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"This coffee? It’s roasted by a murder lawyer and his partner in El Cajon,” says Kayla. “He deals with criminals by day and roasts by night. The West Bean.”

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Kayla

Coffee to die for? Huh. Actually it is pretty durned good coffee.

I’m at what was Java Jones and is now The Village @ 631 (631 9th Avenue downtown, 619-255-9504).

It says “Coffee and Wine Bar,” but looks exactly the same as JJ days, from what I remember. But attractive with deep Lincoln chairs as well as sit-up laptop tables. And sunny, ship-like outside seating.

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Outside seating's sunny

My “small” coffee ($1.85) is in a nice big china cup. But I'm looking for breakfast. Healthy things here are cheap. Almost go for the yogurt granola parfait ($3.99, with fruit), or the seasonal fruit medley ($3.49).

Then I see straight carboland stuff, like wraps and paninis and sandwiches. They're a pretty decent price too. Mostly around six to eight bucks.

But “your favorite” breakfast specials are cheaper. An egg and cheese sandwich is $4.50. With sausage, bacon or ham it’s $4.75. And “Your Favorite Breakfast Combo” -- any of these with coffee -- sounds a deal at $5.75.

I go for that and try to find a table. Not easy, cos Comic-Con is right down the street. Place is filled with people with important plastic jangling around their necks, buzzing with kinda strutty talk. “I was talking to Nick -- Nicolas Cage -- and telling him, 'Nicky, Goth is out!'”

But even that stops when Kayla brings my breakfast combo.

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Sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast

It’s like art. Filling too.

The wine bar thing? “We should have wine soon,” says Kayla. “Building the actual wine bar part? Probably after summer.”

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Beautiful lighting

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