Cafe of the Moment: Communal Coffee

2335 University Ave

San Diego, CA 92104

www.CommunalCoffee.com

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If you’re in the North Park area and in the mood for unique drinks and tasty eats, you have to check out Communal Coffee. They call themselves a craft coffee company, but they also serve tea, lemonade, cold pressed juice, matcha, and more. Our favorite drinks on the menu are the Rose Vanilla Latte, the Sea Salt Caramel Latte, the Sparkling Lavender Lemonade (for those hot summer days), and the Lavender Honey Latte. If you’re hungry, we recommend the Avocado Toast, Lavender Honey Toast, or one of their sweets treats like the Blondie or an Ice Cream Sandwich.

The atmosphere is cheerful and hip – like visiting a carefully curated Instagram feed. In fact, Communal Coffee is practically made for Instagram. They have a collaboration with Native Poppy so the coffee shop is full of beautiful flower bouquets. They also sell fun gifts and cards so be sure to spend some time perusing their selection!

Parking is definitely limited. Like so much of North Park, it’s street parking early. So if you live within walking or biking distance, definitely leave your car at home. But Communal Coffee is definitely well worth the parking struggle!

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Cafe of the Moment: The King’s Craft Coffee Co

14530 Espola Rd

Poway, CA 92064

www.TheKingsCraft.com

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Simply put: we think this is the best coffee and tea shop in Poway! It’s a true hidden gem, hidden down at the end of Twin Peaks Rd. It’s the perfect stop after a morning spent hiking Iron Mountain or Lake Poway (AKA Potato Chip). Not only does this coffee shop have great atmosphere if you plan to spend the morning catching up with a friend or getting some work done, they serve outstanding drinks and baked goods! Plus, all of the servers are super friendly and eager to help you pick out a drink you’ll love.

First, the coffee: people love their lattes and espresso! Whether you want a basic cup of coffee or something more adventurous, King’s Craft has you covered.

If you’re not a coffee drinker, they have plenty of delicious non-coffee options from their Mexican Hot Chocolate (Delicious) to the Lavender Chai Latte (Amazing) to their Iced Teas (yes, even the Iced Tea is worth writing home about!)

Of course, no cup of coffee or tea would be complete without a delicious, fresh-baked pastry. Their scones, muffins, and waffles are all bursting with flavor and are the perfect complement to your drink of choice! They also serve Cravory cookies so if you’ve been wanting a Cravory Cookie without the drive, you can get them at King’s Craft!

The parking lot is a bit small and is right next to a community soccer field, so if you’re visiting on a Saturday morning you might have to park along Espola Rd. But trust us when we say that The King’s Craft Coffee Co is worth the trip!

One more thing we should mention: The King’s Craft is locally owned and operated and they also donate a portion of their sales of select items to non-profit organizations and community youth programs!

 

Cafe of the Moment: Lofty Coffee

132 S Cedros Ave

Solana Beach, CA 92075

wwwloftycoffee.com

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Lofty Coffee Co. is a beautiful, cozy cafe with a simple objective: to sell quality coffee and food in order to satisfy the wants and needs of San Diegans! Lofty Coffee is dedicated to sourcing the most delicious coffee available.  They seek out farms and importers from around the world that grow and transport their beans in a sustainable manner to ensure the quality and consistency of their coffee.

Each location of this local coffee chain is designed to serve as a place that friends and family can meet to enjoy their signature coffee and tea beverages and house made pastries.  All of the Lofty Coffee cafes feature ample patio seating to take advantage of the sunny San Diego weather!

The Solana Beach location on Cedros also serves a food in addition to pastries. Try their poached eggs or granola! For drinks, we recommend getting the Salted Caramel Latte or cold brew coffee.

With two other locations in Encinitas, and Little Italy, each cafe has its own character based on the neighborhood it is located in!  Come check out why everyone is raving about these tasteful coffee shops and order your first Lofty Coffee today!

San Diego’s Best Coffee Shops

No matter how you take your coffee: black or extra sweet, fancy or quick and dirty, there’s a local coffee shop that’s sure to appeal to you!

 

Pappalecco– Little Italy

Cafe Calabria– North Park

Cosmo’s Coffee House– La Mesa

Espresso Mio– Mission Hills

Swell Cafe– Mission Beach

Lestats– Normal Heights and North Park

Better Buzz– Pacific Beach

Cafe Bassam– Bankers Hill

Influx– Little Italy

Eclipse Chocolate– South Park

Rebecca’s– South Park

The Living Room– La Jolla

Cafe 976– Pacific Beach

Pannikin– La Jolla, Encinitas, and Del Mar

Filter Coffee House-Hillcrest

Zumbar Coffee and Tea-Encinitas

The Solana Beach Coffee Company-Solana Beach

Cafe Positano-Rancho Santa Fe

Vinaka Cafe-Carlsbad

Black Rock Coffee Bar-Oceanside

La Costa Coffee Roasting-Carlsbad

Surfdog’s Java Hut-Encinitas

E Street Cafe-Encinitas