During my recent stay at Alila Marea in Encinitas, California, I enjoyed coffee in the Coffee Box so much that while driving home, I went on a special trip to a coffee source, Lofty Coffee.
Best Coffee In Encinitas, California
Down the street from Alila Marea Beach Resort is the magnificent Lofty Coffee, which locally roasts beans and offers premium espresso-based drinks.
Lofty Coffee Company
90 North Coast – Highway 101, Apartment 214
Encinitas, CA 92024
7:00 – 16:00 (every day)
It’s a small chain of cafes based in San Diego County with roasting just a few doors down on Highway 101.
We missed a bit with the departure from the resort and landed in the parking lot at 3:57 p.m., just three minutes before closing. I ran to order a drink and shyly apologized (the chairs were already folded and the counter wiped). One of the baristas quickly silenced me and stated that she was happy to make me a drink (a moment later two more behind me came).
Roasted coffee and fresh pastries are also available.
Is lofty Coffee Organic?
I decided to drive my happiness even further by asking them to put my drink in the “right” cup if I promised to drink it in 60 seconds (fact: I love coffee, but I don’t enjoy it for very long – I’m always down very fast), but we were told that due to the pandemic, the cafe still only uses disposable cups (how long will this stupid excuse last …?)
Oh, the coffee was top notch and unlike the young lady in Alila Marea, this barista was an artist and did wonderful latte art on my flat white. I also ordered Americana for Heidi.
Who owns lofty coffee?
The coffee was strong, chocolatey, but a bit sour, just the way I like it.