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Best Coffee Places Near Alder

A barista pours a latte into a cup

The apartments in Northridge are a fantastic place to live -- smack dab in the middle of of one of Los Angeles’ most diverse neighborhoods, right near Cal State Northridge -- and the residents here know they’ve found something special. When those residents need a quick pick-me-up to help them through the day, however, it’s not the diversity or proximity to fine educational institutions that sustains them -- it’s a piping hot cup of coffee served from the area’s best coffee shops.

Though it might not be readily apparent to those with only a cursory understanding of the area’s layout, Northridge is home to many fine coffee shops. There are even a few options bordering on adjacent neighborhoods that locals love to frequent. If you're looking for the lowdown on the best coffee stops around, read on, as we delve into where you should go for a quality cup of joe.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is a Southern California original, founded in 1963 when Herb Hyman begin importing coffee to the area, roasting it, and selling it too area residents. Their popularity soared in the decades that followed, leading to the popular area chain that people know today. Critical to their success is the sourcing for their delicious coffee brews:

“Our coffee master, Jay Isais, only selects the top 1% of Arabica beans from the world’s best growing regions in East Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific. We roast in small batches at our facility in Camarillo, CA, where we find the roast that best suits the beans from each origin and captures what makes each country’s coffee unique. In other words, we don’t do anything halfway.”

Also central to the “Coffee Bean” approach is the respect they pay to each and every individual roast. They employ a hand crafting method that is tailored to each of their blends, allowing for the best flavors to reach their truest potential. They’ve carefully selected their partners and trained their employees to honor their process and ensure success. It’s a fine formula -- one that helps them maintain a quality reputation and continually impress clientele.

Near Alder, you’ll likely want to hit up their location on Devonshire Street, which is highly rated and reviewed by patrons. “Better than Starbucks,” is a common compliment, and those who visit also praise the great service, cleanliness, and promptness of the staff.

Coral Tree Cafe

Turn your attention south for a moment, near Encino, and you’ll come across Coral Tree Cafe, another Southern California favorite that places an emphasis on providing healthy, sustainable options for their patrons. If you’re looking for organic, fair-trade, high-quality coffee, you’ve come to the right spot, as Coral Tree proudly proclaims:

“At Coral Tree Café all of our coffees are certified organic, shade grown and fairly traded. Coral Tree Café coffee comes from coffee beans that have been grown under a canopy of shade trees which serves as a natural sunscreen and provides a safe and natural habitat for migratory birds and other species.”

Coral Tree Cafe was founded by Brentwood residents, in part because they wanted a unique coffee and dining spot that was unlike anything else that existed before, and in part because they could feel the demand in the community for something different. In 2002, they were able to make this dream a reality, and they’ve been a mainstay in the neighborhood ever since.

You’ll want to stop by their location on Ventura Boulevard, and be sure to sample not only their coffee, but their delicious breakfast meals (or lunch/dinner, if you’re in the mood). Customers rave about the healthy options and fantastic locations, along with the superbly knowledgeable staff and swiftness of service. You’ll be well served by a visit here, with few (if any) exceptions.

Heart’s Coffee Shop

If you want that local, family-owned coffee feel, Heart’s Coffee Shop is going to be the location for you. Tucked away in Lake Balboa, this joint is rocking a 50’s-style diner decor, and has been serving customers hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals since 1977:

“At Heart’s Coffee Shop, we are proud to offer from-scratch dishes at prices that are always affordable. We use only the freshest ingredients to make sure we serve only the best for you. Customers love our fresh ground coffee, eggs and omelets, pork chops, country fried steak, liver and onions, and so much more!”

You’ll find many of the “usual” diner options here -- pancakes, french toast, fried steak -- and be amazed that they’re able to keep the prices so affordable. The buzz around Heart’s is what you’d expect from a well-respected, family-run operation, with patrons noting that it’s one of the best places in the Valley to enjoy a cup of coffee, and the service is off the charts amazing.

Oxnard Coffee Shop

Thrown off by the prospect of venturing further into Van Nuys for a cup of coffee, then Oxnard Coffee Shop might be the option for you. This “utilitarian” breakfast and lunch spot is a master of Mexican food, burgers, and, of course, delicious cups of steaming hot coffee:

“Oxnard Coffee Shop is a cornerstone in the Van Nuys community and has been recognized for its outstanding Mexican cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. Our Mexican restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients.”

Head to their location on Oxnard Street, and you’ll be treated to culinary delights in a laid-back setting. Customers remark that the food is as good as any home-cooked meal, with fair prices and an excellent staff on hand.

Finding Coffee Near The Apartments In Northridge Is Easy Enough

And just as easy as locating those fun coffee shops is enjoying your brews in the comfort of spacious living setups like those at Alder. Check out what this shining rental community has on offer, and put it at the top of your list for living done right in the Valley.