Local Favorite - Lulu Carpenter's
Lulu Carpenter's is a local artisan coffee roaster. They source from around the world and prefer organic whenever possible. Lulu's operates several coffee houses, though my favorite is The Octagon on Cooper St. It's a quirky spot - the building was originally built in 1882 to serve as Santa Cruz County's Hall of Records, then in the mid 20th century, it became a museum and shop. It was finally transformed into Lulu's in 2007. Lulu's coffee is excellent and they offer a variety of blends. For those of us who prefer dairy free, there are several options including almond milk. Lulu's also has an extensive tea list. I love to get a pot of tea to warm up on a chili day - my favorite is Cinnamon Black.