Signature drinks and roasts: Streetlevel espresso, Panama Elida Green-Tip Gesha
Roasting out of an old wetsuit factory that shares its space with a skateboard company and a rock climbing gym, Verve has every right to be the coffee equivalent of the X Games, focusing more on the thrill of the ride than the finished product. That it's not is testament to the passion of co-owners Colby Barr and Ryan O’Donovan, who traveled everywhere from Costa Rica to Ethiopia sourcing the roasts, which they refine at their neighboring Seabright “laboratory” coffee shop.
“Verve Coffee Roasters is always roasting great coffee. It provided inspiration for our nitro cold brew coffee.” -- Hamid Rafati
“I’ll take some flak for picking a place all the way down in Santa Cruz as the top spot, but no one deserves it more.” -- Tom Baker
“Consistently amazing coffees across the board, and what is by far the most beautiful coffee shop in the entire Bay.” -- Dustin Craun