I enjoyed the coffee so much at the Coffee Box during my recent stay at the Alila Marea in Encinitas, California that I made a special trip to the source of the coffee, Lofty Coffee, on the drive home.
Best Coffee In Encinitas, California
Down the street from the Alila Marea Beach Resort is a lovely coffee shop called Lofty Coffee, which roasts its beans locally and offers superb espresso-based drinks.
Lofty Coffee Company
90 North Coast – Highway 101, Suite 214
Encinitas, CA 92024
7:00AM – 4:00PM (daily)
This is a small coffee chain based in San Diego County with a roasting facility just a few doors down on Highway 101.
We were a bit late in leaving the resort and pulled into the lot at 3:57PM, just three minutes before closing time. I ran in to order the drink, sheepishly apologizing (chairs were already stacked and the counter being wiped). One of the baristas quickly silenced me, stating she was happy to make me drinks (moments later, two more stragglers came in behind me).
Roasted coffee to go and fresh pastries are also available.
I decided to push my luck even further by asking my drink to be put in a “real” cup if I promised to down it in 60 seconds (fact: I adore coffee, but I don’t savor it very long – I always down it very quickly), but was told that the coffee shop is still only using disposable cups due to the pandemic (how long will that stupid excuse go on…?)
Oh, the coffee was superb and unlike the young lady at the Alila Marea, this barista was an artist and made beautiful latte art on my flat white. I also ordered an Americano for Heidi.
The coffee was strong, chocolatey, and yet a bit sour, precisely the way I like it.
Lofty Coffee will be a new coffee shop I seek out in San Diego and when in North County. The Encinitas location features kind staff and delicious coffee…a far better alternative to Starbucks.