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Roasters brewing up artisan coffee movement in North County

Roasters brewing up artisan coffee movement in North County

Lauren J. Mapp

November 21, 2018


Filed under Carlsbad, Encinitas, Food, North County, Real Beans, Region, San Diego County, Top Stories

Coffee has long been a major component of American breakfasts, but in recent years, a great number of small specialty coffee roasters have popped up in San Diego County, including Encinitas and Carlsbad.

Swell Cafe brings art of gourmet coffee to rising tide of interest

Swell Cafe brings art of gourmet coffee to rising tide of interest

Adam Burkhart

September 3, 2015


Filed under Del Mar, Food, NORTH COAST TASTE, Real Beans, Region, San Diego County, Solana Beach

John Vallas, the owner of Swell Cafe, wants to start a conversation about coffee, and he’s bringing it to the Flower Hill Promenade shopping center, wedged between the cities of San Diego, Del Mar and Solana beach, where Swell Cafe has opened a second location. But first, one point of ambiguity ne...

Sugar Encinitas: A coffeehouse where everything’s nice

Sugar Encinitas: A coffeehouse where everything’s nice

Debbie L. Sklar

February 20, 2015


Filed under Encinitas, Food, Leucadia, NORTH COAST TASTE, Real Beans

Need a little sugar with your coffee? If you’re in search of a signature cup of coffee minus the corporate setting, Sugar Coffee & Tea might just be up your alley. You won’t see any corporate logos, cups or cookie-cutter baristas here, just the real deal. Its owner and president, Ryan Berts...

It’s Café Ipe, but you can call it Coffee Coffee

It’s Café Ipe, but you can call it Coffee Coffee

Lauren Ciallella

April 24, 2012


Filed under Encinitas, Leucadia, Real Beans

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet … That goes double for Café Ipe because everyone insists on calling it “Coffee Coffee.” “We named it after the Ipe tree out front because we thought it was a cool tree and plus we get a lot of South American coffee,” said owner Dave Thom...

Java Depot — the cup stops here

Java Depot — the cup stops here

Lauren Ciallella

April 26, 2007


Filed under NORTH COAST BEAT, Real Beans, Solana Beach

(Java Depot closed in 2017) Across from the Solana Beach train station, Bryan Fuller and his wife, Krista, opened the Java Depot 16 years ago with no restaurant experience. Standing on the innovative, coffeehouse platform, they arrived ahead of schedule on a brewing market that would soon have ...

New owners bring fresh ideas to ‘Old Cal’

New owners bring fresh ideas to ‘Old Cal’

Lauren Ciallella

March 22, 2007


Filed under NORTH COAST BEAT, Real Beans, San Marcos

Although the Old California Coffeehouse is the oldest (and only) independent coffeehouse in San Marcos, its new owners have freshened the pot by serving up free Internet, an expanding menu and a place where many customers are known on a first name basis. Owners Kimry Wells and Kenny Morris too...

Eclectic E Street Café brewing success

Eclectic E Street Café brewing success

Lauren Ciallella

February 18, 2007


Filed under Encinitas, NORTH COAST BEAT, Real Beans

(E Street Cafe closed in 2014) Who knew that a vague idea about revamping office space could materialize into a virtual neighborhood sanctuary? Gutted and stripped of its sterile office roots, E Street Café (128 W. E St. in Encinitas) has hidden its Hyde-like appearance and transformed into a g...

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