If you are coffee connoisseur or tea lover, you will want to check out Lush Coffee and Tea in Vista. This organic coffee shop and tea lounge in North County San Diego specializes in fair trade coffee and organic loose leaf tea. Lush, for short, opened its can’t miss drive-thru coffee spot along East Vista Way to rave reviews in 2011. In the spring of this year, Lush opened a second location, called the Lush Lounge, on Main street in the heart of old town Vista.
The drive-thru coffee kiosk on E. Vista Way is not hard to miss with its bright neon green awnings. While there is obviously no inside space at the drive-thru location there is charming outdoor seating with bright green chairs and umbrellas. The downtown Vista location is a charming addition to the revitalized old town area. You’ll notice the same signature bright green awning at the downtown location. Inside, it’s an open concept space with the coffee and tea counter situated in the center of the space rather that the back. The decor is a little inconsistent. While there is a delightfully soothing koi pond in the corner and “living wall” of plants that add to Lush Lounge’s concept, the seating options are a bit hodge podge (a comfy couch, old diner booth and some market tables making up a majority of the seating options).
Lush Coffee and Tea serves organic espressos and organic specialty coffee drinks and has a “tea bar”. The coffee beans are fresh ground and locally roasted. The signature Lush Mocha is made with organic espresso, steamed milk infused with organic Dominican cocoa (chocolate) and Belizean vanilla. Their organic loose leaf teas are steeped while you wait for a perfect tea house beverage. Their organic teas come in a variety of delicious flavors like Organic Green, Kiwi Lush, Blood Orange, and Vanilla. Lush’s trademark cold “Lushie” drinks are a collection of iced tea and blended coffee drinks. They also offer a variety of alternative milk options including almond milk and coconut milk.
A few miscellaneous notes
Pet loving patrons will be happy to know that Lush Lounge is a dog-friendly establishment. They also support the local artist community. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, they occasionally allow local musicians to play. Although it might be a good idea to check with the management as dates and times may change. Lush Lounge is within walking distance to many shops, including the popular Vista Village.