Readers' Choice: Buster's Wins Best Coffee!

This family-owned biz has been in town for more than 25 years. Have you been? What do you love about it?

When  opened in the '80s, it was one of two coffee shops in town. 

Now, it's one of about 10. 

Yet customers have stayed loyal, and last year Buster's celebrated its 25th anniversary. Just last week,

Owners (and sisters) Renee Richards, Colette Richards and Monica Barry couldn't be happier that they've still got the support of the community. 

"The Starbucks thing is hard to swallow, because there are so many of them. But it’s all good," said Renee Richards. “Everyone goes to different places, so it's very sweet for us [to win].”

Richards recalls when her family opened the shop in 1986: "There wasn't really much of anything [in the community when we opened.] There was one other coffee shop down by : House of Coffee."

"A lot of people have been coming here forever," she continued. "Moms with kids who were not even born yet are still coming in, and their kids are now in college—so it's cool." 

Richards admits it was her own mom, Clara, who always wanted to open a ice cream shop. And when moved out of town, it was only suiting that the Richards family create a neighborhood hub of its own.

(Clara Richards owns on Meridian Avenue. )

After opening, it was Colette who decided to introduce coffee to the menu. And most recently, she and her sisters added a small kitchen upstairs and started serving a lunch menu.  

As for the coffee, the shop houses all organic purchased from four different companies including Wilson Coffee Roasting Company and Jones Coffee Roasters.

But one of Buster's signature drinks is the Frosted Mocha: espresso blended with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and whip cream. Yum! 

What's your go-to order? 

David Melford May 02, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Pat Lubow and I play blues next to the window of Busters, we played "ride this train" by johnny cash while a big train did roar by
Joanne Nuckols May 02, 2012 at 04:40 PM
My favorite is the Frosted Mocha. Former Mayor Dick Richards introduced me to this fabulous concoction years ago. Every time I indulge and have one, I think of him. Congratulations on Reader's Choice Award.
John Vandercook May 02, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Congratulations... I love the carob/banana protein shake. The Fosselman's coffee ice cream is wonderful.
Just My Opinion May 02, 2012 at 05:44 PM
WTG Richard's Family!
Herbert Barnes May 02, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I greatly enjoy that Buster's is uniquely "SouthPasadenan". I've gone there for decades. I know them and they know me. It is the perfect early morning walking distance from my house. I know that if I go there any saturday morning, get my "non-fat, no foam, single tall" and then step out onto Mission at 8:30... a group of about 200 brightly clad cyclists will go whizzing by. It's a nice spectacle for starting one's weekend.


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