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12 New Coffee Shops To Try In San Diego

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With the local craft coffee community enticing well-respected, heavy hitting roasters from Portland and San Francisco to our shores, it's fair to say San Diego's specialty coffee shop business is booming. Whether into single origin pour-overs, Chemex or cold brew on nitro, here's where to fuel up in style at one of a dozen recently opened and newer spots around town.

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Coava Coffee Roasters

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Portland transplant, and one of the nation’s most revered craft coffee companies, recently debuted its first out-of-town café inside The Westin San Diego. A regular supply of fresh product from the Pacific Northwest fuels the all-day coffee bar, which offers a revolving pour-over and espresso menu, Spirit Tea, cold brew on tap, plus beer and wine.

Spill The Beans Coffee And Bagel

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Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends this sleek cafe offers espresso drinks and cold brew from local Dark Horse Coffee Roasters and scratch-made “California-style” bagels, from roasted garlic and herb to bacon and white cheddar.

Scrimshaw Coffee

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This hip coffee shop tucked along El Cajon in Rolando boasts a simple menu divided into three categories: espresso, coffee (made using Dark Horse beans), and not coffee. With food coming soon, for now there are muffins, croissants and other baked goodies to snack on. Grammer’s will make a beeline for Verne, a friendly-looking whale logo adorning the back wall.

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The Forum Coffee House

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This modish new cafe on Genessee serves creative beverages (coffee drink The Fanatic and the Lavender mocha are must tries), nitrogen cold brew coffee and tea in addition to sweet and savory toasts.

James Coffee Co

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Standout San Diego purveyors James Coffee Co just launched their second location in The Louie, a slick new residential complex in Bankers Hill. Open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily the new 500-square-foot coffee bar includes a patio on the ground floor, plus the full range of espresso-based beverages crafted from house-roasted beans.

The Bean Counter

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This charming little neighborhood coffee shop in South Mission Hills offers terrific organic coffees from Revolution Roasters, French teas, plus pastries and baked goods, including fresh croissants every Saturday.

The Forum Coffee House

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Copa Vida

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The latest relaxed and airy offering from Copa Vida can now be found along Broadway. Food options are somewhat limited (for brunch or lunch head to the East Village outpost), but drinks-wise the personable baristas can brew you the perfect hot pressure macchiato, single-origin espresso or set you up with a pot of fine tea.

Coffee Hub and Café

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Open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends, this 800-square-foot eatery is a celebration of caffeine and cycling culture. Here you’ll find a full array of espresso drinks powered by local roaster Swell Coffee Co., plus menu items from breakfast flatbread to caprese eggs Benedict, soups and salads. https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/coffee-hub-and-cafe-san-diego?select=Ho98OefGP7GThG8xkMhR1Q

Coffee Hub and Café

Brew Coffee Spot

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La Mesa’s new urban-rustic coffeehouse uses organic beans sourced from San Diego’s Café Virtuoso in its range of brewed beverages of pour-overs, café au lait and various lattes, a cold nitro brew that’s keg-aged for a few days, plus crafty espressos such as affogato with vanilla bean ice cream and Viennese spiked with honey and cinnamon.

Lofty Coffee Little Italy Cafe And Bakery

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Enjoy a range of espresso and coffee drinks, plus cold brews at Lofty Coffee Co.’s latest outpost in Little Italy. Alongside the well-regarded local roaster’s line of from-scratch pastries, croissants and cookies you’ll also find dishes like poached eggs, salads and panini.

Lofty Coffee Little Italy Cafe & Bakery

Philz Coffee

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Encinitas residents linger with laptops while sipping pour-over custom-blended drip coffee - made using 20 plus signature coffee blends no less - at this San Francisco-based transplant. Philz baristas can also customize each cup or mix up well-known specialty drinks, like the Mint Mojito iced coffee and Tantalizing Turkish if you're in the mood for something more.

Coava Coffee Roasters

Portland transplant, and one of the nation’s most revered craft coffee companies, recently debuted its first out-of-town café inside The Westin San Diego. A regular supply of fresh product from the Pacific Northwest fuels the all-day coffee bar, which offers a revolving pour-over and espresso menu, Spirit Tea, cold brew on tap, plus beer and wine.

Spill The Beans Coffee And Bagel

Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends this sleek cafe offers espresso drinks and cold brew from local Dark Horse Coffee Roasters and scratch-made “California-style” bagels, from roasted garlic and herb to bacon and white cheddar.

Scrimshaw Coffee

This hip coffee shop tucked along El Cajon in Rolando boasts a simple menu divided into three categories: espresso, coffee (made using Dark Horse beans), and not coffee. With food coming soon, for now there are muffins, croissants and other baked goodies to snack on. Grammer’s will make a beeline for Verne, a friendly-looking whale logo adorning the back wall.

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The Forum Coffee House

This modish new cafe on Genessee serves creative beverages (coffee drink The Fanatic and the Lavender mocha are must tries), nitrogen cold brew coffee and tea in addition to sweet and savory toasts.

James Coffee Co

Standout San Diego purveyors James Coffee Co just launched their second location in The Louie, a slick new residential complex in Bankers Hill. Open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily the new 500-square-foot coffee bar includes a patio on the ground floor, plus the full range of espresso-based beverages crafted from house-roasted beans.

The Bean Counter

This charming little neighborhood coffee shop in South Mission Hills offers terrific organic coffees from Revolution Roasters, French teas, plus pastries and baked goods, including fresh croissants every Saturday.

The Forum Coffee House

Copa Vida

The latest relaxed and airy offering from Copa Vida can now be found along Broadway. Food options are somewhat limited (for brunch or lunch head to the East Village outpost), but drinks-wise the personable baristas can brew you the perfect hot pressure macchiato, single-origin espresso or set you up with a pot of fine tea.

Coffee Hub and Café

Open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends, this 800-square-foot eatery is a celebration of caffeine and cycling culture. Here you’ll find a full array of espresso drinks powered by local roaster Swell Coffee Co., plus menu items from breakfast flatbread to caprese eggs Benedict, soups and salads. https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/coffee-hub-and-cafe-san-diego?select=Ho98OefGP7GThG8xkMhR1Q

Coffee Hub and Café

Brew Coffee Spot

La Mesa’s new urban-rustic coffeehouse uses organic beans sourced from San Diego’s Café Virtuoso in its range of brewed beverages of pour-overs, café au lait and various lattes, a cold nitro brew that’s keg-aged for a few days, plus crafty espressos such as affogato with vanilla bean ice cream and Viennese spiked with honey and cinnamon.

Lofty Coffee Little Italy Cafe And Bakery

Enjoy a range of espresso and coffee drinks, plus cold brews at Lofty Coffee Co.’s latest outpost in Little Italy. Alongside the well-regarded local roaster’s line of from-scratch pastries, croissants and cookies you’ll also find dishes like poached eggs, salads and panini.

Lofty Coffee Little Italy Cafe & Bakery

Philz Coffee

Encinitas residents linger with laptops while sipping pour-over custom-blended drip coffee - made using 20 plus signature coffee blends no less - at this San Francisco-based transplant. Philz baristas can also customize each cup or mix up well-known specialty drinks, like the Mint Mojito iced coffee and Tantalizing Turkish if you're in the mood for something more.

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