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Handlebar Coffee - De la Vina
2720 De la Vina St, Santa Barbara
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Great coffee, appalling service, 11/28/2017
Reviewer: Elle from Santa Barbara, CA
Beautiful premises, handy location for those of us in San Roque, but honestly, how does it take them 15 minutes to make an Americano, especially when there are only a couple of people in front of you in line. I have been a few times right after they open early in the morning and it's taken quarter of an hour every time to make the coffee. And twice I had to ask them to remake it because by the time the young woman behind the counter had put hot water into an (already warmed) mug, measured out the espresso, tamped it down, frowned, tipped it out and done it again, the water in the mug had already gone cold and they gave me a horrible, lukewarm drink. Every other time I pass Handlebar and think of going in, the line is truly ridiculous - nearly out the door - and I'm certain the slow execution of drinks is the reason. I know it's not an assembly line Starbucks/McDonald's type of operation, but this is definitely the worst service of any coffee place I've been to, practically anywhere in the world. A great pity. If they hired better staff and got their operation a little more streamlined it would be a favourite.


Gorgeous make-over - neighborhood delight, 10/4/2017
Reviewer: jinelle from Santa Barbara, CA
Open-face sandwiches delicious, and worth the cost. Still have some service kinks to work out for other food items, but this place does it right. And of course, the coffee is impeccable. Thanks for coming into the neighborhood. No question this will be a regular stop. Beautiful example of the recycle reuse-repurpose of a handsome, but tired building and a dreary former street front into a very happening place in this upcoming city neighborhood. Great work, Handlebar folks. Thanks.


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