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Dear coffee shops of Southern California,

THANK YOU for opening so many new doors that are aesthetically at a ten this year, you are making my heart very happy.

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Hi friends! I had the chance to finally check out a coffee shop that has been open for a bit but I have been wanting to visit in forever! Located in downtown Whittier, this general store (which sells the cutest things I might add) + coffee combo is seriously the best! They serve Stumptown coffee and have baked goods from Donut Snob and Sugarbloom Bakery. All under one roof?! Yes, almost too good to be true.

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So, not only do they have all these items, but they have this amazing thing called a “Snob Latte”… and yes, it’s the perfect combo! A beverage of your choice and the perfect mini donut snob donut on top. I got the iced matcha latte with a matcha donut on top. Because there’s no such thing as TOO much matcha amirite? 😉

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The coffee shop is totally any plant lover’s dream, as there is an amazing hanging plant wall in the front to greet you, as well as a huge hanging succulent wall inside. My inner plant lady was oh so very happy.

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Of course, we had to add some savory to the menu. These pastries were the kimchi spam musubi and the ham and cheese with the cutest little pickle pinned on the top! Look closely and you’ll be able to see it. It was SO good.

Til next time…

Xoxo,

-Lena

communal coffee

Hello friends,

It seems as though some of my best weekends this summer were spent in San Diego. I’m so glad I have finally been able to spend a decent amount of time there as it really has been a while since I was last able to. Well, I thought summer was ending but thankfully the sun decided that is not the case. Oh no, I definitely felt its rays this weekend!

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After many months of wanting to visit Communal Coffee in San Diego, I was finally able to. If this does not ring a bell, let me just say you might easily identify it by that “Coffee & Flowers” sign in large bold font plastered along the wall outside. Yes, the perfect photo opp.

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And yes, I may have sprinted to it as soon as the couple enjoying their coffee date stood up from sitting directly in front of it. But hey, I wasn’t about to come all the way here JUST for some iced chai 😉 Although that iced chai was pretty darn good. They actually also had coffee flights which were such an amazing concept! Genius, really.

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Every single corner screamed CUTE! I seriously get major home inspo from places like this, and Communal Coffee did not disappoint. A combination of flowers and plants and coffee… I really have no complaints there. There was a gift and flower shop indoors that shared the space with the coffee house, and a plant shop in the backyard.

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I seriously have a love for coffee shops and discovering new ones. I really am going to have to think of a good name for this hobby of mine soon. Coffee-shop-exploring just doesn’t cut it.

Finally, I was left with some wise words escorting me to my car:

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I appreciate that, Communal. And yes we are on a first name basis.

Until next time…

Xoxo,

Lena