Spill the Beans Coffee & Bagels
I'll admit it: I have a caffeine problem. But...acceptance is the first step, right?!
When I started my new job downtown a month ago (time flies!), I was thrilled to be in close proximity to a dozen new coffee shops after working in a neighborhood that was limited to just a Starbucks. So, I've been hopping around from place to place - from Copa Vida to a French cafe with fantastic iced coffee to Achilles Coffee.
This morning, though, I expanded my walk from the office a bit and ended up at Spill the Beans Coffee & Bagels for a little bit of work and a morning friend date with Dana.
One visit in...and I am hooked.
This new java hot spot is tucked away in the middle of the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego - sandwiched between lofts and The Smoking Gun and across the street from one of my favorite bars - Bang Bang.
Spill the Beans serves up Dark Horse Coffee, homemade bagels, and sandwiches. This morning, I opted for a Pear Cranberry Cinnamon Vanilla bagel (what a mouthful!) with Vanilla Agave Cream Cheese to satisfy my sweet tooth and a drip coffee to kick off the day. Dana ordered up a Caramel Latte. So much yum. My Dark Horse coffee was perfect, and the bagel blew me away. It wasn't too sweet and the homemade cream cheese was the perfect touch.
What blew me away more than the taste (and my caffeine craving being conquered for the AM) was the space. The quaint coffee shop was whitewashed with black and turquoise accents - modern, clean and perfect for busting out some emails. But, it still had a quirky vibe with florescent lights, a beautiful hanging bulb fixture, and plants everywhere. While we there, the barista opened up the large street-facing windows, which let in fresh air. I dig open air vibes, so I was pretty happy. Plus, the coffee shop was already bustling at 7:30 AM with both professionals and travelers, and the contagious bustling energy made me feel pumped up for the final workday of the week.
So, it's official: Spill the Beans may as well be my new workday routine. I'll see you there
What: Spill the Beans
Where: Downtown San Diego
When: 7 AM - 7 PM, daily
My Picks: Cappuccino, Coffee, Pear Cranberry Cinnamon Vanilla Bagel w/ Vanilla Agave Cream Cheese