Stereoscope Coffee Company is located in Buena Park, CA, on famous Beach Blvd. I’ve wanted to stop at this coffee shop for AGES, but for some reason, I’ve never made the time to stop in. I was lucky enough to try a cortado from them at the 2018 Los Angeles Coffee Festival, and I also scored a free bag of their Costa Rica Olman Aguilera. A few weeks ago, I finally made the drive down Historic Beach Blvd. and visited Stereoscope.
Stereoscope was established in 2013. They are unlike other coffee shops because they were created by two roasters/Q-graders, who have a decade-plus experience in the industry. You may be wondering what a Q-grader is. The short answer is they spend years developing their pallet to recognize the differences in coffee. They know their shit.
The coffee shop is located in the corner of strip mall; it isn’t fancy on the outside or the inside. But what they lack in Instagram-worthy decor they make up for in amazingly excellent coffee. When you walk in, you’ll see their roaster on the left, tables on the right, and the bar straight ahead. You won’t see a menu hanging up anywhere. It is printed out and located near the register. The pastry case is small, but they serve freshly baked goodies from Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, which I was incredibly excited about, as that is another place I’ve been dying to try out.
The menu is simple; the pour-over section is constantly rotating a wide variety of coffees, they have a tasty range of specialty teas, along with ceremonial matcha, and espresso drinks. I was having a hard time deciding what to try, so in typical fashion, I got two drinks. I got the Iced Ganache Mocha with Soy & an Iced Guatemala Santa Rosa plus a chocolate chip cookie.
The cookie was pretty damn good. It was full of chocolate chips with a strong brown sugar taste, the salt on top adds the right kick and helps bring out all the fantastic flavors. The ganache mocha was by far my favorite of the two drinks. The mocha is decadent dark chocolate, and if I’m not mistaken, it’s housemade. The espresso was expertly pulled and strong; it mixed well with the dark chocolate and the soy. It wasn’t overly sweet; I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s in my top 3 mochas. Iced Guatemala was okay; it wasn’t what I was really in the mood for (I wanted to try the peaberry they had, but they were out), but the flavor profile sounded good, so I tried it. I’m usually not a big fan of Latin American coffee; it’s too acidic for my liking. It was by no means a bad coffee, just not the flavor profile I was hoping to try.
I have to say, the staff at Stereoscope is some of the nicest I’ve ever come across. I did post a picture on my IG after my visit, and moments later, I received a DM from them asking how my experience was. I also received a DM from them on Thanksgiving. Now that is going above and beyond for your customers!
I enjoyed my visit and will, for sure, be back to enjoy more of their expertly made coffee. If you live in SoCal, have you been to Stereoscope? If not, will you go now? Let me know in the comments. Mahalo for reading!