This place is geared for the writer’s life: lightning-speed wifi, outlets aplenty, and bold coffee from Stumptown Roasters to keep you alert for those tight deadlines. There are daily baked pastries and all types of dairy-free milk alternatives. A bit of history: Ernest Coffee is named for Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, the birth name of Don the Beachcomber, whose tiki restaurant stood in this exact location back in the ’50s.
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Ernest Coffee opened in 2013, with groundbreaking team Gregory Mandallaz and Chris Pardo transforming the site of what was formerly Don the Beachcomber’s restaurant. Mandallaz brought years of restaurant experience, dating back from his home in Southern France to owning his own café in Burbank, California. He thought Palm Springs could use some LA flare and French sophistication.
Coffee and cocktails? Count me in. Ernest is an adorable coffee shop by day, and by night, secret back doors open to reveal a speakeasy- style tiki bar. Eclectic Palm Springs spots like this inspired my summer collection
Ernest Coffee is part of a wave of great independent coffee shops that have opened in the West Valley in recent years (including Ristretto, Gré Coffeehouse and Art Gallery, 4 Paws, Joey, Custom, etc., etc.)—but several things set Ernest apart from the others.
In between the shopping, Ernest Coffee is a good place to stop. I always just get an iced latte, but their cold brew is really good, too. At night, it turns into an after-hours spot with cocktails and food. —as told to Tanisha Pina
You’re hungover, so you probably want coffee. And a green juice. Though you can always roll through the Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru, Stumptown seller Ernest Coffee is a top choice to nab a quality brew.