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They knew it was special back in February

A Kenya Guama Peaberry coffee roasted by Bird Rock Coffee Roasters has been named the number-one coffee of the year by CoffeeReview.com, earning a 97-point rating. Judges described it as “luscious, deeply sweet, and sumptuous.” ...

Midway District becomes coffee-roasting hub

Find coffee that everyone wants to drink every day behind the Sports Arena

While not a huge coffee-drinking destination, the industrial district behind the Sports Arena in the Midway District has grown into a coffee-roasting hub. Modern Times opened its brewery there three years ago with small-batch roasting ...

Taking a leap from real estate and tech to coffee

Second career coffee ventures

As the specialty coffee business has gained in popularity, it's become an appealing choice for non-service industry professionals pursuing a second career. A couple such cases have led to new roasting shops in the county. ...

At last, a cold-brew coffee with zing and no sting

“We recommend a proportion of two parts coffee to one part water.”

My kids love visiting Starbucks for their cold-coffee sweet treats, but I’ve found myself preferring the bitter side of things as I get older. When a friend praised local roaster Dark Horse Coffee’s cold brew, ...

North Park finds room for one more coffee shop

Biker cafe is surprisingly comfortable

I didn't think North Park needed another coffee shop, particularly along 30th Street. But when I walked into the newly opened Torque Moto Café, I immediately felt as though it scratched a neighborhood itch that's ...

Sleeping Tiger, hidden in winery

Witch Creek clears space for roasting machinery and full coffee bar

Sleeping Tiger Coffee launched what may well be the first café sitting inside an active winery. Last year, Paon wine bar owner Mayur Pavagadhi bought Witch Creek Winery, an urban winery operating out of north ...

First brewery with a café on site

Modern Times boasts "the biggest barrel-aged coffee program in the world."

Since launching three years ago, Modern Times Beer has been one of the few breweries on the planet to roast its own coffee. During most of that time, it's been selling cold brew and fresh ...

Bump Coffee is not your typical coffee shop

Coffee truck offers just hot coffee or cold brew — "no espresso or lattes or macchiatos or anything like that."

Like a lot of people, Trevor Mertens and Ryan Perry moved to San Diego for the beaches and beer. These guys happened to have a plan to start a coffee business when they arrived: Bump ...

The secret language of coffee buyers

"You won't learn Spanish from this book."

"My Spanish is terrible," admits Andy Newbom. Nevertheless, the 13-year coffee professional has co-authored a new book titled Coffee Spanish for Coffee Buyers, a field guide intended to help coffee buyers, roasters, baristas, and coffee ...

Industrial Grind Coffee, six years and four storefronts later

From retired, to coffee shop owner, to coffee bean roaster, to breadmaker

Hillcrest coffee roaster Industrial Grind Coffee opened its second Hillcrest shop at the beginning of July — its fourth overall. Long-time couple Kathy Hansen and Barbara Jeanine opened the first Industrial Grind on Park Avenue ...

Mostra sweeps Cold Brew City competition

San Diego's warm temperatures ideal for cold brew coffee

Carmel Mountain roaster Mostra Coffee took home a pair of trophies at the June 25 contest, Cold Brew City. Coffee enthusiasts gathered in Barrio Logan to sample cold brew served by a dozen roasters and ...

A Dark Horse in Truckee

San Diego coffee roaster posts up in a space more resembling a ski lodge than a café

By my latest count, there are no fewer than 37 active coffee-roasting businesses in San Diego county, and one San Diego-affiliated coffee roaster outside of San Diego County. Dark Horse Coffee Roasters became the first ...

Coffee + flowers = sensory benefits

Flowers to the right, coffee to the left

Its large, painted outside wall says Coffee + Flowers, but inside the storefront on the southwest corner of Texas and University there are actually two distinct businesses: Communal Coffee and Native Poppy flower shop. "In ...

Red Hat Coffee: Smooth enough to drink black

"We knew we had a very powerful product."

A new coffee brand has emerged in San Diego. Red Hat Coffee began doing business in January, following a model similar to other local cold brew specialists Jupiter Coffee and Bobo Cold Brew. Rather than ...

From high in the Makaha mountains to a cup in Bonita

Pavaraga coffee beans are popular among corporate execs, foreign dignitaries, and one President Barack Obama.

The oldest coffee roasting company in San Diego hails from Hawaii. Over 100 years old, family company Pavaraga Coffee goes back five generations, boasting 50 farms scattered across several Hawaiian islands. Last summer, Pavaraga quietly ...

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