The food business is tough, and running an independent coffee shop is one of the hardest. You have to sell a lot of lattes and iced coffees to make rent and payroll, let alone a profit. And while we do frequent Sbucks, Coffee Bean and Peet’s, there’s something special about supporting the mom-and-pop coffee shops, helping our communities feel a little less cookie cutter.
We were saddened by the closing of our favorites The Coffee House and Bakers in recent years/months—places where the staff asked about you and not just the name for the cup. For a while, there was nowhere to nibble on fresh baked treats or a place to bring the laptop to work away from the office.
Honu Coffee is now open in Newhall’s yellow Victorian buildings block, taking over the space from Kokolita’s Cupcakes second location. The same space was also previously home to The Poached Pair and before that, the popular, long-lasting Java’n’Jazz coffee shop.
We stumbled upon Honu by accident, looking to buy cupcakes from Kokolita’s. While Honu’s owners sell Kokolita’s cupcakes and empanadas, the focus is definitely on the coffee. The owners have a special Honu House Blend that’s exclusive to their shop, and the beans are roasted by Martin Diedrich’s Kean Artisan Roasters in Costa Mesa. Honu’s also working to sell larger batches of their cold brew coffee.
We had a cappuccino on our first visit, and we’ll be back for another. But next time, we’ll bring our laptop, and sip away in Honu’s loft, doing our best to support the SCV’s latest coffee shop.
22722 Lyons Ave.
Santa Clarita (Newhall), Calif.
Monday-Thursday, 6 am to 5 pm
Friday: 6 am to 11 pm
Saturday: 7 am to 11 pm