The Orange County based-coffee company specializes in commercial roasting as well as beans and equipment for serious home coffee connoisseurs. It currently has two coffee bars in Orange and Anaheim Hills that offer tastings as well as cupping classes. While the classes sound cool, we just hope the coffee is good. (If you’ve had it, let us know…)
The Bodhi Leaf’s SCV location is located the shopping center anchored by Schooners and Edible Arrangements on Soledad Canyon in Saugus. We’ll update this post once it opens.
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.
Honu Coffee 22722 Lyons Ave. Santa Clarita (Newhall), Calif. 661.607.3863
Monday-Thursday, 6 am to 5 pm Friday: 6 am to 11 pm Saturday: 7 am to 11 pm
I’m a huge fan of Christina David’s Coffee House on Lyons Ave. in Newhall. (In fact, I’m writing this post from there right now.) It has the best coffee from Alessandro Cafe, a local roaster that works out of Valencia’s industrial center.
Plus, they make their scones daily—raspberry white chocolate ones are always available and there’s usually a second flavor that the staff picks to make on the morning.
Up until now, I had to figure out where to go for a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning. I would bounce between Corner Bakery, Peet’s or Coffee Bean. But now, I have a home away from home to write without distraction on Sundays.
Unless you count the great coffee as a distraction.
Check it out and support our local businesses. The Coffee House is open on Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm.
The Coffee House 23414 Lyons Avenue, Newhall 661.200.3287