caffeine chronicles | 01: communal coffee

Meeting an Instagram friend IRL! @thisgirlnamedchristian
I used to think that coffee was gross. Back in the Philippines, I would always watch my mom make coffee in the morning and sometimes a second cup in the afternoon.  I never thought I'd be a coffee person; coffee was for the moms and dads, the titos and titas but not for me. However, like most adults I know, I started drinking this caffeinated liquid gold in college. It seemed a better alternative to Red Bull or Mountain Dew. Coffee kept me company throughout university life, my first two years of employment, our wedding planning, writing sessions, conversations with friends, and of course, my daily proclivity for introversion.

I regret not exploring more coffee shops in the Philippines but now that I'm living in a new country, I want to make sure I scope out my area better. I'm starting at North Park--a hip neighborhood teeming with local restaurants, craft brewery, and cafes here in San Diego. My first stop in this lifelong coffee crawl is Communal Coffee.



Communal Coffee is also home to a flower shop called Native Poppy. That's right, they sell flowers right inside the cafe, hence the bold wall you see in the photo above. Coffee + flowers together is a good combination--both can delight and perk anyone up!


Native Poppy also has an array of specialty items like stationery (including really witty and lovely-looking cards), artisan candles, and other quirky items. I read on the website that they also arrange flowers for special events.


My first drink at Communal was an extra hot honey lavender latte and dang, son, that drink was amazing. They serve coffee from San Francisco-based coffee company Sightglass. I've also tried their vanilla bean latte--try it iced for a hot day. I wonder where they get their almond croissants from because that was quite delectable as well. The dough was soft and moist with enough crunch on the outside and inside. They didn't skimp on the shaved almonds.

On my first visit to Communal, I met up with a lovely lady I connected with through Instagram. Her name is Christian. It was my first time doing an "instameet" and I'd say the experience was fun! Christian and I had a good talk over delicious coffee for about a couple hours, basking in the perfect San Diego weather.

Overall, I'd rate my experience with Communal Coffee 5/5 stars. Friendly staff, adorable interiors, quirky products, and flowers to boot.

Communal Coffee
located at 2335 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
Monday to Saturday, 6:30 am to 6 pm. 

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