James Coffee Company – Little Italy

James Coffee Company

James Coffee Co. is all at once a coffee shop, roaster, and home goods store located in the neighborhood of Little Italy, in San Diego, California. Little Italy is the home to their original and central location, but they have also established a coffee shop location in Banker’s Hill, with another location currently in development.

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You Can Get Coffee Sent to Your House!

Their coffee can also be found in six other locations and businesses that James Coffee Co. provides for throughout the coastal California area.  If you don’t fancy stepping out your door for their products, James Coffee Co. sells them online through their website, with their coffee beans also being sold through a monthly subscription service.

Be it online or in their store, James Coffee Co. has a broad selection of goods to be purchased. Beyond consumable offerings, they sell all of the different coffee brewing tools you could possibly need, from French presses, aero presses, milk frothers, decanters, and much more.

There’s More than Just Coffee

Mandatorily, as both a coffee shop and merchandise sales point, they also boast a buffet of branded goods, such as mugs, rings, and high-end clothing in the form of the McKinnon Connection.

James Coffee Co’s unique logo can be found across a majority of their physical goods featuring their name and their signature owl. 

Of course, when it comes to the mugs, it’s what you put inside that matters, and James Coffee Co. has a lot to offer. Six blends make up their roasted repertoire, including the Shop Blend, Night Owl, White Owl, Peter McKinnon Golden Hour, DecafNation, and Three Grades.

As a self-taught bean roaster, James Coffee Co’s focus is in producing artisanal roasts that lend themselves to the lighter side of things, which they say is to promote the fruity flavors.

Hot Drinks, Cold Drinks & Pastries

Using these blends, they form their menu in which they focus on quality over quantity, with hot drinks such as mochas, cortados, macchiatos, honey cinnamon and more.

Under cold drinks there are selections like horchata, cold brew, and coffee soda. Pairing well with coffee come the pastries and baked treats they provide, consisting of creative almond chocolate croissants, Nutella cruffins, and quiches. 

The James Coffee Co. storefront is large, and whether you are stopping in for a coffee or a croissant, you will surely notice the multitude of shops that they share the aptly titled “The Space” with.

Lying under the same roof as James’ coffee roasting operation, there is an optometrist and glasses store, a greeting card shop, a barber shop, a home and hobby supply store, and a salon.

You Can Drink Coffee & Take a Class

The Space is also the place in which James’ multitude of coffee crafting classes occur. With the expansive amount of brewing methods, they sell the tools for, they are knowledgeable of the skills required to use them, and in one and a half hours, they can teach you what you want to know.

Current classes on their calendar include “Intro to Latte Art,” “Public Cupping,” “V60 Coffee Brewing,” and “AeroPress Brewing.” With such a robust list of reasons to do so, stop by James Coffee Co. in Little Italy.


2355 India St, San Diego, CA 92101