Better Buzz coffee/juice bar keeps it fresh in Encinitas

A new coffee and juice bar in Encinitas has been causing plenty of buzz.

The local community seems to have embraced Better Buzz, as the establishment has been catering to a steady stream of customers since opening in August.

It’s the sixth site for the locally based chain, which also has locations in Mission Bay, Point Loma, Pacific Beach, San Marcos and Fashion Valley.

While the beans it uses comes from all over the world (including the Coffee Belt countries in Africa, Indonesia, and Central and South America), the company roasts all its coffees at its facility in Vista. The beans are then distributed to Better Buzz cafes twice a week, ensuring fresh coffees.

The company even has its own special blend, the Black Magic Signature Espresso, combining five types of beans from different regions. It’s described as having a “deep and robust flavor, sweet honey finish with a luscious crema.”

Better Buzz is in the process of becoming a certified organic roaster, according to Daniel Greig, the company’s director of coffee production.

At Better Buzz, patrons can buy the beans that the company roasts or sample the goods in a variety of beverages.

One of most popular selections is the Best Drink Ever, a twist on the Americano that includes Better Buzz’s signature creamy vanilla powder, resulting in a lightly sweetened treat.

At the “Purist Bar,” coffee connoisseurs can choose from classics that range from the double espresso and macchiato to the cappuccino and latte. The refreshing Iced Gibraltor (yes, that’s how they spell it on the menu) features a double ristretto served in a glass with a large ice cube, and organic cream on the side.

Customers can also get java “on tap.” Better Buzz’s big seller is the Cold Brew on Nitro, a single-origin coffee with a foaming head that gives it the appearance of a Guinness stout. The creaminess balances the bitterness and acidity typically found in cold brews (which are also offered at Better Buzz).

Seasonal drinks can be found, too — the latest lineup includes Pumpkin Spice Chai, Gingersnap Tea Latte, Caramel Apple Cider, Snickerdoodle Latte, Maple Latte and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Chai.

While Better Buzz is perhaps best known for its javas, it also sells freshly squeezed organic juices.

The ingredients are delivered throughout the week, and the juices are extracted in the back of the establishment after an order is placed. One example is the Sunny D Street, a tangy blend of orange, lemon, carrot and ginger.

There are also smoothies such as the Moonlight Date, a sweet blend of hemp milk, banana, dates, nutmeg, hemp seeds and agave; and Organic Pink Dragon with pitaya (dragon fruit).

To accompany the drinks, an assortment of pastries, muffins and bagels is delivered fresh daily from Bread & Cie. There’s also the Grilled Breakfast Sandwich, and toasts such as the Organic Avocado, sprinkled with feta and baby tomato slices, and the Nutella with strawberries and bananas, both on thick slices of multigrain bread.

Several bowls are on the menu, as well.

For dessert, there’s the affogato, a combination of gelato and espresso.

Better Buzz is at 578 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, and is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For information, call 760-487-5562 or go to www.betterbuzzcoffee.com.

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