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Erin Harper stands in Old California Coffee House in San Marcos in August 2022 during the shop’s transition to Ascend Coffee Roasters. (NCC file photo by Jen Acosta)

From Mocha Marketplace, to Old Cal, to Ascend: San Marcos coffee shop set to close March 1

North Coast Current February 17, 2024
A longtime San Marcos spot for coffee and community gatherings will brew its last cup in Old California Restaurant Row on March 1. The Ascend coffee brand itself isn’t going anywhere, however.
Ascend Coffee Roasters owner Erin Harper talks to customers during the shop’s Carlsbad grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 6. (Ascend Coffee Roasters photo by Landon Drinkward)

Ascend Coffee Roasters expands to second location in Carlsbad

Charlene Pulsonetti January 23, 2024
Ascend Coffee Roasters of San Marcos recently held the grand opening for its second location in Carlsbad’s La Costa community.
Old Cal Coffee Co. co-owner Erin Nenow, pictured in the San Marcos shop on Aug. 24, says she works to build a cool, comforting environment for customers. (Photo by Jen Acosta)

Old Cal Coffee co-owner aims for new heights with Ascend roasters

OsideNews August 31, 2022

By Charlene Pulsonetti: San Marcos CA— For many, the day must start with a cup of coffee. While chains have made that more convenient than ever before, some people still crave the charm — and community...

Old Cal Coffee Co. co-owner Erin Nenow, pictured in the San Marcos shop on Aug. 24, says she works to build a cool, comforting environment for customers. (Photo by Jen Acosta)

Old Cal Coffee co-owner aims for new heights with Ascend roasters

Charlene Pulsonetti August 31, 2022
Cultivating a welcoming atmosphere is integral at Old Cal Coffee Co. in San Marcos, and co-owner Erin Nenow is hoping to take things a step further by focusing on the power of the bean itself with Ascend Coffee Roasters.
Cardiff resident Kyle Rosa mixes beans for Breakers Coffee + Wine in Carmel Valley on Feb. 17. Later this year, Rosa plans to harvest his own beans from his farm in San Marcos. (Photo by Jen Acosta)

Cardiff resident growing coffee beans in San Marcos for his shop near Del Mar

OsideNews February 25, 2022

By Roxana Becerril: Cardiff-by-the-Sea CA— Imported from other countries, roasted and distributed by large manufacturers, the coffee brewed at most coffee shops can often sound far from special. At Breakers...

Cardiff resident Kyle Rosa mixes beans for Breakers Coffee + Wine in Carmel Valley on Feb. 17. Later this year, Rosa plans to harvest his own beans from his farm in San Marcos. (Photo by Jen Acosta)

Cardiff resident growing coffee beans in San Marcos for his shop near Del Mar

Roxana Becerril February 18, 2022
Starting this summer, Cardiff resident Kyle Rosa will harvest beans from his Bluetail Coffee Grove farm in San Marcos for Breakers Coffee + Wine near Del Mar.
At Swell Cafes 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)

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

Adam Burkhart September 3, 2015

(Swell Coffee closed in 2019) 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...

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

Sugar Encinitas: A coffeehouse where everything’s nice

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...

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