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Holy Roast | Santa Rosa

Downtown Santa Rosa coffee shop is my go-to

Though the spot seemed to be a longshot when it opened, Holy Roast has become my living room away from, well, my living room.
Opened in 2007 by Wayne Conley, this cozy java joint has a daily lineup of regulars ranging from Highway Patrol officers to bleary-eyed Press Democrat reporters, orange-vested city employees and, well, pretty much anyone who works north of Fifth Street in downtown Santa Rosa.
What works? Friendly and competent baristas, fresh morning pastries and solid noon-time salads and sandwiches from Pearson & Co.
Clearly someone upstairs is looking out for Holy Roast because the coffee and the company is divine.
Holy Roast, 490 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 707.523.3137

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