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Zumbar at Zel’s
Dolores Davies | Crest Road

Zumbar Coffee now serving their stellar coffee at Zel’s kiosk.
Photo Dolores Davies.  Click to enlarge.

If you have a hankering for a Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino or some other sugar-laden faux coffee drink, our local coffee chain will be happy to serve you. On the other hand, if you are more of a purist when it comes to your java and prefer well-brewed coffee with a robust and distinctive flavor, you are in luck, because Zumbar Coffee has arrived in Del Mar! Their new outpost is a coffee kiosk in front of Zel’s restaurant, and they are currently open every day, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Zumbar Coffee & Tea is a boutique coffee roasting company with coffee shops in Sorrento Valley and Cardiff, with a loyal following among San Diego coffee connoisseurs and plain old coffee lovers. Founded in 2003 by Steve Rayle, Zumbar takes an artisan approach toward the craft of coffee, and has it’s own “coffee lab” for conducting taste experiments and training baristas. They source green coffee from producers who are as committed to quality and sustainability as they are, and in the roasting process, they seek to elicit the intrinsic character of each coffee. With special attention given to balancing time, temperature, and airflow, the beans are roasted to perfection using a vintage cast iron Probat coffee roaster from the ‘50s.

This meticulous process continues with expertly-pulled espresso drinks in classic ristretto style and rich, sweet French press coffee. The menu includes a handful of coffee drinks but will be expanding to include other items. While coffee can be purchased at the kiosk, patrons of Zel’s can also order Zumbar’s heady brew. This writer quaffed an Americano, a cappuccino, a mocha, and a latte—rendered by the talented Grant, the barista manning the Zel’s outpost. I found each of them to be rich, full-flavored, and delicious. I can also vouch for their exceptional cold brew. In a collaboration with their Sorrento Valley neighbor, New English Brewing Company, Zumbar also produces an award-winning Imperial Stout, which includes coffee, beer, and Belgian chocolate.

Zumbar is a Spanish verb. “It means to buzz (like a bee), to hum (like a motor), to purr (like a cat).” Pay them a visit and you, too, can Zumbar!



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