New Breakers cafe specializes in great wines, California coffee

Breakers Coffee and Wine hopes to become your new favourite local spot by offering a rotating wine list served by the glass, bottle, or tasting flight, as well as grove to cup small-batch coffee grown right here in Southern California.

The relaxed yet stylish lounge with outdoor patio has been open since late October at Del Mar Highlands Town Center. It is located just steps from the popular Sky Deck. Breakers, according to owner Kyle Rosa, is intended to be an experiential space, a “House of Flights” offering coffee flights (referred to as cuppings), wine flights, beer flights, and even mimosa flights.

Breakers sources green coffee directly from farmers and co-ops and roasts it all on-site using a small batch roaster affectionately nicknamed Little Boy Blue due to its blue hue. Cyrus the Great is their flagship roast, a bright yet creamy blend of Brazil and Ethiopia beans named in honour of his father. It is used in espresso drinks such as cappuccino and Sugar on Snow Latte with maple syrup.

The wine list will rotate frequently and will include up to 30 selections (the Bichi, Mistico Field Blend from Tecate, Mexico has been a hit), while the beer menu will feature local favourites such as Pure Project and Burgeon. Breakers has already collaborated with Burgeon—the Carlsbad brewery used Burgeon’s Ancestor java roast to create Coffee Break, a golden stout.

To complement the drinks, the cafe serves “California comfort food” from an ever-changing menu that includes fresh O’Briens pastries, smoked salmon benedict, housemade cornbread, jam-toasted brioche, salads, flatbreads, and a fully-loaded charcuterie board.

Breakers will eventually serve coffee directly from Rosa’s farm in San Marcos, Bluetail Coffee Grove.

Rosa has always been drawn to agriculture; he grew up in Vermont surrounded by farmland and jokes that he obtained his tractor licence before obtaining his driver’s licence. “Being from Vermont, farming is in our blood,” he explained.

He moved to San Diego approximately ten years ago before relocating to San Francisco to work in finance and accounting for technology companies such as Uber. He returned to San Diego, where his wife Erika grew up, in order to raise a family (she is a Torrey Pines High School alum). The couple now resides in Cardiff with daughter Harlee and son Austin, who is six months old.

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