Bird Rock Coffee Roasters continues its coastal expansion with a 1,100-square-foot cafe officially opening on Pacific Beach’s main thoroughfare on Thursday, November 1. The Garnet Avenue spot includes a 500-square-foot patio and was built by all local firms, including Taylor Builders Inc., Baker Architecture, and MY Studio ID, who also designed Bird Rock’s most recent location in Del Mar.
The local roaster, which won 16 medals at this year’s Golden Bean North American Coffee Roasting Awards, will be using a Slayer SteamX espresso machine to brew up its Monkey Bite Espresso and signature drinks; the cafe will also offer batch brew for those on the go. There will be a rotating selection of several single origin coffees, made in an automated pour-over coffee machine called the Poursteady which uses precision motion control for a consistent product. To compliment the coffee menu, there’s a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches as well as made-to-order toasts and housemade yogurt and granola.
Co-owner Jeff Taylor acknowledges that Pacific Beach is close to its original location on La Jolla Boulevard, but he expects to get much more tourist traffic here because of its proximity to Crystal Pier. And this outpost will smartly keep brewing until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday to help fuel the Pacific Beach party crowd. The coffee bar will open at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 7 a.m. on weekends. Taylor says he plans to open a couple more stores in North County next year, including a recently-announced location in Carlsbad’s Bressi Ranch that’s slated for March 2019.