Brandon Hernández 9:22 a.m., May 24
It’s a cool, laid back place, just what you’d expect in Bird Rock. Local art adorns the walls, on Saturday mornings there’s live music. Sunday is open mic day from 10:00 am till noon. There’s free wifi too, and a little walled area with benches for kids to play in.
They serve two varietals and a decaf daily, four coffees at a brew bar, using Hario B60s and Chemex. There are a few baked goods and some fresh fruit to enjoy with your coffee.
I stopped in to purchase beans, selecting the Ace of Spades Espresso. A blend of coffees from Burundi, Brazil, Ecuador and Sumatra, it’s BRCR’s tribute to Motorhead. At $16.75 for 12 oz., it’s pricey. I’d expect to pay that much for a pound of beans, not 12 ounces.
As part of the deal, I was offered a free cup of the daily brew. I asked for an Americano instead, and got a buck off my drink. Cool.
Well, maybe not. My Americano had a bit of crema still floating on top, so evidently a shot was pulled, but it was incredibly weak. So weak that after three sips, I tossed it into the garbage can.
When I got home I pulled a shot of the Ace of Spades, using 22 grams at 20 seconds (the directions on the bag recommends 25-27 seconds, I saw later). I was surprised by the color of the beans – they were much lighter than I’m used to seeing for espresso beans. The resulting cup had good crema. Still, it was less robust than I prefer and too acidic. Next time I’ll try their suggested brewing time and see if it’s any better.
I’ll give them another try – it seems a nice place to hang out. But I’ll ask for half as much hot water in my Americano.
5627 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037
Mon-Fri 6 am - 6 pm
Sat-Sun 6:30 am - 6 pm