec chocolate and blood orange, while the Michigan has white chocolate and Irish cream. They also serve fresh sandwiches and salads plus pastries, muffins, fritters, and doughnuts for those with a sweet tooth.

Cornerstone Coffee Company

The Cornerstone Coffee Company is a unique venture in Fresno, funneling all of its profits into the faith-based Light-House Recovery Program, which aims to rehabilitate women who have struggled with substance abuse and the cafe is staffed mostly by those enrolled on the program. Their Sicilian blend coffee comes from Modesto roasters Milone Bros, and their pastries from Firehouse in nearby Clovis. The spacious shop floor, plush leather sofas, and floor-to-ceiling windows make Cornerstone an enjoyable spot for a latte.

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