Scout has been drinking coffee since he was eight weeks old. On his second day living with Team Frymire in Las Vegas, NV, he was particularly sleepy. A good night’s rest in the warmth of his new home made him exceedingly tired. You probably know what we’re describing. We’re talking about the way vacation makes you sleepy because it’s often the first time in years you don’t have adrenaline coursing through your veins like some great, life-sustaining force. Since Scout had survived the Nevada desert and was now on a kind of “vacation from suffering”, we gave him a sip of coffee. He’s been a connoisseur ever since.
Doctors will tell you that rest is necessary for good health and mental stability. What doctors won’t tell you is that there’s a more effective and efficient remedy to your sleepless angst. A good night’s rest takes at least eight hours, but there’s a remedy that takes only a sip. That remedy’s name is coffee.
You disagree? Please air your grievances below. We aren’t saying that sleep isn’t wonderful or that vacations aren’t privileged peoples’ greatest invention. We’re saying that they are rare and time consuming and can’t be purchased for $5.99 on the corner. That’s why coffee is an essential investment and probably the safest, cheapest drug deal you’ll ever find. Like all street drugs, some are better than others and some dealers are more trustworthy than others. That’s where we come in…
Daniel of Team Frymire is from Riverside, CA, and spent a good portion of his childhood either in LA, San Bernardino, or Riverside. Scout and I think Riverside is cozy, San Bernardino is scenic, and LA is trendy. Apparently, all of those feelings exist because we didn’t grow up in Southern California and we’ve never actually had a drug deal go wrong. Needless to say, Daniel knows all the best dealers. (Coffee dealers, that is.)
Augie’s Coffee is one of Daniel’s favorite spots in downtown Riverside, CA. Scout incorrectly claims that he actually found Augie’s Coffee and recommended it to Daniel. As I type, Scout is reminding me to just write what he tells me to write without my commentary. I’m just going to gently nudge Scout off the couch in hopes that this improves his attitude. Scout just read that last sentence and looks moderately irritated. Now Scout is telling me to tell you that both he and Daniel found Augie’s Coffee. I’m not going to argue with this because Scout looks sincerely irritated and he has “nasty, big, pointy teeth”. (Scout tip: watch more British television.)
Located on the corner of 12th & Main across from the county courthouse, Augie’s Coffee is one way to cure your jury duty sorrows. (We took that line directly from Augie’s website. We always steal and tell.) When you walk into Augie’s Coffee, you feel trendy and relaxed. Those two things rarely go together so this is a pretty incredible accomplishment. The black and white checkered flooring is sure to awaken the bleariest-eyed coffee deficient patron. The big wooden tables provide community style seating and make you feel like you’re part of some kind of coffee coalition. The original artwork and photography has you missing your favorite gallery or studio. Augie’s Coffee is truly a creative space for the caffeinated coffee community.
Trustworthy Coffee for Wary Souls
Coffee has a unique way of bringing out the best and worst in people. Let’s face it: coffee is responsible for a lot of emotions. Catch a person without their morning cup of coffee and they’ll tell you how they almost quit their job, lost all of their ambition, or drove into a light pole. Catch a person three sips into their latte and they’ll tell you how they just signed up to volunteer, thanked their boss for that much needed constructive feedback, and still almost drove into a light pole. When so much rests on an expensive cup of bean water, you need a barista you can trust.
Let’s face it: coffee is responsible for a lot of emotions.
You can trust the baristas at Augie’s Coffee. I’m pretty sure they could steam water until it had perfect micro foam. You see, Scout is a vegan so he orders almond milk lattes religiously. This is risky business since almond milk steamed incorrectly is nothing short of a lava bubble bath. Not at Augie’s. At Augie’s, the almond milk latte is creamy perfection. We’d love to show you a picture, but alas, we drank our lattes too quickly and the only proof of their greatness is our grateful hearts. What we can show you is a close-up of their menu:
We’ve tried just about the entire menu and can assure you that you won’t be disappointed with any choice. Daniel is loyal to the pour overs. Scout is loyal to the almond milk lattes. Anna is always torn between the honey cinnamon latte and the lavender vanilla latte. (Scout tip: Before you order, ask the barista which latte they like best. Everyone knows people don’t brag about their great taste and then hand over sloppy work.)
We’re all about slowly sipping coffee so you can enjoy it to the fullest. We’re also all about breaking rules when the coffee is too delicious not to chug. Augie’s is our traditional stop on our way out of town after we visit family in Riverside. From the moment we arrive in Riverside to the moment we hop in the car to head home, we’re thinking about holding those red to-go cups. Daniel pretends that he doesn’t miss Riverside. Scout and I unabashedly love Riverside. Augie’s is now a flavor of home and road trips and good memories for us. Since Daniel moved away from Riverside over 10 years ago, he always says it became a cool city after he left. We like to think it was always a cool city that just misses us so much it keeps adding cool stuff to lure us back.
The Secret is Out
Now you know how we’re almost always sleep deprived and still moderately functional. You also know where to find us as we say goodbye to Riverside and head home after family visits. Where do you find your favorite cup of bean water? Comment below and let us know. We’d love to try your favorite spot… if only to tell you ours is better.
This next part should really come as no surprise. Augie’s Coffee has unequivocally earned the coveted stamp of approval. As we say, grab your tribe and form a line! (And please, be polite. We want Augie’s to like us.)