A spacious cafe just off Main Street in Paso Robles called to us for an afternoon pick-me-up as we detoured off Route 101. A glass window displaying a large coffee grinder and the aroma of coffee throughout beckoned us to stay and give thee fresh brews a try.
The Cortijo, a sweet Latte made with condensed milk, was as sweet as ice cream and artfully displayed. It was a big contrast to the House Brew, a bitter blend from Guam that was slightly tart and acidic but left little aftertaste.
Alongside our coffees we enjoyed a house-made blueberry-almond muffin, one of the few baked goods they had remaining late in the day. It contained fresh, plump berries and had a strong almond extract flavor throughout, reminiscent of a macaroon.
Our coffees were crafted quickly, the staff was cheery and helpful, and our experience was peaceful and just what we needed to wake us up from an afternoon slump.