“As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion. Ideas begin to move… similes arise, the paper is covered. Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle.” – Honoré de Balzac
It’s been a minute since we’ve caught up over coffee. Needless to say, I’m still hooked on caffeine, and my latest crush making me wax poetic is a coffee roaster/café that’s tucked away in the corner of an unassuming plaza in Cerritos, California. I’m talking about Solid Coffee Roasters.
When their brick-and-mortar opened not too long ago, I was thrilled to have a (yes, pun absolutely intended) solid choice for coffee within close proximity of my work. When I choose to have a second cup of coffee after my initial home-brew, I’ll usually try to get by with a house coffee from Starbucks to save money during the week; but when I really need a midday pick-me-up, Solid is my go-to café in Cerritos for a soul-quenching cup of expertly roasted coffee.
From the caffeinated menu, I’ve tried their cold brews, pour-over coffees, and freshly brewed teas. The latter two are both served in a separate glass carafe or tea kettle with a small glass for you to fill and re-fill throughout your stay (the refills will seem endless), and for tea, the baristas offer to replenish your kettle with a full pot of hot water to re-brew your tea leaves. I’ve also frequently purchased their in-house-roasted beans, which are perfect as gifts or for the home.
“I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake.” – Lewis Black
They’ve got the essentials: reliable Wi-Fi, a few electrical outlets, pastries and savory bites to eat, and a decent amount of seating. The small space does fill up pretty quickly on weeknights and weekends though, packed mostly with students and freelancing nomads like myself, as well as the occasional group of friends catching up over coffee. It’s usually fairly quiet, besides the soft background music. (P.S. It gets and stays cold in there, so bring a jacket.)
Besides the palatable beverages & food and refreshing aesthetics, what keeps me coming back to Solid Coffee is the crew behind the counter. They seem like a genuinely friendly and humble group of people, who are knowledgeable about what they serve without having an air of pretentiousness that’s often the case with some professional baristas/roasters (a huge turn-off, might I add). They’re the type of people who remember your name if you’re a regular, and offer free pastries on the house when they make the rare mistake of forgetting to make your drink (it happens to the best of us, haha). So if you’re in the area jonesing for a mood-boosting cup of brew, make your way to Solid Coffee Roasters. You won’t be disappointed.
“Coffee is a language in itself.” – Jackie Chan
// ruth kim