SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbarans now have a new midtown spot to get their morning or midday cup of joe.
The owners of the Handlebar Coffee Roasters opened their newly renovated location Monday morning at 2720 De La Vina Street.
"It's great!" Mackenzie Watkins said. "Super welcoming, everybody who works here is super sweet and helpful."
It took more than one year for the 4,000 square foot building, once home to the Sleep Shoppe, to undergo an extensive renovation.
The business website, handblebarcoffee.com, describes how the owners are former professional cyclists who discovered Santa Barbara while racing in the Amgen tour years ago. The couple, with roots in Oregon, boasts having some of the best coffees in the world. Labels include Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and a seasonal espresso blend labeled "Gibraltar."
The owners say they roast their coffee beans twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.
Watkins, who was sipping a matcha tea, pointed out one major difference that sets Handlebar Coffee Roasters apart from other coffee businesses, including Starbucks and Peets.
"It's not corporate," Watkins said. "It's Santa Barbara and it's homey."
The original location at 128 E. Canon Perdido and the De La Vina spot are open every day from 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.