If you want to catch me taking a break, you’ll more than likely find me at the grocery store rather than a coffee shop. See, grocery stores have a one up on coffee shops: I can peruse the aisles before settling in with a prepackaged brew on the patio. Here are a few favorites.
One is Blue Bottle Coffee. I spotted this beauty at the Whole Foods La Jolla for a whopping $3.99 adjacent to the hot food bar. Blue Bottle is well-known coffee roaster headquartered in Oakland and it’s starting to make its way down to San Diego. This brew is unique since it’s New Orlean-style using chicory coffee sweetened with sugar an a bit of milk. It’s has sort of a burnt-woodsy taste in the end that I really like. An added benefit of going to Whole Foods for a coffee break is this chocolate rugelach for a whopping 60 cents!
On trip to Whole Foods Hillcrest, I spied alongside Blue Bottle carton of Stumptown Coffee, a Portland-based roaster. It’s also $3.99 but 16 ounces of pure caffeine goodness that’s presweetened with a bit of sugar and cream — a great deal as opposed to Blue Bottle’s puny 10 ounces! Serving size is suppose to be two but who’s counting when you need caffeine desperately. This visit also yielded a chocolate chip biscotti from the loose cookie bins which I don’t recommend.
Here’s High Brew that I spied from fellow food blogger, Kyten‘s Instagram feed who found this at Fresh & Easy. I was on my way there anyways and got myself a bottle for $2.49. It’s a small can and I really like that it only has 60 calories. Research reveals it’s an Austin-based company. There’s a bit of an aftertaste because of the stevia but I really loved the Mexican vanilla flavor. Other flavors include salted caramel, double espresso and dark chocolate mocha all ringing in at the some calorie count. (Side note: I purchased the other flavors but the person bagging my groceries failed to include them in my bag. I have to make a return trip to either get a refund or get them replaced.)
I love seeing the proliferation of new prepackaged, presweetened coffees hitting the shelves from cities with notable coffee cultures. And it sure beats going to a coffee shop.