An A-frame building, formerly a Wienerschnitzel, on a prime corner of Hillcrest has been repurposed into a new spot for fresh coffee and doughnuts. Copper Top Coffee & Donuts is the first solo project for owner Josh Mccorkle, a vet of the restaurant and coffee industry whose idea combines fast service with high-end quality coffee and doughnuts.
There’s a walk-up counter on W. Washington Street, and a patio with seating, but Copper Top expects to do brisk business via a drive-thru window at the back of the building. Mccorkle’s partner runs Rococo Coffee Roasting in the Northwest, which will be producing a white-label coffee just for the San Diego shop and has future plans to relocate its roastery down here.
All the classic espresso drinks are on offer, as well as specialities ranging from housemade salted caramel and rose vanilla lattes. The doughnuts are cooked fresh to order, and guaranteed to be available all day long. Each variety of the cake-style doughnuts comes in at a reasonable $2 and ranges from the Tortoise with chocolate, caramel and walnuts to the 16 Candles topped with white chocolate, coconut and sprinkles. Eventually, the menu will also include grab-and-go options for breakfast and lunch, including breakfast sandwiches, pastries from Bread & Cie, oatmeal and yogurt parfaits plus smoothies and Bootstrap kombucha on tap
Open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, Copper Top Coffee & Donuts is planning a grand opening celebration on Sunday, January 14 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. that will include a food truck on-site and dollar deals on doughnuts.