Contraband Coffee and Mission Beach pastries – they’ve chosen some great suppliers at this quirky, laid back independent coffeehouse. It doesn’t have the polish of places like Contraband Coffee and Four Barrel but it is popular with laptop campers.
- Food: 4/5 – You’ll find small eats like Venga empanadas, Chinese coconut buns, croissants, muffins, bagels, Awesome Bars, smoothies, and Beijing Yogurt. The Chinese items were a surprise. I didn’t see any prices posted for the food items.
- Coffee: 5/5 – Contraband espresso drinks made with a La Marzocco machine and pour over coffee. The latte came with nice foam art. Latte very smooth, milk well incorporated
- Wi-fi: 5/5 – Free, unlimited, ask for password at the counter, the network name is Cisco50746, the speed is extra fast
- Ambiance: 3/5 – There are lots of lights that have a yellowish fluorescent glow. The space looks old and the wall colors are pretty terrible (that dark brown). The paint job looks pretty bad. The place still has an old, grungy, thrift store feeling.
- Noise: 3/5 – Patrons who are mostly laptop campers are very quiet, music is not too distracting, but the manager was loud and wouldn’t stop talking
- Plugs: 2/5 – Very few
- Parking: 2/5 – Mostly metered spaces, some 2 hour free spaces, can be tough at times, lots of hills
- Comfort: 4/5 – Many small tables, padded seating, some chairs, warm inside on a cold day
- Bathroom: 3/5 – One unisex one
- Art: 3/5 – Sunrise and sunset paintings for sale, colors aren’t soothing
Tips: Coffee, tea and coffee & tea accessories are available for sale. An ATM is on site.
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