Finding Our Coffee Inspiration

Oreo Latte at Breakfast Republic

How many cups of coffee do you drink each morning before you’re fully awake? Two cups or maybe three? The world consumes nearly 2.25 billion cups of joe every single day. But drinking a cup of coffee in the a.m. isn’t the only way to enjoy the beverage and to help celebrate August as National Coffee Month, here are some other creative ways to consume the pick-me-up.

For a weekend brunch spot that can’t be beat, stop by barleymash in the Gaslamp District. In addition to their brunch food menu, they present many unique cocktails including the Java the Hutt. You will love this delectable drink made with cold brew coffee, Ballast Point Fugu Horchata Vodka, white chocolate, cream and sugar.

The Lil Dude Abides at True North Tavern

On Sundays, True North Tavern in North Park offers another coffee-infused cocktail on their brunch libations menu. As an ode to the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, The Lil’ Dude Abides creation consists of fugu horchata vodka, Kahlua, modern times cold brew, cream and cinnamon. Order this sweet concoction to help kickoff your Sunday Funday.

If you’re in the mood for something a little less sweet and a little more hoppy, head up to Barrel Republic’s Oceanside location. A Mecca for craft beer lovers with a ‘Freedom to Pour’ mentality, you can enjoy a taster or a full pint of Mike Hess Coffee Grazias (Nitro). Barrel Republic rotates their beers on tap so you won’t want to miss out on this cream ale with mellow coffee tones.

While hanging out in Pacific Beach, exploring Hillcrest or shopping at Liberty Station, visit either of the Fig Tree Cafe’s three locations for an energy boost to keep you going. Can’t decide what to order? The California eateries all offer the Caffeine Sampler, a coffee flight consisting of a Latte, Mocha and Mexican Mocha, which are each 4oz.

Gaslamp’s newest addition Spill the Beans works with Dark Horse Coffee Roasters, providing the freshest beans for your cup of Joe. This soon-to-be-open location will have scratch-made bagels and breakfast sandwiches to pair with your coffee. Start your day off right with the perfect pairing.

Breakfast Republic, with locations all over the San Diego area, make Specialty Lattes like no one else. It will be tough to choose between the breakfast republic (vanilla, chai and mocha), Oreo cookie, Mexican mocha or salted caramel latte. Your sweet tooth will be begging you to try them all!

To kickstart a full day of fun, pack the family in the car and drive to Park101 which just opened in Carlsbad in July. With a wide variety of food and drinks, you will want to hone in on their Deli & Dough menu. Order the Park House Brew or choose between six caffeinated beverages, all of which can be made with milk or alternatives such as soy, almond or coconut milk. If you are needing an extra kick, additional shots or flavors can be added!

Whether coffee-infused cocktails perk your interest or an extra jolt is needed to wake you up each morning, these beverages are sure to have you jazzed for National Coffee Month. Get out to any of these locations to keep you energized for the entire month of August!