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Five buzzy new coffee shops around the Sacramento region

Five buzzy new coffee shops around the Sacramento region

Image courtesy of Foxwood Coffee & Tea

Need a little pick-me-up? Several new coffee shops are hitting the local scene, from midtown to Shingle Springs, offering everything from artisan lattes to live music. We’re spilling the beans on five new locations to get your caffeine fix.

The Fig Tree Coffee, Art & Music Lounge

This community-focused coffee shop, which will open in May along historic downtown Roseville’s burgeoning Vernon Street, will serve up live music, local art and Naked Coffee brews. Roseville pastor Joshua Lickter founded The Fig Tree in the hopes of establishing the coffee shop as a community gathering place. In addition to coffee, The Fig Tree will offer simple bites like bagels and pastries, perhaps eventually offering items from nearby restaurants like Monk’s Cellar. Plans for the spacious interior include a cozy vibe with plentiful comfy couches and tables fashioned from a redwood tree that recently fell in Roseville after being struck by lightning. The basement space will also be converted into an art gallery where Lickter plans to showcase local artists’ work. 222 Vernon St. Roseville. 530-559-1864. figtreecoffee.com

Foxwood Coffee & Tea

This Shingle Springs coffee shop, which opened in November, is a cozy mountain retreat with a rustic English garden-inspired interior, complete with leafy vines crawling up the walls and oak community tables made from wood collected within 15 miles of the shop. Foxwood makes its coffee drinks from Rocklin-based Mast Coffee and its menu also features specialties like the iced “toddy,” which sits overnight in a brew of strong coffee, cinnamon and raw sugar before being poured over ice. You’ll also find light breakfast and lunch items like the California bagel with basil pesto. For Foxwood’s owners Ross Helart and Michelle Cooper, the coffee shop is about connecting with the community, frequently partnering with local high schools to host fundraisers or donating used grounds for composting. 4068 Motherlode Dr. Shingle Springs. 530-387-7445. foxwoodcoffee.com

Identity Coffees

Slated for a soft opening the second week of March, Identity Coffees in midtown is the latest venture from Sacramento coffee scene vet Lucky Rodrigues, who opened Insight Coffee in 2011 after working with other roasters like Old Soul Co. and Temple. Identity’s launch was boosted by a successful Kickstarter campaign, which began at the end of January and quickly exceeded its $10,000 goal. The midtown coffee shop’s minimalist, industrial interior will feature locally salvaged wooden tables hand made by Rodrigues and the espresso bar will offer classic coffee drinks and light eats like yogurt and toast. Don’t miss Identity’s chocolate menu with decadent items like sipping chocolate made with chocolates from Mutari Chocolate House and Factory in Santa Cruz. 1430 28th St. identitycoffees.com

Mighty Coffee Truck

The region’s first mobile coffee truck will roll into town next month, and is set up to roam the streets in Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties. After three years at Rocklin’s Origin Coffee & Tea, Mighty Coffee Truck owner Chuck Chance decided to take his show on the road. Mighty Coffee’s menu will feature classic espresso drinks as well as specialty items like affogatos (hot espressos poured over ice cream) and snacks like granola bars, instant oatmeal and pastries from local bakeries. Chance focuses on sourcing sustainable coffee beans primarily from Central America and Africa, and a portion of the proceeds from coffee bag sales will go back to nonprofits in those coffee producing communities. facebook.com/mightycoffeetruck

Temple Coffee Roasters

On March 11, Temple Coffee Roasters will debut their largest venture yet: a new café in the heart of midtown at the corner of 22nd and K streets. This location, complete with an outdoor rock garden, will offer craft coffee specialties like Kyoto drippers (to make cups of Japanese slow-drip coffee), nitro cold brew and nitro iced tea on tap, plus locally made desserts exclusive to Temple. To open up the space for an airy feel, Temple's construction team knocked out the building’s second story to expand the ceiling, outfitting the space with antique motorcycle and bicycle parts and chandeliers. Temple owner Sean Kohmescher also designed custom floor tiles made with over 500,000 copper pennies. Temple will host an opening celebration at 6 a.m. on March 11 (with free coffee mugs for the first 60 customers), and a grand opening party slated for later this spring. 2200 K St. templecoffee.com

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