The now known Carmel Coffee House and Roasting Company started at Caffe Cardinale and Roasting Company in 1994, located in the center of the coastal city of Carmel-By-The-Sea, California.
This picturesque little café packs in fresh small batches, roasted on premise coffee, and a plethora of breakfast and lunch items available at the counter. We offer a little something for everyone with an array of an options that are savory and sweet.
Gus the Otter
The Carmel Coffee House logo was specially created by Gus Arriola. Gus Arriola’s long running cartoon “Gordo” was one of the first syndicated comic strips. It celebrated the Latino Culture living in America. An Arizona native, born of Mexican-American decent, he started Gordo in 1941. His strip was about a bean farmer who turned tour guide. It taught Americans about life south of the border and ran for over 44 years in as many as 270 newspapers.
He created our “Gus” several months before he passed away in 2008. We traded the drawing of “Gus” the otter for what turned out to be his last birthday cake. He was a wonderful man, full of life and we are so grateful to have known him. He is missed by all, but "Gus" the otter keeps him alive in our hearts every day.