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yangjon
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Posted Sat Jan 30, 2010, 6:04pm
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It's a bit north, but I would also check out Zumbar Coffee and Tea.  They serve consistently delicious espresso and milk-based drinks, and they serve a good french press (I had an awesome Yirgecheffe today).

But, Birdrock would definitely be good though if you're looking for good coffee close to the beach (it's across the street!).  There're pastries and little snacks, and free wi-fi too.  Seating can sometimes be tricky though.
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Posted Thu Feb 4, 2010, 11:07pm
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I'm vacationing in the area this week.  There was a news snippet on Bad Ass coffee. I googled it, unfortunately, too far out of the way for me but it looked like a cool place.

However, Pannikin (del mar) is a short walk from where I'm staying.  I didn't think this hidden coffee shop would be busy but it was bustling, all the seats full!  I'm too new to judge coffee but I did enjoy the atmosphere and my coffee after the first taste. BTW, 10 cents off if you bring your own coffee cup.  I was lost on the coffee menu, so I settled for the store brand roasted 2 days ago.  Now I just gotta figure out how I'm going to grind the beans, heh.  Guess there's always the ol' morter & pestle or the food chopper.

If anyone goes to these places I'd love to hear what you think.  I'll be back eventually.
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Posted Fri Feb 5, 2010, 12:30am
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I found "The Living Room" at 59th & El Cajon (?), nearby where I'm staying. OK coffee, good food, good vibe and places to sit and study. There are a few hookah and coffee cafes in the neighborhood - what's up with this? Are there Egyptian immigrants? Haven't tried them yet. There is a Starbucks by SDSU - yuck. UC Berkeley this ain't. Oh well. I need to drive out of the neighborhood and try the other cafes mentioned in this thread.
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yangjon
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Posted Fri Feb 5, 2010, 1:58am
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Hmm, Pannikin has a neat vibe, and I believe there's a fun and quirky bookstore next to it, but the coffee is kind of okay.  It's a notch above charbroiled mc-charbucks, but still not that great.  I tried them out recently, but my cappuccino was soap-bubblicious and not so delicious.  They roast on the darker side, and generally aren't that well-trained on espresso drinks.  If you're around Del Mar, I would definitely visit Zumbar just a few exits down the 5 south.  They roast on site on a Probat, use a la marzocco and mazzer grinders, and use 'em well.  Or you could try Claire's on Cedros off in Solana Beach.  They serve Bird Rock, and are in training (not sure where they're at. they do have good food though!).

If you're close by SDSU, and want to stay around there I'd try Village Coffee.  It's been mentioned around here I think.  They aren't spectacular but also not too bad.  Super close- like 4 miles away from SDSU (10415 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA‎).

BUT, why not go to Caffe Calabria which is pretty close (more or less), even better, and is consistently more delicious.  (3933 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104).  It's about six miles away from SDSU, and also has food and good food close by.
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Posted Sun Feb 28, 2010, 1:47pm
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Suggestions for decent coffee in Ocean Beach area? Thanks.
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