Hawthorn Coffee: A Beyond Normal Coffee Shop in Normal Heights, San Diego

Hawthorn Coffee: A Beyond Normal Coffee Shop in Normal Heights, San Diego

Beautifully lit and architecturally symmetrical, this beyond normal shop buildout in San Diego’s Normal Heights neighborhood may have established Hawthorn Coffee as San Diego's next hottest coffee shop. 

The building's original jade-green tiles rest below a tall and pristine glass facade, encapsulating a bounty of warm and neighborly Adams Avenue vibes. The beautiful wood-trimmed-glass front door is modern, yet classically American. Slightly elevated and smack-dab in the center of the shop, it brings in a lovely sense of balance to the shop.

The Importance of Finding Community: How Specialty Coffee Helped Me Grow, and Why I’m Grateful

The Importance of Finding Community: How Specialty Coffee Helped Me Grow, and Why I’m Grateful

The first time I ever had coffee was when I was dumped by my high school girlfriend. I was depressed, sleep deprived, and working three jobs.

I needed the jolts, and lots of them. 

It first started with a latte from Starbucks. They were the only coffee shop in my neighborhood that didn’t serve a roast by the name of “Breakfast Blend” or "Donut Shop.”

Toucan Café - Medellín, Colombia

Toucan Café - Medellín, Colombia

Finding a Colombian coffee plantation tour with little money and minimal time was frustrating, time-consuming and of course, expensive. But that's okay, because what we got out of it was the next best thing: an unforgettable, (and affordable) coffee education and tasting experience at Toucan Café in the city of eternal spring, Medellín. This super informative, intimate and laid back Coffee Tasting Experience touched on everything from coffee history, to coffee farming, production, exporting, roasting, tasting and brewing

10 Reasons Coffee Lovers Should Visit Cuba

10 Reasons Coffee Lovers Should Visit Cuba

When first deciding to visit Cuba, several things came to mind. Communism, salsa music, food, baseball, beaches, fast Spanish speakers, and of course, coffee. And to be honest, it didn't take long to see all of those in action. People really do dance...all the time. People really do play baseball...everywhere. And people really to drink coffee...well, all the time. So here's why we think any coffee lover should visit Cuba. 

Cafe Don Pepe - Trinidad, Cuba

Cafe Don Pepe - Trinidad, Cuba

This is Cafe Don Pepe in the beautiful colonial city of Trinidad, Cuba. Thick-trunked trees with rubbery leaves shade the intimate concrete tables. They often fall onto the many highlighted Lonely Planet guidebooks you'll find here. But don't be fooled, this place packs a strong social atmosphere that you can feel as you enter through the flaking barn wood doors. 

The elegant stone walls are mustard yellow and littered with ashy writings of Cuban propaganda and coffee cups. The tall alcoves cut into the walls are spewing with signs of former Spanish wealth.