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Roasters brewing up artisan coffee movement in North County

The African Palmer, a blend of lemonade and coffee, is a featured drink at Sleeping Tiger Coffees in Carlsbad, one of several North County roasters building an artisan movement in the region. (Photo by Lauren J. Mapp)

Lauren J. Mapp

November 21, 2018

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

At Swell Cafe's heart is a “fanatical, almost religious” devotion to coffee, according to Swell roaster Brian Gerhard, pictured Sept. 2 in the Flower Hill coffee shop. (Photo by Jen Acosta)

Adam Burkhart

September 3, 2015

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 Coffee & Tea in Leucadia offers a variety of drinks, including mochas. (Photo by Troy Orem)

Debbie L. Sklar

February 20, 2015

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

Cafe Ipe’s fresh roasted beans by Dan Scheibe of Revolution Roasters.

Lauren Ciallella

April 24, 2012

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 has been serving up fresh coffee in Solana Beach for 16 years. (Photo by David J. Olender)

Lauren Ciallella

April 26, 2007

(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’

Mark Kenny, left, and Alan Lam are regulars at Old California Coffeehouse in San Marcos. (Photo by David J. Olender)

Lauren Ciallella

March 22, 2007

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

E Street Café in downtown Encinitas offers art and music alongside coffee. (Photo by David J. Olender)

Lauren Ciallella

February 18, 2007

(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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