If you’re wondering where they are located, they are at field level between the Western Metal building and the Ballast Point Beer Garden. They are full service offering everything from a pourover to espresso.
Coffee fans, a’hem, Padres' fans were rumored to be singing, “Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd, buy me some coffee and cracker jacks, I don't care if I ever get back, let me root, root, root for the home team. If they don't win it's okay… For it's one, two, three shots you're buzzed at the old ball game!”
And now you know why I don’t get paid to do this ;).
Happy Coffee-ing San Diego!
Coffee, Rock Stars & Film Blunders—Oh my!
Here’s a time lapse short of roasting organic Colombian beans with roast master David Kennedy. He, in addition to his Dad and Brother, run a small batch coffee company based out of Poway, CA called James Coffee Co. They currently have an online store as well as attend local events from time to time.
In fact, it was his participation in the second Coffee For A Cause event in March 2013, benefiting the EOD Warrior Foundation, that I first made his acquaintance. He was a little unsure about making his public debut in coffee, so of course we made him the first station as the crowds poured in the door (you’re welcome). He and his Father handled it like pros and he made more than a few fans that day; locals and fellow roasters alike.
Sadly, on this occasion, because it was my first time filming, I accidentally filmed our whole interview in time lapse on mute. Epic fail.
However, it would be hard for a film novice such as myself to visually translate just how thrilling it was to see the seed of the coffee cherry go from a pale sage green to an earthy brown. Or what it was like to finally hear the first crack of the coffee beans rather than just read about it.
And the aroma… No video has scratch and sniff technology anyway, so I don’t know if there was a way to allow you to really get the full experience even if I were a film guru. Just reaffirms that there is no substitution for first hand experience.
David poured me a fresh mug once the beans had cooled enough to brew up with his Hario pour over system. We sat for what seemed like hours at a table he made in his metal works shop talking about everything; life, family, health, personal endeavors…
The freshly roasted Colombian sweetened as it cooled; we noted between childhood memories of growing up surrounded by family in small town America. David recommended being aware of how the coffee would change over the next four days.
About the fourth day, it had reached perfection. So good. Up until this moment, I had no idea coffee changed a little in the few days after being roasted. I knew if you waited too long, it definitely changed, but not that there was a “settling” period after roasting. You live and you learn.
I must confess, I’m happy that I didn’t have any foreknowledge of Angels & Airwaves popularity, or even that he was a musician before doing the interview. And the answer is YES, I live in an undisclosed location deep beneath the Earth’s crust. There’s no YouTube or MTV down there. Wait, is MTV still on? Do they play music or just so-called “reality” shows about pregnant teens?
"Hi, my name is Jessica, I love coffee and occasionally kicking it with Rock Stars."
I can hear my Sister, Ann, audibly calling me a DORK. It’s weird. I’ve seen the videos now. The music’s good. Really good. But David is still just David Kennedy the new Roaster in town, who has a metal works shop that fondly reminds me of my Grandpa’s workshop, who works on motorcycles, use to race them and created a cool roasting room encased in glass out of salvaged doors (seriously cool stuff).
Being a musician is just one part of the picture. He’s like an old friend you see when you go back home who has a lot of different irons in the fire and is just super chill to hang or whatever.
And like a friend, David has encouraged me to give this film making endeavor another take, so you can expect to see more of him and hear more about what he’s roasting up in the future. He’s definitely building local buzz around his coffee from people, who like me, know him only as the new roaster on the block.
Until next time my coffee loving friends, remember to tip your Baristas and stay classy San Diego!
Suspended coffee is now available in San Diego! For those not familiar with the concept read this recent post outlining the practice sweeping the nation.
Where can one commit this simple act of kindness? Currently, at either the Poway Farmer’s Market on Saturdays or at the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market on Sundays. Just look for Robin Sherman (below) and the colorful banner on her mobile coffee house that reads DIVINE MADMAN COFFEE!
So what happens if you buy a suspended coffee and it doesn’t get used the same day you might ask? Easy. Robin gives you a choice at the time you purchase: You can have it carry-over to the next market or at days end designate it to go in The Fund For Animals donation can she has at her booth. Either way, you’ll spread the warm and fuzzies or it will go to the warm and fuzzies.
I’m a huge fan of suspended coffee. If your cafe or coffee house has adopted this pay it forward act of kindness, contact me. I’d love to let San Diego know!
Thanks for the submission David! The first photo to go on my virtual coffee house walls. I almost forgot I had an Open Mic page! If you have art, poetry, prose or music (has to be your own) you’d like to share, please do. Coffee luv xox
Four. Photo By David Hanjani