More options for off-campus coffee stops to get your caffeine fix

February 14, 2017

Sandy Fales

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The Perk Downtown

Location: 14 S Tejon St.

Hours: Monday–Thursday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

     The Perk Downtown Coffee and Tea House offers café goers a blended atmosphere of local art and handcrafted baked goods, sandwiches and drinks.

     The Perk hosts artwork on display in their Kreuser Gallery every few months to feature local artists in a variety of mediums.

     At $3.05, the Perk’s French Press coffee still holds a fancy feeling. Using locally roasted coffee beans and prepared fresh to order, the French Press leaves your taste buds celebrating.

     The most appealing part of the Perk Downtown is the upstairs seating area. Full of light and comfortable chairs, guests can journey up and enjoy their fares away from the crowd with a second story window view.

Urban Steam

Location: 1025 S. Sierra Madre St

Hours: Sunday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

     If you are looking for a spot that is a bit more upscale and has the food and drinks to match, you can visit Urban Steam, located off of South Sierra Madre St.

     Set away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, this spot has it all. Using locally sourced organic ingredients when available, Urban Steam has food that will make your mouth water.

     Try their self-proclaimed famous waffles arranged delicately on a plate with fresh strawberries and hand-whipped cream. At $8, the price is stout but the product is well worth it. Have James Ivy, rated in the Independent’s Best of 2016 as one of the best baristas in town, make you a handcrafted beverage with an artful design in the froth.

     From breakfast to dinner, creatively named house cocktails and even a kiddie menu, Urban Steam truly is a one-stop shop. With their unique setting and artisan offerings, you can’t go wrong.