Coffee culture is buzzing all over
town. Start your day or stop in for a
pick-me-up at these local roasters.
JAMES COFFEE CO.
This roaster serves up handcrafted artisanal
coffee, cold brew and coffee sodas in an open
warehouse setting shared by several small
boutiques in Little Italy. JAMESCOFFEECO.COM
BIRD ROCK COFFEE ROASTERS
With locations in La Jolla, Little Italy and
Linda Vista, this friendly, lo-fi café brews
seasonal farm-to-cup fair-trade organic
coffees from all around the world.
LOFTY COFFEE CO.
This specialty roaster makes pastries from
scratch at its two Encinitas bakery cafés,
but if your travels aren’t taking you that
far north, you can try them at their Solana
Beach and Little Italy cafés, too.
ACHILLES COFFEE ROASTERS
Visit this roaster’s two downtown locations
for your choice of seven organic, fair-trade
coffees brewed one cup at a time.
Stop into this Barrio Logan café for a cup of
joe, hot or cold, or pick up some chocolate-covered espresso beans for a portable caffeine jolt. CAFEMOTO.COM
This organic coffee hub in Barrio Logan has
a Q Grade master roaster—like a sommelier
for coffee—and a program to train at-risk
locals to become certified baristas and coffee
DARK HORSE COFFEE ROASTERS
Visit the original location in Normal Heights
or its sisters in North Park and Golden Hill
for your espresso fix, or try a nitro cold brew
for coffee with an extra kick.
Want to ramp up your
energy? Try a morning
“bullet” coffee spiked with
butter or coconut oil at
these local cafés.
At this bright blue organic café
in Encinitas, order up a smooth
dark roast blended with healthy
fats from grass-fed butter or
ghee (clarified butter) and
raw coconut oil, or a protein
latte with collagen, honey and
cashew milk for an energy boost
that’ll last until lunch.
Hot buttered coffee is the star
of the menu at this cozy Midway
District café. Try a Kraveman
coffee blended with grass-fed
butter, organic coconut oil,
honey and cream. Also available
with hot tea.
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Hit one of Beaming’s locations
in La Jolla, La Costa or Del Mar
and try a Beamuccino made with
cold brew coffee, almond milk,
Himalayan pink salt, cinnamon,
date and coconut nectar, and add
a shot of omega-3-rich flax oil or
fat-burning coconut oil.