Here at Daily Coffee Run some of our favorite things are from Melbourne, Australia (shout out to our beautiful legend of a friend G) and now we can add Common Room Roasters to that long list of reasons why it’s great. Ed, the owner, originates from Melbourne and if there’s anything you need to know about Aussies (besides the fact that nobody in Australia drinks Fosters and thongs are things you wear on your feet, not your…well, you know) it’s that they know their coffee and take it very, very seriously. In other words, you know you’ve come to the right coffee shop when you hear the owner is Australian (and not to sound bossy, but you should try one of everything while you’re there).
Situated within an industrial area in a shared space with a marketing firm in Newport Beach, Common Room Roasters stands out among the rest. As soon as you pull into the parking lot, you’re greeted by an Instagrammers’ dream photo wall. Painted dark gray and plastered with white coffee mugs and baby wall vines growing up from the bottom, it’s easy to spend a solid 15 minutes taking pictures and deeming it your new favorite place, even before trying the coffee.
It just gets better after you walk in and take in the space. The wood accents mixed with the modern industrial design offers an inviting work or study space. And the bits of greenery from the hanging garden keeps it fresh and bright. On most days, unlike the extremely hot fall day that we had while visiting, the garage doors are pulled up allowing for the nice beach breeze to flow through.
And let’s not forget to talk about the pièce de résistance – the coffee (and tea…today we had our tea expert who loves visiting coffee shops with us). They say never judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it…when it comes to food and drinks, presentation is key. Especially when everybody is obsessively on their phones and sharing pictures of what they eat (guilty as charged over here).
The iced latte is the perfect way to cool down, especially when it’s 100 degrees outside. And the vanilla latte is handcrafted to perfection all the way down to the homemade vanilla. You can tell it’s homemade by the little flecks of vanilla bean found inside the cup. Yum yum yum! As you know, Whit’s reigning favorite vanilla latte is from Amelia’s in Santa Monica, however it’s time for a new favorite and Common Room’s is definitely up there in the list of contenders. Perhaps we’ll have to go back and do some more research and make an executive decision upon our findings…
And for all the tea lovers (who still love going to coffee shops) out there, our tea expert can concur that their chai latte is a winner winner chicken dinner. We had a sip or two before we watched her down it in a matter of minutes and think it’s just the right amount of sweetness without overpowering the chai. Plus, we hear it’s brewed by hand, so…there’s that.
Like we said earlier, it’s a great space to do a little work or study for school, so if you’re looking for a change of scenery, Common Room Roasters in the place! There’s a long communal table with plenty of seating and a few places throughout the shop to sit in small groups to catch up and unwind with friends. It’s a spot where you can find us working, relaxing or writing a new blog post for Daily Coffee Run.
And if you geek out on watching the green beans roast into golden brown perfection like we do, they have a a glass-enclosed room dedicated to roasting. The beaut of a roaster, a Joper, takes center stage among the bags of beans, work bench and chalkboard with notes along with their roasting times. It’s serious business at Common Room Roasters and they believe in quality starting at the source. With that being said, you can taste the difference between coffee from the “other guys” and Common Room’s coffee. And if you fancy yourself a cup of darn good coffee without having to put on any pants, you can purchase a bag or two and brew your own killer cup in the comfort of your own home.
If you haven’t checked this place out or you’re a Australian expat living in OC, head on down to Common Room Roasters. We know that we’ll be bringing our Melbourne born-and-raised friend when she comes to visit us in hopes of luring her to move here, too. Also, worth a mention: we were impressed by not only their coffee and beautifully designed aesthetic, but also their awesome, down-to-earth baristas. Because let’s be real, in the third wave coffee world, pretentiousness is at an all-time high.
We guess you can say Common Room Roasters is UNcommon, eh? It’s the total package as far as we’re concerned. So, don’t let the name fool you, check out Common Room Roasters and let the coffee speak for itself.
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As usual, let us know if you’ve been to Common Room Roasters and what your favorite drink is. Feel free to follow us on Instagram and use the the hashtag #dailycoffeerun so we can ooo and ahhh over your coffee photos!