Food & Drink

The 8 Best Coffee Roasters in San Diego

Published On 05/26/2015 Published On 05/26/2015
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Caffe Calabria
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1. Holsem Coffee 2911 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Holsem Coffee is all about quality, sparing no expense to source the highest-grade beans from all over the globe. This small-batch roaster offers seven roasts daily like Yirgacheffe, Sidamo, and its own Holsem Blend. Beer people, you'll love that they have a 15-tap system that pours a selection of cold brew on nitro. It also offers 18 non-alcoholic blended, shaken and mixed "coffee parlour cocktails" like banana bread (cold brew, banana milk, cinnamon, honey) and lavender (dark chocolate, lavender confetti, milk). These are made from all-natural, house-made nut milks, malts, fruit purées, and syrups created with evaporated cane sugar.

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2. Mostra Coffee 12225 World Trade Dr Ste G, San Diego, CA 92128

Mostra collaborates with a list of breweries like Stone Brewing Co., Karl Strauss, Green Flash, Abnormal Beer Co., and many more. It's only open to the public on Wednesdays and most Saturdays -- you can check it's social media channels for dates. In the mean time, you can buy Monstra's sustainable, fair-trade beans on its website and in select stores, or get bottles of its cold brew at places like Sprouts, The Cork and Craft, and Brother’s Provisions (to name a few). Bottlecraft, Common Theory Public House, and Tap Room all have Mostra’s cold brew on nitro as well.

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3. Caffe Calabria Coffee Roasting Company 3933 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Caffe Calabria's roasting process is extremely hands-on so that they can be sure to reach the peak of flavor. If you want to get your hands on Caffe Calabria's beans you can stop by the café on 30th, order from the website, or pick up a bag at Whole Foods (Hillcrest and La Jolla), Specialty Produce, and at Ballast Point in Little Italy.

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4. The Swell Café 3833 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

If you like your caffeine with a side of ocean breeze, this small-batch roaster is just a block from Mission Beach and has a big outdoor patio where you can breathe it all in. Swell is all about sustainable coffee and being as environmentally friendly as possible. Their coffee roaster is near-zero emissions, the place is lit with L.E.D. lights, they encourage "for-here" cups as opposed to the paper or styrofoam kind, and they recycle, which makes them pretty swell.