Around 1010: Coffee Shops

If you're a coffee lover, you should come hang out with us. According to CNBC, San Diego is one of the top 10 best coffee cities in America... and we are FANS. Every block near the office seems to have a coffee shop and even a few local roasters. While we love them all, these are our go-to favorites:

1. Philz Coffee


This coffee shop is only steps away from the Electra HQ so it's common to see our team pop in and out of Philz on a daily basis. Whether it be to grab a black tea (Robin C's favorite), Mint Mojito coffee or a sweet treat like their creamy jam toast, you could say we could run on Philz. Their staff is incredibly friendly, fun and provide great recommendations when you're feeling indecisive.

2. Surfdog's Java Hut


Another coffee shop close to the Electra office is Surfdog's Java Hut. Armed with some of our collected mugs, Terry and Rudi often grab a house blend, hot cocoa or fruit smoothie. The interior is Hawaiian themed with a hint of San Diego surfer pride. The staff is very friendly; we practically know all of the baristas by name. [Editor's note: the Chunky Monkey smoothie is amazing]

3. Ironsmith Roasters


Ironsmith is on the north side of downtown Encinitas and one of our fantastic local roasters. They have a cool, urban vibe and feature independent artists' work on their walls. Come here if you're on the hunt for a beautifully handcrafted espresso, latte, macchiato, you name it. Between the good vibes and super friendly staff, this place is the spot to enjoy a drink of your choice. Robin C. can be found grabbing a cappucino most mornings at Ironsmith.

4. Better Buzz Coffee


Better Buzz Coffee is a San Diego fan-favorite. With several locations throughout the county, we're happy to have them in the neighborhood. This local roaster is not for the faint of heart when it comes to caffeine and with their menu item called The Best Drink Ever, you better mean business. The open-air atmosphere makes it a popular hangout spot for locals and visitors. It has been featured in a lot of local press and on E! Entertainment. Trust us, this is a great spot to try a new drink.

5. Starbucks


What's a city without a Starbucks? A classic quintessential coffee joint, Wolfgang says that Starbucks is his restaurant subsitute. He visits the location across the street several times a week and orders his favorite Venti Latte while listening to some good tunes. [Editor's note: Let's be real. He goes there every day and it's awesome.]