Best Coffee Shops in Pacific Beach
Wake up and smell the coffee in San Diego. Whether it's a part of your morning ritual or you're a full-blown caffeine addict, keep reading for the top local coffee shops in Pacific Beach to grab a simple cup of joe or your favorite espresso treat.
Better Buzz is one of the most recognizable coffee spots in the neighborhood and spreads the mantra, “Life’s Better Buzzed." With multiple coffee shops in Pacific Beach, Better Buzz is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers as an organic coffee roaster and strives to source Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance coffee. If you're unsure what to order, try the very popular Best Drink Ever: a classic Americano with their signature creamy vanilla concoction.
Featuring beans from award-winning San Diego roaster Ryan Bros Coffee, Lava Java is a convenient grab-and-go café located in the lobby at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa. The menu highlights classic coffee choices such as a latte, a cappuccino, or an iced coffee, and is an ideal location for taking your drink to-go for an energizing walk around the beautiful Mission Bay pathway.
Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
Consistently considered one of the top-rated roasters in San Diego, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters recently opened a coffee shop in Pacific Beach on Garnet Avenue. From sourcing beans to the perfect pour over technique, the baristas are serious about their coffee. The company was even recognized as Roaster of the Year in 2012, a reputable national award given by Roast Magazine. For an educational experience, check out their ongoing cupping events where guests learn a special technique to evaluate coffees and get to know its flavors and aromas.
Swell Coffee Co.
Founded in 2011, the Swell Coffee Co. team works with directly with farms and farmers, importers, and co-ops to source their beans. They focus on single-origin coffees from around the world and roast in small batches to capture the unique flavor of each origin. If you fall in love with these roasts, you can purchase a bi-weekly or monthly subscription online and whole beans will be delivered right to your doorstep.
The Grounds Bean Bar
Hip decor including tropical wallpaper, gold mirror accents, and outdoor picnic tables set the stage for this trendy neighborhood gem. The Grounds Bean Bar offers coffee fans looking for a new twist espresso drinks like the Black Sesame with activated charcoal and black sesame maple or the Cafe Rose with rose water and agave nectar. Beans are sourced from local roasters James Coffee and Virtuoso, and locals pair their drink with one of their specialty avocado toasts.