Recreational Coffee – Best Coffee Shop in Long Beach

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It’s no secret that I’m in love with coffee (just check my Instagram). Places like Recreational Coffee only strengthen these feelings. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with Bobby, the owner and mastermind behind Recreational Coffee. Find out what inspired him to create this space, what makes their coffee special, and how they were voted Best Coffee Shop in Long Beach after being open for only 4 months!


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What Makes Recreational Coffee Special?

Recreational Coffee is located in Downtown Long Beach. This trendy area has lots to offer, but very few coffee shops. There is only one other specialty coffee place in the area and it is about a mile away. This was one of the main reasons Bobby decided to open up Recreational Coffee here. Before opening he spent weeks surveying people in the area to see if they would welcome a specialty coffee shop. He got an overwhelmingly positive response. People wanted better coffee than Starbucks. After finding the perfect space, they opened up shop.

The moment you walk into the gorgeous space you know you’ll be getting a great experience and amazing coffee. Recreational Coffee is about having an amazing experience – from the visual component, to the quality of the coffee, to the friendly barista. When asked what makes Recreational Coffee special Bobby answered, “our baristas.” Having a friendly crew and superior customer service is their number one priority. Each Barista is selected for their personality and positive interaction with people. At Recreational Coffee there’s a bar to interact with baristas, and tables if you prefer to be alone. Even the music adds to the experience – no typical coffee shop music here.

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Apart from providing a great customer experience everyone here pays amazing attention to detail. Everything is measured to the gram! Items on the menu have to be loved by Bobby and the crew to be for sale.

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The Menu

Talk about amazing lattes, cappuccino, and even espresso shots (hello dark chocolate!) My favorite item has to be their Sea Salt Affogato. I would drive to Long Beach any day, any time just to have this delicious piece of heaven. This delectable dessert is espresso based with vanilla bean ice cream and fresh cracked sea salt. It’s a popular option for coffee enthusiasts, dessert lovers, and Instagramers (it’s very photogenic!)

Christian, a friendly barista, recommends the sea-salt Affogato, espresso shake, and chocolate cappuccino. They are customer favorites. He also encourages trying a chocolate cappuccino with Almond milk. Apparently it tastes like a chocolate covered almond… YUM!

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What I Tried:
Sea Salt Affogato (favorite!)
Latte
Chocolate Cappuccino
Espresso Con Panna

Check out Recreational Coffee if you’re in Long Beach and let me know how you like it!

Address:
237 Long Beach Blvd Suite A
Long Beach, CA 90802

Hours:
7am-7pm Weekdays
7am-8pm Weekends

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