Shop Spotlight: Academic Coffee, San Jose CA

What once used to be a deserted laundromat on Second Street has now blossomed into a classy cafe for local downtown San Jose residents to enjoy. Academic Coffee came to the bustling tech city of San Jose a few months ago just as a pop-up shop that lived inside Five Points bar.

Even though it was relatively hidden at first, the coffee shop gained traction fast for its delicious pastries and rich coffee. Now nestled in on the corner of East William and South Second streets, Academic is the perfect place for great coffee in a cool atmosphere. With its artsy blue and black murals lining the walls and a porcelain coffee machine beckoning guests to come in, the shop is the latest attraction for downtown residents to get their caffeine fix. Some crowd favorites include their mint matcha latte or their silky nitro cold brew. For black coffee lovers like myself, I love their drip coffee which comes from Temple Coffee in Sacramento.

Aside from their delicious drinks, Academic also proudly serves up pastries from Third Culture Bakery and Alexander's Patisserie while also having food specials on the weekends. With a hip yet relaxed vibe, friendly staff and incredible coffee choices, Academic Coffee is the newest addition to the every-growing downtown San Jose scene that will definitely continue to prosper well into the new year.