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Handlebar Coffee Roasters

128 E Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA
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Ranked #8 of 439 restaurants in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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English first
Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We went to this little cosy coffee bar in order to enjoy a good café latte. We always drink café latte in every place we visit around the world. Even though we have tried a lot of good coffee around the world we must say that this is by far the best we have ever had! Outstanding coffee taste and... More

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Bern, Switzerland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It's really hard to find good coffee in the USA, so we did a little research and found this place. Not only the coffee is superb, the pastry is excellent too and the owners are wonderful people! We could even watch how the beans are roasted within the shop and Aaron explained us every detail, very authentic and a great... More

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Bend, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

I was introduced to Handlebar by a local on a recent trip. After my first cappuccino, I knew this is one of the best coffee stops I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. Along with Backporch Coffee in Bend Oregon, it represents the closest espresso to what you get in Italy. The taste of their own roasted beans is... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Cannot rave enough as a well travelled Aussie, there are very few coffee places I enjoy in my constant travels in the US, these guys have the right equipment, and know how to use it. It's sad that Starbucks down the street is busier! No burnt beans, great balance and temperature and presentation. Stoked to support them and to have... More

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Pasadena, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The Handlebar is a small, out of the way, coffee bar you should definitely try when visiting Santa Barbara. The coffees and pastries are great and the service is very warm and friendly. They'll know you are a visitor because everyone else there is a local regular. It reminds me of a small neighborhood coffee bar in Rome or Paris.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

The owners and staff make customers feel genuinely welcomed and cared for. They roast their own beans and really take pride in the quality of the coffee and presentation. Not to mention selling Reanuad's amazing pastries!

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Great coffee and authentic French-style croissants. Coming from Melbourne, where coffee is almost a religion, we struggled to find coffee of commensurate standard during our holiday in California - so we were stoked to find good coffee in Santa Barbara!

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16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Great coffee, great owners and employees. I regularly buy their store roasted beans to brew at home, too. I would give them an excellent rating if they changed up their morning pastry selection a bit more often.

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Northern California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

A great coffeehouse right in the best area to see the main sites of the city. Nice people too. Right across the street from El Presidio.

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El Paso, Texas
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37 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

Taking a coffee break here was a great idea situated across from the presidio. They brew a great cup!

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