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Living in San Carlos September 29, 2011

San Carlos: The City of Good Coffee.

by Chuck Gillooley

Mo’ Joe.

If caffeinated libations are your thing, then you should now be able to find just about anything to suit your tastes on our very own Laurel Street in San Carlos.    While much of the recent commercial development on Laurel Street (especially the north stretch) has seemed to revolve around bars and restaurants, coffee shops have progressively wedged their way into the Laurel Street shopping scene.   And they’re about to get another big one next week….

Peet’s Coffee Opens on Monday.

The long wait for a Peet’s Coffee shop in San Carlos is about to end.  On Monday October 3rd at 6:00AM, the newest shop in the Peet’s chain will swing open its doors to San Carlos coffee lovers.   Situated at the former Blockbuster Video location, it’s right in between the two Starbucks locations on Laurel Street, and right across from the Plantation Coffee Roastery — a family owned establishment that’s endeared by many residents in San Carlos.    For die-hard Peet’s fans in San Carlos, it means the end of their trek to either Redwood City or Belmont to get their fix.

Too Much Coffee?

When Starbucks opened their second shop on Laurel near the corner of Arroyo, many felt that this would spell the end of the independent coffee shops on Laurel Street.   Certainly, like others in the food business, there has been a shakeout of some minor players over the years.    But Plantation seems to be going as strong as ever, and according to the Laurel Street Spy, the 1665 Cafe is serving up Blue Bottle Coffee on the south end of Laurel.

You could say that this is a latte coffee shops for one street, but I’d never write something that corny on this prestigious site.  I usually filter that stuff out, since there’s no grounds for such nonsense.   But time will tell whether or not one street can absorb this much coffee business.

Got a favorite place for your morning coffee that needs a shout?  Plug them in the comments below…
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