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The Coffee adventures is weekly review of coffee shops local to the San Diego area.

the Coffee Adventures: Cafe Hue

Whiskers on kittens, raindrops on roses these are a few of my favorite things. Pause, wait a moment, hold on. Shouldn’t the song go? waffles with Nutella, iced coffee with french vanilla these are my favorite things. This is a much more accurate version.

Nutella waffles are a gift from heaven.

Thank goodness for recommendations from friends. Without JJ & Rachel’s suggestion I would never have found Cafe Hue. Not only do they serve a mean iced Americano, have awesome window art, but they serves waffles! If you should know anything about me, it is that I am a waffle fanatic. You can bet I will visit Cafe Hue again. Not only is Cafe Hue close, but waffles. I was so busy eating my waffle, that I forgot to take a picture that I could share. You will just have to close your eyes and imagine bitting into a golden waffle slathered with a generous layer of Nutella. If that isn’t worth getting excited about, I don’t know what is.

My coffee shop criteria just got thrown out the window, because waffles. Let’s take a moment though to review.

1) Free wifi – Check, password is on the glass by the counter
2) Plenty of tables/chairs – Check
3) Accessible outlets – Not sure, let me check back with you
4) A good dirty chai tea latte, No, order an iced Americano

Let’s add a 5th criteria.

5) Waffles – CHECK!

You can get waffles with Nutella or with gelato, or even a waffle sandwich with avocado! This review has become less about Cafe Hue and more so why waffles are awesome. Still since Cafe Hue has waffles, you should visit. Cafe Hue is in Kearny Mesa: 3860 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111 And you can find them on Yelp.

Don’t take my word, you can read another review here.

The Coffee Adventures: the Kettle

the Kettle, coffee & tea Escondido

This Wednesday morning, I find myself in Escondido, CA. While it may be farther from the coast and cool ocean breezes that I love. The Kettle, coffee & tea proves to be an oasis on this warm summer day. While I drive through Escondido on the fifteen headed north fairly often, I seldom have reason to stop. That may change. Any coffee shop that has their wifi password hanging just inside the door is sure to a favorite of mine. And their unique take on the vanilla latte, seconds that thought. Any iced drink with vanilla bean is sure to be refreshing.

Of course, it is not french vanilla. But then some would argue that vanilla bean is the only real choice. If you haven’t explored the differences between vanilla, lean back and learn.

There are two decidedly opinionated camps when it comes to vanilla: vanilla bean and french vanilla. Whether you are pouring creamer into your coffee, choosing which type of ice-cream is best served with a pizzookie, or even ordering a vanilla latte. You can be sure to encounter this argument. And to be sure it is a discussion worth having. Would you rather eat melt in your mouth pizzookie with creamy french vanilla or vanilla that still has bits of bean lingering in it? This is the choice before you. It is not whether you want vanilla, but which vanilla you want.

Vanilla is not as plain as you may have thought.

Now that you have been informed, and you can decide if a vanilla bean latte is right for you. Let’s get back to the Kettle, as the point above really has nothing to do with this fine establishment. A combination of chairs & tables along with comfortable oversized chairs that one just sinks into, it presents a charming mix perfect for homework or just spending time with someone. And did I mention that they have a delightful little porch on the the sidewalk that poses as a boardwalk of sorts? And while they don’t have an abundance of outlets, there is an adequate amount.

escondido main street

If you find yourself driving down Main Street in Escondido be sure to stop by. Parking is free!

live life,

Jacob

the Coffee Adventures: Influx Cafe, North Park

If you like the atheistic of Influx coffee, you would love 8twenty8‘s event location (getting married anyone?). Both have an industrial feel, that lets you imagine the possibilities. Per my usual, I ordered a vanilla latte, which was just as good as Bird Rock’s offering in my opinion.

I would note to two things, make that three. While I originally planned to go the the Little Italy location, it was to small for my taste. I like a coffee shop with room to breathe, and where I won’t be a nuisance if I stay a couple of hours to blog or edit. So I ended up at the North Park Location.

Second. there was only one barista on bar and taking orders. During the morning rush, any line built up quickly. Which at first, brought on sad thought of waiting that long for my morning cup of coffee. Thankfully the barista was very efficient, and the line moved at a fair pace.

Lastly, Influx placed their outlets with a bit of stealth. I had all but packed up my laptop backpack to leave, before I noticed another customer plugged in. My MacBook was on the verge of death by battery. So finding out that I need not go in search of another coffee shop, I was quite relieved. At first glance it appears that there are no outlets for the bench seat spanning the left side of the shop. On further investigation, one finds that there are indeed outlets. They are neatly tucked in underneath the seat. I literally had to get on my knees to reach the outlet. It may have been my lack of observation, but I hold to my first claim. They don’t want customers finding the outlets.

Between the smallness of the Little Italy location, and lack of outlets, my first impression wasn’t favorable. But thanks to the random (Sherlock) customer that saved the day by sharing the location of the outlets. I may venture back to Influx in the future.

live life,

Jacob

the Coffee Adventures: Lestat’s on Park

There are only nine minutes left in Wednesday as I write this blog post. But it is only fitting for the coffee shop I am reviewing today. When I first moved to San Diego to finish my bachelors degree at San Diego Christian College, I was desperately looking for a coffee shop that could match my expert level of procrastination i.e. somewhere I could study study late. Enter Lestat’s on Park.

One of the only 24/7 coffee shops in San Diego, Lestats was a Godsend. It allowed me to finish papers, due the next day the night before. Not the best study habit, but the perfect motivation. No need to raise your hand if this describes your study habits as well. Thanks to Lestat’s powerful Americano’s and their late hours, I was able to pull all nighters and successfully turn in completed homework on time.

Tonight once again Lestats proved vital. This week I started Craft Business Bootcamp. It feels like I am taking a summer class all over again. But it is refreshing to be challenged and learn how I can improve my business.  Yet once again, I need to get work done. Knowing myself, my desk is to close to my bed, for me to resist the temptation of the call of sleep. Off to Lestats I went.

I prefer the Park location, It used to be much less crowed and proved to be a quieter place to study and write papers then the original Lestats. While this may not be the case any longer, it still proves to be one of the only options. Unfortunately the popularity of Lestats with students and night owls is proving to be too much for their wifi. Even as I write this post, I have had to reconnect to a different hotspot several times. This is particularly true during finals for USD, UCSD, or SDSU. Once connected the wifi speed is tolerable, which is more then I can say for some neighboring Starbucks.

Thankfully Lestats on Park meets all four of my coffee shop criteria:

1) Free wifi
2) Plenty of tables/chairs
3) Accessible outlets
4) A good dirty chai tea latte

And even proves to offer another selling point. They never close. Their kitchen never closes. For night owls such as myself this proves awesome.

live life,

Jacob