Last month I spent a few days in Santa Cruz around meetings. One morning, I had the pleasure of starting my day at 11th Hour Coffee.
11th Hour has been a micro-roaster and opened its own coffeehouse downtown in April.
Baked goods, including gluten-free selections, are sourced mostly from Companion Bakeshop and other local bakeries.
But I decided to order something from the toast menu instead.
The Cortado, made with single origin Ethiopian beans, was earthy and complex, complete unto itself.
The avocado toast, $8, on Companion Bakeshop whole grain bread featured slices of ripe avocado, pickled red onions, watermelon radishes, then a drizzle of garlic-infused oil, balsamic glaze and nutritional yeast. A delicious, fresh take on this hipster staple.
The two brothers who started the company did the build out themselves, and it&#39;s beautiful. The center of the room is a large communal table, placed at a diagonal. Meetings of friends and colleagues filled the room with an active, sociable buzz.
Yet the vibe at 11th Hour is still tranquil enough to let sleeping dogs lie.
11th Hour Coffee
1001 Center St., #1
Santa Cruz, CA
Open daily 8am to 4pm