There is nothing that compares to that first sip of coffee when you’re tired or experiencing a painful mid-day slump. The stronger, the better - and that’s why we love a good cold brew, especially in this current heat wave.
To help guide you through the multitude of options around San Diego, and also to celebrate National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, we’ve rounded up the very best cold brew spots in town.
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
Dark Horse brews a dark roast cold brew coffee. We love stopping by to grab a cup of cold brew, but it’s especially tasty when paired with one of their vegan donuts.
Various locations. darkhorsecoffeeroasters.com
Coffee & Tea Collective
Coffee & Tea Collective serves up unique roasts of coffee that they roast and package onsite, and their cold brew is treated no differently. It’s freshly made with care and tastes like it. They’ll even let you fill up a 64-ounce growler of it to take home with you.
2911 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. coffeeandteacollective.com
James Coffee Co.
If you’re a fan of James Coffee Co., which offers an ultra-hip, industrial space in the heart of Little Italy, then you’ve got to try their cold brew. It’s strong, highly-caffeinated and will have you buzzing back for more.
2355 India St., Little Italy. jamescoffeeco.com
Better Buzz Coffee
Better Buzz is true to their name, especially when it comes to the cold brew. They offer a traditional cold brew, made with a different single origin coffee each day. Oh, and they serve it extra sweet or on Nitro, for those who like a smooth sip.
Various locations. betterbuzzcoffee.com
Modern Times Cafe
This brand new cafe in the middle of the Modern Times Beer Point Loma location is serving up cold brews of all kinds. Sample a cold brew flight, or just order the super-strong cold brew - either will help you make it through a long day.
3725 Greenwood St., Point Loma. moderntimesbeer.com
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Coffee and donuts make a great team. While you’re grabbing a delicious, hand-made donut from this award-winning shop, don’t skip out on their cold brew. They serve Stumpton brand original cold brew, in addition to chocolate and coconut flavors.
631 B St., downtown. donutbar.tumblr.com
If you’re contemplating a cold brew but think it may lack the flavor of a latte or frap, think again. Holsem brews up a variety of different cold brew flavors, including Nutella, banana nut, ginger snap and lemon meringue that will give your latte a run for its money.
2911 University Ave., North Park. holsemcoffee.com