New Coffee Shop, Cups & Crumbs, Set to Open in Old Orcutt


While some business owners may stray away from opening a location near a major corporate competitor like Starbucks, Pam Rowan is certain a new local coffee shop will offer something very unique to Orcutt.


The owner of Coffee a la Cart has partnered with baker Claudia Stine and investor Julie Darrah to bring Cups & Crumbs to the community. The coffeehouse and bakery which will sit on South Broadway in between Jack’s in Old Orcutt and the Old Orcutt Barber Shop, is planned to open before Thanksgiving.


“It’s just different; I try to do the best I can at what I do and stick with what I'm good at,” Rowan explained. “It’s really important to me to serve good quality products.”


Aside from coffee, Cups & Crumbs will offer breakfast, lunch and dessert, featuring fine ingredients and homestyle baking.


“We’re going to serve crepes and nobody in town does crepes,” Rowan said. “It will all be homestyle. That’s something that isn’t really offered often.”


Rowan began brewing coffee for the community 16 years ago at First Christian Church. Seven years ago, she started Coffee a la Cart out of a trailer serving coffee, tea and smoothies to customers at schools, sports games, businesses and more. Eventually, she opened a shop on Vandenberg Air Force Base.


“It’s blown into something that I never expected,” she said.


She is hoping Cups & Crumbs will provide a special space for Orcutt residents to gather and enjoy something a little different.


“I just love coffee and love serving people,” Rowan said.


The Coffee a la Cart trailer and shop will continue to operate.


Jamie Guista reporting