If you’re from Sacramento, you have “your” go-to coffee spot where you camp out for hours chatting with friends and taking pictures of your latte to work on your personal brand. We have our favorite baristas, our favorite drinks and our favorite reasons going there. In a city full of well-known coffeehouses, it might seem like having one more could feel crowded. Milka Coffee Roasters will blow whatever expectations out of the water with its great drinks, kind baristas and gorgeous space.
Milka is owned by Samir Benouar, named after his grandmother, Milka Radonich, who was also a small-business owner. The website includes a cute childhood picture of Samir and his grandmother, as well as their mission statement to create a sustainable and modern coffee culture. Some retail shelving offers a sampling of coffee magazines such as Drift are sold near the front of the shop. No retail bags of coffee yet, though I‘m sure it is in the works.
The showstopper at Milka is truly the physical space itself. Located in the Mansion Flats neighborhood of Sacramento, Milka makes you feel at home as you navigate from room to room with its warm emerald green tones and comfy thrift store seating. As you enter the shop on G street, you’re greeted by the happy, seaweed green tiled pillars and a La Marzocco. Order your drink at the bar, and then wander through each room and bask in the light from the beautiful bay windows. Milka was formerly an actual house in Mansion Flats and one of its greatest strengths is that it feels exactly like that. Each room has it’s own vibe to it. The first room is set up like a living room, with a bench, four warm orange chairs and some side tables. Sink into one of those great orange chairs as your drink is served to you in one of the Fellow brand cups. As you turn to your left, you’ll notice the second room, hosting more thrifted chairs and benches. The third and largest room at Milka hosts more midcentury modern accent chairs, table seating and stools at a counter lining the enormous bay windows. Two things struck me most about this room: the large bay windows grab your attention initially and the emerald green ceilings takes you by surprise. Like many houses of that style, Milka’s hardwood floors means every conversation echos throughout the entire space, especially its largest room facing 15th street. Instead of a typical quiet hum of a coffeehouse, this shop’s noise level tends to stay on the louder side, as if you were at happy hour somewhere. Milka offers a space for collaboration: the place to network, meet up with your mentor, or work on a group project.
No matter where your coffee allegiances lie, Milka will be a frontrunner among Sacramento’s coffee powerhouses. As summer in Sacramento inches closer and closer, there is nothing better than feeling the sun in your face indoors with the AC blasting as you sip on an iced latte.