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In June, I dropped by Big Mug Coffee Roaster in Santa Clara that had been recommended to me by a shy chowhound. Close to where I'd be judging a KCBS barbecue contest, this made for an easy morning stop. It's located on soondubu row in a Korean strip mall.
Big Mug is fairly large with many seating options. I had planned to get my beverage to-go but opted instead to take a seat.
Hard to decide what to order as a first-timer, but then I noticed the cold brews dripping along the sideboard.
Seasonal special was a cold brew mint mojito latte, $4, so I picked that.
While I waited for my drink, I poked around a bit more, checking out the roasting operation in the back corner.
Next to the roaster is a conference table for seating large parties. And on display, various certificates for training issued by the Specialty Coffee Association of Korea to the cafe's principals.
My mint mojito latte was served in a glass mason mug. With this much milk and the flavorings, I couldn't really get a handle on the coffee beans. Yet, the overall impact was refreshing and delicious and I would not hesitate to return for another.
In fact I was back sooner than expected. I returned after the contest and dinner nearby with friends to get a beverage for the road. Here's the luminescent pink grapefruit-ade that cooled down my drive home.
In the morning, most customers were grab and run with only a few taking a seat or working on computers. When I came back in the evening, the parking lot was full and every seat taken with well-dressed Korean patrons in Saturday date night attire or teams of students collaborating on projects.
Big Mug was recommended as a meeting spot with quality coffee and snacks, and it would be great for that. For those coming to town for Super Bowl 50, check it out.
Big Mug Coffee Roaster
3014 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95051
Sun. 9am - 9pm
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