While enjoying a caffeinated beverage at a coffee lounge in La Mesa, a conversation was struck up with two other patrons where they confessed to one of their local favorites; Krakatoa Coffee (http://www.krakatoa.com) in Golden Hill. Naturally, I made a special trip to 25th near C Street to find out more.
At first glance, you would miss Krakatoa if you were not familiar with the area, much like yours truly. However, the lounging patrons mentioned that it was directly across the street from Luigi’s Pizza and right next store to the Old Turf Club so these clues made the find quite easier. It is somewhat hidden by tropical themed plants and the building itself is hunter green so it almost blends in with the plants. This coupled with the fact that they did not open until after 6:45am when their posted hours say they open at 6:30am, prove the establishment takes pride in the Island Culture. Once on the property, there is a decent size wood patio with about seating for 25 or more, surrounded almost entirely by the tropical foliage. Inside, there are only five tables with seating for about 15 and two small lounging sofas with a small coffee table. Not much here; until you start to explore the menu.
I ordered the usual Iced Americano and politely asked if they carried any Sugar-Free syrup flavors and the barista handed me a menu with the following options: Vanilla, Hazelnut, Coconut, Almond, and Caramel.
I decided to be a bit adventurous and ask for a mix of flavors with coconut and almond and the result was amazing! The barista asked if I wanted the drink in a large (24 oz) or a medium (16 oz) glass, which is a good indicator for a knowledgeable barista (the larger the glass, the less strength of the Americano due to the amount of non-espresso filling space). She gets credit for asking this and due to fact the quality of the espresso shots were incredibly smooth. The music in the place was a bit loud but when asked if they would turn it down a bit, they did without any problem.
Sandwiches, salads, smoothies, bagels and assorted desserts are also offered at Krakatoa. They are located at 1128 25th Street (between B and C Street) and their normal hours of business are Monday through Saturday 6:30am to 8pm and Sunday 6:30am to 6pm (keep in mind this is most likely “Island Time” so it may be a little different but it is worth it!)