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“average at best” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Joe Momma's Coffee

Joe Momma's Coffee
310 Front Street, Avila Beach, CA
8056271500
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Ranked #6 of 24 Restaurants in Avila Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast
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Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast
Huntington Beach, California
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“average at best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

place was busy and lots of locals seem to like to hang out here and look rad - I was disappointed, seemed a bit pricey for a small coffee - it was like $3 for a small. For real?

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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English first
Salinas, California
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Enjoyable local coffee spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We enjoyed our latte with very good paste rues and a view of the bay. Careful detail to the coffees and warming the pastries moves it up the bar

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cahotelguy, Owner at Joe Momma's Coffee, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Thank you for nice review ..
We really appreciate it ! .Had alot nice folks from your area stop in this summer and fall ..Thank you for taking the time to drive off highway and see our little community .There use be great coffee bar in Salinas , have to stop next time there .. loved Steinbeck museum ,see you soon.
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San Luis Obispo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Dicey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I've had pleasant experiences with this coffee shop, but you never know. The baristas are excellent and always friendly, but the owner (?) casts a scary gloom if you're around regularly. They seem to have a love-hate relationship with their customers (can't live with us, can't live without us). For example, they generally close their bathrooms in the summer, even for their own customers. (Hula Hut, by contrast, leaves it open and is generous about who uses it. I have left my coffee to run down to use the bathroom in Hula Hut, then run back to finish it.) There also seem to be some unwritten rules, so you might witness an awkward moment when someone (maybe you?) breaks one of them. But it's hard to say what they are since they're unwritten. I would encourage this place to post their expectations - e.g., 1 hour limit for tables (or whatever their ideal is for using the space), be honest that there are no restrooms provided (and why - don't lie and say they're broken). Otherwise, it feels like these are arbitrary punishments, and past infractions of other customers get stored up and vented on whoever is nearby. But if you don't come often (or take your coffee to go - recommended) you probably won't notice these kinds of tensions.

On the brighter side, all the pastries I've had are excellent (though pricey), the coffee is great, and - as I mentioned - the people who worked behind the counter are friendly professionals.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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cahotelguy, Owner at Joe Momma's Coffee, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Dear Eleanor,
Thank you for your review and taking time to write ..
First ,we didnt close bathroom this summer that was nearly two years ago.(Nor the other 6 years we been open) What did occured was a group homeless folks were taking baths in bathroom daily and scarying hell out of regular guests ,,two college girls had been drinking all day threwup over walls on 4th july and we all agreed that was enough ,especially after the week before when we celebrated Beer fest by cleaning feces off the walls .Cute guys ..
So we closed bathroom all summer and will again if that occurs again .Fortunately Beer fest moved to SLO and 4th july wasnt weekend this summer .Unfortunately we are at end of the block and closest restroom to South end beach ,even tho we have excellent public bathrooms in town ,on summer days we have hundreds of "bathroom only " customers .,we like to make coffee not be bathroom attendants .
If you looking for summer job I'll buy you gloves and rubber waders and hire you for the summer ..really this is serious job offer , all summer you can be the bathroom attendant .You will LOVE IT!
On rules we have only ONE RULE ..
Be nice or go away ..
1.A reread rule number 1 or you will be asked you to go away .
Thats it one rule ..

Joe Mommas is a wonderful hobby business ,we do it because we love coffee ,if we wanted to make money we would be somewhere else ..
Still Business is amazing and grows every year so there is alot folks like what we do , never been better .I hope that explains the RULE .
best wishes ..
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“The best coffee ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

What can I say hands down best coffee shop I ever been in.great pastries awesome barista's plus Lori works there miss Lori ! I love that area of Cali must go for coffee lovers!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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cahotelguy, Owner at Joe Momma's Coffee, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Thank you !
Lori is best ever! And jason ,Austin,Luke ,Bonnie ,David ,and the cute guy ...We have great staff ,
thanks for noticing!
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San Francisco, California
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“Intelligentsia coffee done really well”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

It was by chance we chose to stay in avila beach & by chance we found joe mommas...& we're so glad we found it.

Perfectly crafted lattes & cappuccinos in a relaxed sun drenched location facing the beach!

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cahotelguy, Owner at Joe Momma's Coffee, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Looks like you do alot reviews !
Thanks for good one! We looked at alot roasters before we selected Intell 7 years ago! We were one first on West Coast serving their coffee .We had it shipped from Chicago weekly ,since they werent roasting on West Coast than ..Again thank you for noticing , our owner Joe Momma ,our friend and manager David and our wonderful staff , all are really passionate about serving great coffee! Please stop again ..
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