Vote for Your Favorite Coffee Shop Owner in Costa Mesa

Written By: Kristin Kellams Coffee Shop in Costa Mesa


Sonny Nguyen, Quang Nguyen, Ha Nguyen and Vinh Nguyen, 7 LEAves Cafe

7 LEAves Cafe is a family-owned cafe run by the four Nguyen brothers Sonny, Quang, Ha, Vinh and other family members Mai Ly, Denny Ly, Triet Ho and Viet Do. Each member of the team contributes their particular skills to the business, which crafts drinks to nurture both the mind and body. Inspired by the recipes and traditions they have collected through their travels, the owners of 7 LEAves bring the art of tea and coffee brewing to the community.


Ryan Shuck, Gypsy Den

Owner Ryan Shuck considers Gypsy Den to be Orange County’s first “alternative” cafe. As a former musician, Shuck’s love of music provided inspiration for his restaurant. The musical influence can be seen through the bohemian atmosphere and the performances of local musicians.


Angel Orozco, Cafecito Organico

Owner Angel Orozco and his business partner Mitch Hale have worked tirelessly to make their coffee dream a reality. After a humble beginning of roasting coffee beans in a garage and selling drinks from tents in farmers markets, Orozco was able to open permanent locations throughout Southern California. As the owner of a quaint coffee shop with humanitarian values, Orozco takes care to ensure that their coffee comes from fairly treated growers.


Eddy Kye, Milk and Honey

Eddy Kye is now the proud owner of two Milk and Honey locations, one in Costa Mesa and one in Huntington Beach. A coffee house with with a little bit of everything, Milk and Honey serves everything from coffees, teas, smoothies, acai bowls and several brunch options. With such a diverse menu, every customer is bound to find a treat to their liking.


Sumter & Chi-Lin Pendergrast, Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

Sumter and Chi-Lin Pendergrast founded Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee in 2012 with a vision of creating a beautiful, new type of gathering place for their beloved community. Both from creative backgrounds (he a former clothing designer and artist; she previously a professional photographer), the husband and wife team brings an artistic flare to the culinary venture—from the creativity and passion poured into not only their distinctive doughnuts, but also into every detail of their brick and mortar stores.


Barbara and Maurizio Cocchi, Vitaly Caffe

Barbara and Maurizio moved from Italy, where they were born and spent half of their lives, in 2011 with Vitaly in mind. In 2013 Vitaly opened, after having studied and fine tuned the project. Both of them came from 20 years of experience as owners and designers. Everything is homemade as they do in Italy with the freshest ingredients.


Jeff Duggan, Portola Coffee Roasters

Jeff’s passion for coffee began 15 years ago when he took great interest in the process behind coffee roasting. As an avid coffee drinker, not knowing what lays “under the hood” got the best of him so he took on the hobby of home coffee roasting.  From here he began to learning the origins of coffee from the farm level, all the way through the roasting process and finally to his cup, paying attention the science behind brewing.  Unlike other hobbies he participated in over his life, coffee roasting was one that he never let go.

Martin and Karen Diedrich, Kean Coffee

The Diedrich family is the “first family of coffee” in Orange County, with a long and rich history as artisan coffee roasters, farmers, roaster builders and founders of OC’s original coffeehouse chain Diedrich Coffee, so it was no surprise that when Martin and Karen Diedrich opened Kean Coffee in 2005, there was a crowd of longtime fans waiting outside the doors. The two Kean coffeehouse locations in Newport Beach and Tustin, which both roast a seasonal rotation of single origin coffees onsite, remain local favorites as does their bustling wholesale roastery in Costa Mesa.


Rachel Klemek, Blackmarket Bakery

Rachel is a southerner, transplanted to SoCal. Her favorite meal is breakfast, and she loves black coffee, flaky croissants and seeing her employees succeed and her customers eat.


Bryant Trinh, Bad Coffee

Bryant has grown up in Orange County his entire life. Coffee was the foundation for all of his most important friendships and relationships, so to be able to foster that same possibility with Bad Coffee has been a dream.  


Ally Garvin, Neat Coffee

With a dream of creating a community space, an experience at a Ugandan coffee farm and an incredibly supportive husband, Ally opened Neat Coffee in the lobby of a co-working space in Costa Mesa. Neat serves top notch coffee that boasts of its land of origin while also offering creative and unique seasonal drinks making the shop feel approachable and fun. Ally plans on opening her own brick and mortar location near her home in Westside Costa Mesa, but has already been blown away by the community that has rallied around this tiny shop.  


Scott and Shannon Cross, Coffee Nature

When Scott Cross and his wife, Shannon, met in a coffee shop many years ago, they never imagined they would eventually own one themselves! In addition to Coffee Nature, they have their hands full raising two young boys and running a successful contracting business, SC Homes. Even so, you can find them at the shop most mornings talking with customers, investing in their staff and enjoying a pour over or rose latte.


Kim Jorgenson, Plums Café & Catering

Plums Café & Catering, a local Orange County favorite for over 25 years, serves breakfast, lunch and caters. Its Pacific Northwest inspired cuisine is presented to you by Native Oregonian and owner Kim Jorgenson.


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