#ElCafeDe2013: The Coffee of Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley is the heart of the technology world but it’s also got a thriving coffee scene. No matter where you at from San Jose to San Mateo and everywhere in-between, your bound to find one non-Starbucks coffee shop after another. Don’t worry there are plenty of those around too.

On my most recent visit I decided to dive into the java scene, surprise, surprise and three places stuck out.

Blvd Coffee is unassuming from the outside and is tucked away from the main road in Los Gatos, but their coffee and family atmosphere inside more than makes up for it. I had friendly conversation with many of the baristas while grabbing a Naked Coffee w/ Chocolate.

Blvd Coffee, Los Gatos, California, Naked Coffee w/ chocolate

Philz Coffee is a small coffee chain in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area. Making a stop at their Palo Alto location, right down the street from Stanford University, I got what I’ve been craving for a long time, the Mint Mojito Iced Coffee. I love coffee and I love mojitos, two great things in one! Don’t worry I did get around to drinking it after capturing several photos from their outdoor patio. It’s a great spot to read the paper, breathe in the fresh morning air and hangout with friends before the day begins.

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, Philz Coffee, Palo Alto, California

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, Philz e.Coffee, Palo Alto, California

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, Philz Coffee, Palo Alto, California

Mint Mojito Iced Coffee, Philz Coffee, Palo Alto, California

Red Rock Coffee Company is right in downtown Mountain View and in the heart of Silicon Valley. You’ll find lots of laptops and technology meetings going on, along with the local, delicious Four Barrel Coffee. I’ll take one of the Four Barrel handcrafted coffees please!

Red Rock Coffee Company, Mountain View, California, Four Barrel handcrafted coffee

A #FourBarrel Handcrafted #coffee yum. #ElCafeDe2013 #SiliconValley #travel

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It was a great time hanging out in coffee shops amongst all the technology in the valley. I look forward to diving into the scene more soon.

What coffee shops would you recommended visiting in Silicon Valley?

6 responses to “#ElCafeDe2013: The Coffee of Silicon Valley.

  1. Those look divine, and I’m particularly interested in the mint drink. Yum!

    • Love seeing great presentation in anything I eat or drink, including coffee. The mint mojito is a must when out that way, delicious!

  2. Ha, you managed to find Four Barrel outside the mission, sweet!

  3. Aaron, I love this post. What variety … and your photos are great! That mint mojito iced coffee sounds delish. Did you have a fave? ~Terri

    • Thank you! I’d say it’s a tie. 🙂 I love Four Barrel the best straight up. I looked forward to the Mint Mojito for a long time, definitely not disappointing and being my favorite specialty type coffee.

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