Kiss My Glass: Why can’t we be friends


Mike Arquines landed far away from his original career path — nursing — but is relieved that the deviation led him to a point where he gets to wake up happy to do what he does every day.

As the head roaster and co-owner of Mostra Coffee, as well as the chef/owner of The LAB Dining Sessions, it could be said that Arquines is one of the biggest collaborators in all of San Diego. In the five years since Mostra first opened, from beer to other coffee roasters and dinners, he has been a part of hundreds of collaborations.

In this episode of Kiss My Glass, host Edwin Real of Facebook group Eating and Drinking In San Diego talks to Arquines about:

  • Veering away from the “expected” career path
  • Interning at Le Bernardin by Eric Ripert in New York City
  • Opening Cork & Craft in Rancho Bernardo
  • Five year anniversary of Mostra Coffee
  • Bottle it and they will come, what it’s like at special release events with Mostra Coffee
  • If breweries can collaborate, why not coffee roasteries, too?
  • San Diego is a cold brew city
  • The whale maker: More than 300 collaborations worldwide in the past five years
  • Hip hop collaboration
  • The secondary market for specialty collaborations
  • Has a collaboration ever gone wrong?
  • Building camaraderie in the process of collaboration
  • Future plans for expanding
  • At home coffee tools

Kiss My Glass is a collaboration between PACIFIC and Facebook group Eating and Drinking in San Diego.

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The LAB Dining Sessions

Instagram: @thelabdining

Mostra Coffee

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @mostracoffee

12045 Carmel Mountain Rd., #302, Carmel Mountain


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