Chino, CA, USA: The Flinderstreet Cafe

As previously mentioned, it has been *some* time since I have been able to recommend a local coffee shop.

While any discovery could have been the first–in a while–I had to consider who should go first, and why?

With that in mind, I bring you: The Flinderstreet Cafe.

The Flinderstreet Cafe has been my home-hub for years now. I am able to completely and confidently state that if you are ever in or around this part of southern California, you have to make a stop.

It’s hidden in a shopping center–you gotta go all the way to the back. The shopping center is relatively empty so the space is quiet. Due to the shopping center being so empty, and the cafe being in the back, it is easily missed. Truly, a hidden gem; truly, when discovered, a treasure.

There is indoor and outdoor seating. The Wifi is good; there are plenty of plugs. It’s an ideal date spot and an ideal work space–as well as a great coffee spot, of course!

My absolute favorite drink is the: Honey Vanilla Latte. I have had many versions since, and nothing compares to the one at Flinderstreet Cafe. What to pair with my coffee? Often their cookies–they have a bag of minis, always, next to the cashier. Chocolate chip or snickerdoodle, either way you can’t go wrong.

I have also tried their sandwiches, pastries, and a few other drinks–coffee and non-coffee alike. Everything has been good to great. I think the cakes and cookies are my overall favorite though, but I do have a sweet tooth!

I have met friends here. I have taken my mom here. I have met with work associates here. Every time it was this wonderful secret I got to share; in fact, every visitor was surprised and asked, or did, come back on their own–what a testament to the food, drink, and atmosphere provided.

For the first recommendation, in oh so long, I have chosen The Flinderstreet Cafe because it is an outstanding outstanding coffeehouse. It has excellent seating, lighting, customer service, food, and coffee–if you’re ever in Chino, California, USA, be sure to make a stop; you will not be disappointed.

The Local Coffee Shop

There has been a considerable gap since I last recommended a local coffee shop–considerable gap!

2020: well, 2020 sort of put a stop to going to coffee shops, for obvious reasons.

2021: I had to mourn the closure of some of my favorite shops–places and spaces that had long been loved, or were promising new hubs. The pandemic was a seismic force on the success, availability, and possibility of so many small businesses . . .

2022: Now, in 2022, I have been doing my best to rediscover places. Places that had makeovers and adapted to the seismic shifts of our entire society. I have also been exploring new places–places filled with hopes and dreams; places and people taking monumental risks in this economy–admirable risks, risks we should all encourage and support.

Local business is how families and communities thrive . . . and soon enough, I will be sharing some of these amazing places serving, supporting, and sustaining so many families and communities 🖤☕

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2020 Coffee Destinations

Where to go this year to enjoy some amazing coffee?

  • Attic
  • Backyard
  • Balcony
  • Basement
  • Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Driveway
  • Family Room
  • Front yard
  • Garage
  • Garden
  • Guest Bedroom
  • Hallway
  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Nursery
  • Patio
  • Playroom
  • Pool
  • Porch
  • Spa
  • Spare Bedroom

Oh . . . the possibilities . . . #2020

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Welcome Back!

It’s been a tumultuous time since I last wrote here . . . We’ve had a complete shutdown, a re-shifting of priorities, a re-modeling of operations in every sector, and a social uprising. And none of this is complete/over.

We’re grappling with trying to understand, survive, and recover from a global pandemic–and doing it all at once! We’re on a 400+ year journey of understanding, surviving, and recovering from foundational, institutionalized, and continued injustices–a system ingrained and enshrined for centuries will not topple in a day, or a week, or a month.

It’s not exactly the time to sit back and sip coffee right? But, we are entitled to enjoy a cup or two–and we do need our energy, especially as we can continue to innovate and advocate.

So, I’ve returned here. It will be a gradual return, but I’m excited to write and explore, as I adapt to a new normal and fight for something better. Cheers to being back, and to coffee ☕

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