The Heart of Little Italy – Heartsleeves Coffee
Little Italy, San Diego
Everyone knows that Little Italy, San Diego has plenty of great coffee shops. But what sets them apart? Every place has its own distinctive personality and flair. How do you find the cafe that fits your style?
I’d like to introduce to you a very unique cafe in the heart of Little Italy that offers a cozy, “I like to take my time drinking my coffee” experience you are searching for. Recently opened, Heartsleeves Coffee aims to provide quality artisan coffee in a people-focused atmosphere. Love coffee and that neighborhood community feel? This is the place for you.
I spent a sunny morning with Brandi, the owner of Heartsleeves Coffee, who graciously answered questions about her new business.
Brandi shared about how her love of coffee really came alive when she visited Costa Rica and a taxi driver showed her a tree where the coffee berries were growing. The coffee culture in Costa Rica, she explained, is relaxed – a sit-down experience. Pour overs, which can take some time to make, are just how everyone drinks coffee there. She explained that she wanted to bring that experience to her own customers – to provide a place where you can drink local craft coffee and simply take your time to enjoy it. For someone who desires quality coffee versus a barista cranking out drink after drink, this would be the place to go.
Why “Heartsleeves” as a Name?
Brandi found inspiration for the name of the coffee shop from a song by Natasha Bedingfield. The lyrics are pretty cool! Check them out here:
“And if I keep my heart open
If I wear it on my sleeve
No matter what life’s throwing
Nothing’s ever gonna get to me.”
~ Natasha Bedingfield
What Make Heartsleeves Cafe Unique?
Heartsleeves brings the atmosphere of a cafe tucked away inside a courtyard, where you can read a book or just catch up with friends. The quality of the drink and the care that goes into each drink is important. They are all about the whole experience of drinking coffee including the coffee, food, decor, and service – they want you to go home and remember that experience as a memorable one.
Throughout the cafe, you’ll notice the art and decor is inspired by an Alice in Wonderland theme. From vintage keys to silverware made from wrenches, you can spot an eclectic assortment of fun items all throughout the cafe.
“Why sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Although at first, Heartsleeves sounds like a cutesy name, Heartsleeves Coffee takes a “sweet with an edge” approach. This plate and tea towel will give you a feel for the unique atmosphere. Check out loveandaesthetics.com for more decor like it.
From artisan coffee drinks, pour overs, house coffee, and a variety of food (including awesome donuts from Devil’s Dozen), you’ll find exactly what suits your coffee time mood.
Heartsleeves gets their coffee from Swell Coffee Co., one of my favorite places for locally roasted coffee in San Diego. I got the house brewed coffee which was a Brazilian roast. It gave me the impression of dark chocolate – a rich tasting coffee that was not too bitter. And that’s all I really need to make me happy.
Hidden away in a quiet courtyard, you’ll find Heartsleeves Coffee a welcome corner of Little Italy to relax and get away from all the hustle and bustle of the main streets. Just off Fir street, look for the Heartsleeves signboard and follow the smell of delicious coffee.
Thanks to Brandi for a lovely chat over coffee! Thanks for making the San Diego coffee experience even more unique and fun!
a girl who dreams