In keeping with my theme of California and coffee, I found myself cruising along the iconic coastal Highway 101, pausing along the road to take my typical coffee stops. Little did I know, the Coffee deities had a pleasant surprise brewing for me. I felt my intuition guide me to make an unexpected stop in front of a future coffee shop that was undergoing construction. When I saw that a small group of people were gathered in front of the building, I found my curiosity piqued.
I introduced myself exuding my local girl friendliness and was rewarded with an introduction to Matt Delarosa and Raul Macias: the owners of this new establishment. It seems that my inner coffee guide had not failed me as they had gathered with friends to brainstorm ideas for the outdoor aesthetics of the shop.
My dog and I were spoiled with a VIP tour of their new coffee shop: Ironsmith Coffee ! With low counter tops, custom welded windows and drink rests, a big roll up door creates an industrial yet unique atmosphere- perfect for San Diego. Not only are the furnishings expertly crafted by owner, Raul Macias but the shop is also outfitted with top-notch machinery. There is a fancy Dedrich roaster in the corner, because they do roast their own beans; a built in pour-over display and a Slayer espresso machine at the counter.
Slayer's are unique machines in that they custom control the output water flow into the beans unlike any other. The various outflow settings allow the ability to use almost any bean as an espresso because it can take the varied time needed to pull out the flavor desired by the barista. What people do not realize, is there are only a few varieties of beans that can be used for creating espresso do to the quick flavor curating time, but with a Slayer you open up to things like single origin coffees and find a custom extraction level to simply geek out on in a new way to brew an exquisite bean. Sounds like a lot? Well ask Matt Delarosa more on their Instagram Ironsmithcoffee, because I had no idea the depth of these machines either.
Finally my favorite part of the shop is the ROAST sign above the bar, it's what I believe to be the most iconic moment in the place. It was found stored in the back of the adjacent auto shop and had been sitting the for 50 years! Marvelous restoration and mounting is going to bring this little historic piece back to life and I can't wait to see it with the lights on. Haha!
Want to know more? Check out their website and countdown till opening here Ironsmithcoffee.com.