From Pour-Overs to Fresh Roasts: A Few of San Diego’s Best Coffee Bets

As winter approaches and the temperature in San Diego drops from a balmy 70 degrees to a chilly 60 degrees (Ok, I realize our seasonal weather changes are a bit modest), a hot cup of joe is the perfect complement to a brisk day exploring San Diego.

Thanks to several top-notch coffee spots, the Pacific Northwest has nothing on San Diego’s coffee culture. These local coffee houses feature some of San Diego’s best bean brews:

Ryan Bros. Coffee

Ryan Bros. Cofffee San Diego

Ryan Bros. Coffee in Barrio Logan

Ryan Bros. Coffee has been a family operation since 1994. Grab a cup from this micro-roastery before heading out to explore Chicano Park and San Diego’s up-and-coming Barrio Logan neighborhood, recently profiled by the New York Times.

Coffee & Tea Collective

Coffee & Tea Collective San Diego

Pour-over coffee at Coffee and Tea Collective

Opened in 2012 in the North Park neighborhood, the Coffee & Tea Collective is part art gallery and part minimalist coffee-house. They take their coffee so seriously, you might consider each cup a work of art in its own right. Every beverage is lovingly hand crafted: beans are roasted in-house, espresso is pulled from a lever-operated press and drip coffee is made one cup at a time through the pour-over method.

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters San Diego

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in La Jolla

Winner of the 2012 “Roaster of the Year” by Roast Magazine, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters selects only the best organic green beans to roast by hand. The coffee bar also utilizes the pour-over method for a sweet, bright cup of coffee you can enjoy on your way to the nearby beaches.

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!).

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately.

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