I met up with a friend over the weekend to try this place and there were all kinds of great things about it. Spill The Beans Coffee & Bagel is located in downtown San Diego, which already lets you know that the decor will be fun and definitely more likely to cater to a younger crowd.
As soon as you walk in you are greeted by this awesome wall art of a massive coffee pot with the hashtag POTHEAD – which to me is absolutely hilarious. The decor is super fun and trendy, but they also let you know that this is a place where you can work/study. Their bar sitting area has the most electricity outlets I’ve even seen, so you know you can hang there and get things done.
Now onto important stuff- this shop has partnered with Dark Horse Coffee – a local favorite and a place dear to my heart since they were my first experience with with micro-roasters and craft coffee ( they helped me graduate from Starbucks!). While I was there I got my standard order of a cortado and americano. The Spill the Beans barista’s totally make this roaster proud when crafting the coffee drinks. The cortado was balanced and strong, highlighting the beans perfectly. The americano was smooth with chocolatey undertones. My friend helped me with the sweeter stuff and tried their iced mocha. This was slightly different from most mochas in that it has tiny little pieces of chocolate. The chocolate flavor was rich providing a nice compliment to the espresso.
Along with our coffees we also ordered some of their bagels which in my opinion were delicious. I do have to point out that the texture is different from most bagels I’ve had. They are not as chewy or dense, they feel just a bit lighter. If you go there for the coffee, please have the bagels as well, they are a great pairing.
This shop was a lot of fun, from their baristas, to the decor, and the location. I can’t wait to go back and try a few different coffee options as well as more bagels ☺
Purist scale: 3 sips out of 5
Decor: 4 sips out of 5
Location: 4.5 sips out of 5
Spill the Beans Coffee and Bagel
555 Market St,
San Diego, CA 92101