Best spots to get your coffee fix


Asiyah Ally

Peet’s cold brew is one of the better iced coffee drinks, but Philz sells the best coffee in San Ramon.

Asiyah Ally, Social Media Team Member

I have been drinking coffee since I was 12. Probably not my best move, but once I tried that magical bean juice I was hooked. I take my coffee iced, with no sugar and a little splash of almond/oat milk. Sometimes I’ll get a cold brew to spice it up every once in a while.

I recently visited almost every coffee shop in San Ramon, and will now offer up my top three favorites.

No. 3: Boba Guys

Along with their famous boba drinks, Boba Guys has quite a few coffee options. I got the oat milk latte, 0 percent sweetness and no toppings for $4.75, and I was a little shocked because it was kind of good. For this coffee tasting I brought my father, Hassan Ally, along because he’s a fellow coffee connoisseur. He ordered the Americano, no cream, no sugar, no toppings for $3.75.

“After Philz, Peet’s, Starbucks, and McDonalds, I’d have this, I guess,” he said.

The service at Boba Guys was great. Everyone was nice and we got our drinks quickly, in about 2-5 minutes. The coffee was very light, but it did not taste watered down. It had a nice subtle flavour. It was definitely not worth the cost of $3.75 and $4.75, but it was not a bad coffee. I was pleasantly surprised by Boba Guys.

No. 2: Peet’s Coffee and Tea

A classic for coffee, Peet’s is my go to coffee place. My usual is the cold brew oat latte for $5.50. The service at Peet’s is incredible. Everytime I go to Peet’s, the employees are so sweet and your drink is ready in two minutes. The atmosphere in Peet’s is really comforting as well. The taste of the coffee was great: it had a really nice balance between acidity and bitterness. The cost was a little high for a cold brew, but I’ll let it slide because the coffee itself was pretty good.

No. 1: Philz Coffee

I have fond memories of driving out to the San Francisco location with my dad and stopping at Philz for some banger coffee. I ordered the Aromatic Arabic coffee, iced with almond milk for $4.60. Philz Coffee had really great service. They made ordering online super easy and my drink was ready within 10-15 minutes. They have such a wide variety of coffee and I have yet to find one distasteful. Their coffee is balanced nicely with the perfect ratio of acidity and flavour. The price was a little high, but the quality of the coffee surpassed the cost of $4.60.