A welcome alternative to Starbucks on its way to fuel downtown. WestBean, a local craft coffee company with a roastery on Mission Gorge, is opening up its first storefront on Broadway this September.
Currently a wholesaler to restaurants (Cafe Chloe, Alchemy) and coffee shops throughout San Diego, WestBean is working with BASILE Studio (Ironside Fish & Oyster, Bankers Hill) to build its debut brick-and-mortar in a 700-square-foot space on a busy stretch of west Broadway.
Partner James Rauh likes the locale, calling it "a rare small space in a very high volume area with a fast-paced business crowd," sandwiched between The US Grant and The Westgate hotels.
The shop will boast a few different specialty coffee brewing methods, including Kalita Wave pour-overs, as well include a wall of tap handles for cold-brew coffee.
Along with coffee, Rauh says the shop will sell a custom line of pastries and small-sized food options geared for the "on the go" downtown crowd.