In classic 'Brandi' fashion, I decided to celebrate my birthday at the specialty coffee bar, Revolution Roasters - that just opened down the street from my house. I saw the makings of it months ago and until recently forgot it's pending arrival. If it weren't for a stream of not so nice Instagram post lately it probably would not have made it on my radar so quickly. Turns out this hip, clean interior, subway tiled, reclaimed furniture bar has been quite the talk of Oceanside. With 1/2 the locals cursing it's arrival and shaming them for opening in a town that already has several coffee shops (hmm, imagine that - Starbucks) and the other 1/2 excited that O'side is finally getting it's first official 'cool' bar on a street that is definitely up and coming.
The 1 block of PCH 101 that Revolution Roasters sits, is also home to Bull Taco, Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub, Black Sheep Yoga and Rais Case + Mr.B's Luminary Candle shop. In the 4 years I've been here I've seen this area go from partly sketchy to definitely a place I'd want to hang out (at least for a couple of meals, coffee, shopping and some yoga!).
The team/crew behind Revolution Roasters is awesome - I easily spent an hour just watching them work so seamlessly like an orchestra making and creating beautiful lattes, pulling perfect crema and infusing milk with fresh herbs and spices. I had questions; they answered. They filled me in on favorite insider Barista websites, blogs and resources (did you know there is such a thing as Barista Camp?) By the time I had to leave - I had not only experienced a wonderful Cortado, one of the best mixed berry scones - next to my moms; but gained a wealth of knowledge about beans, milk, and roasting that I didn't know before.
Revolution Roasters (in my humble opinion) is exactly what Oceanside needs, it's going to raise it up to a new level, much like all the new craft beer pubs, farm to table restaurants and hipster shops are hoping to do. If we just remember that there is room for everyone and we're all working for the same goal; support local, small business, and grow then maybe that will quiet all the naysayers.
Can't wait for my next visit. :-)