Plantation Coffee Roastery

Monday to Friday 4:30 AM - 9:00 PM | Saturday 5:30 AM - 9:00 PM | Sun 5:30 AM - 3:00 PM
784 Laurel St San Carlos, CA 94070
Nearby Places
  • Nearby Citibank
  • Nearby US Bank
Quick Information
Price |
Cuisine |
Features |
Highlights |
Coffee Beans
Columbian $7.50+ Mocha Java $8.50+ Hawaiian Kona $21.00+ Guatemalan $21.00+ Costa Rican $7.50+ Brazil Santos $7.50+ House Blend $7.50+ French Roast $7.50+ Viennese $7.50+ Espresso $7.50+ Sumatra $8.50+ Mandeheling Kenya AA $9.00+ Celebes Kalossi $8.50+ Java $8.50+ Ethiopian Harvar $8.50+ Inidan Monsoon Malabar $8.50+ Jamaica Blue $22.00+ Mountain seasonal.
Decaf Beans
French Toast $8.00 House Blend $8.00 Espresso $8.00 Mocha Java $8.50 Columbian $8.00 Java $8.50 Ethiopian $8.50 Sumatra $8.50 Guatemalan $8.00
Flavored Beans
1/2 lb. Vanilla $8.00 Hazelnut $8.00 Irish Cream $8.00 Swiss Almond $8.00 Swiss Almond Chocolate $8.00
Sandwiches / House of Bagels
SANDWICHES Turkey Sandwich $6.95 Tuna Sandwich $7.45 BLT Sandwich $6.95 Vegetarian Sandwich $6.95 Club House Sandwich $7.95 Egg Muffin Sandwich $4.50 HOUSE OF BAGELS No. 1 Bagel $4.50 Eggs, bacon, ham or turkey and cheese. No. 2 Bagel $4.50 Eggs, spinach, bacon and cheese. No.3 Bagel $4.50 Eggs, mushroom, green onion and cheese. No. 4 Bagel $4.50 Eggs, spinach, mushroom, green onion and cheese. No. 5 Bagel $4.50 Eggs, ham, green onion, green pepper and cheese. No. 6 Any Item $3.75 without bagel. No. 7 Bagel $3.75 Cream cheese, tomato and basil. No. 8 Bagel $2.25 Wheat bread or english muffin. with choice of cream cheese, buttter, jam and jelly. No. 9 Lox $6.95 Bagel, tomato, salmon, red onion, capers and cream cheese. No. 10 Bagle $5.25 Egg salad, cucumber, tomato and red onion. No. 11 Bagel $4.75 Hummas, tomato, lettuce, onion and cucumber.
Cold Beverages
On ice. Iced Coffee $2.50+ Iced Cafe Latte $3.75+ Iced Vanilla Latte $4.15+ Iced Cafe Mocha $4.15+ Iced Cafe Americano $3.25+ Iced Caramel Macchiato $4.40+ Iced Tea $2.50+ Italian Soda $2.75+ Iced Chai Latte $4.00+
Blended Ice Drinks
Frappe. Coffee $4.35+ Mocha $4.35+ Kona Mocha $4.35+ Vanilla Latte $4.35+ Caramel Latte $4.35+ White Chocolate Latte $4.35+ Chocolate Mint $4.35+ Decaf Mocha $4.35+ Sugarless Mocha $4.35+ Sugarless Latte $4.35+ Coffee Free Frappe $4.35+ Strawberry Blended Creme $4.35+ Hazelnut Blended Creme $4.35+ Vanilla Bean Blended Creme $4.35+ Green Tea $4.35+
Hot Beverages
Coffee$1.50+ Tea$2.50+ Hot Chocolate $2.95+ Kid's Cocoa $1.45 Cafe Au Lait $2.50+ Chai Latte $3.25+ Misugaru Latte $3.25+
Espresso $1.75+ Espresso Macchiato $2.25+ Espresso Con Pana $2.25+
Espresso Drinks
Cappucino $3.15+ Cafe Latte $3.15+ Almond $3.75+ Soy Milk Latte $3.75+ Vanilla Latte $3.65+ Toffee Cream Latte $3.65+ Cafe Mocha $3.65+ White Chocolate Mocha $3.85+ Cafe Borgia $3.85+ Caramel Macchiato $3.85+ Cafe Borgia $3.85+ Caramel Macchiato $3.85+ Blueberry Latte $4.45+ Cafe Americano $2.50+ Matcha Latte $3.65+
Online Presence

Since opening its doors 40 years ago, Plantation Coffee Roastery has been a fixture of the San Carlos community. Wife-and-husband duo Sue and Young Cheong, both 66, have operated the coffee shop since 2000. The couple’s son, Brian Cheong, 39, began working at the shop full time in 2017.

“I think mom really makes [the regulars] feel comfortable. There’s regulars who have been coming to this shop 20+ years,” Brian Cheong said. “There’s ladies that were pregnant when they first came, and their kids are married now.”

Bigger chains like Peet’s, Philz and Starbucks have moved into the vicinity over the years, but the coffee shop’s loyal following has remained steadfast. Brian estimates that around 80% of business comes from longtime regulars, many now seniors. That’s especially notable when you consider that the shop’s coffee offerings haven’t changed much since opening day.

There are no trendy seasonal drinks or secret menus filled with colorful, syrupy concoctions. The outside of the shop is fairly nondescript, so much so that it’s easy to miss if you don’t know what to look for.

But if you’re ever strolling along Laurel Street, you’ll smell the roastery’s secret: the earthy and rich scent of freshly roasted coffee beans wafting through the air.

In the back of the store sits a classic German-made coffee grinder and roaster that was purchased by the coffee shop’s original owner in 1981. Today, Young Cheong maintains the tradition of roasting the shop’s coffee beans every morning.

“My favorite part of working at the shop is when customers compliment the coffee that I make or roast,” Young Cheong said in Korean. Young points out that large coffee franchises typically roast their beans at factories off site and that it isn’t always clear how fresh the coffee actually is.

“Roasting on premise gives the customer confidence that we actually roasted [the beans] on this day,” Brian Cheong added. “This is fresh coffee. It wasn’t roasted two or more weeks ago.”

According to Young Cheong, the shop has around 200 regular and semiregular customers whose orders Sue knows by heart. She’s even memorized the make and model of their cars in order to have their drinks ready by the time they walk in to pay.

“That’s the kind of service you don’t really see often these days,” Brian Cheong said…

From The Daily Journal


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