San Diego's Better Buzz Coffee Roasters Opening New Location In Poway

June 6, 2024

San Diego's popular Better Buzz Coffee Roasters is continuing to expand locally with a new location in the works for Poway.

Founded by then-college students Tim Langdon and Stephanie Garden as a coffee cart in 2002, Better Buzz Coffee Roasters opened its first cafe location at 1909 Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach in 2007. The company has substantially grown over the past 17 years and now has several locations in Pacific Beach, as well as branches in Point Loma, Mission Beach, Encinitas, Escondido, Coronado, San Marcos, La Jolla, Miramar, Mira Mesa, Grantville, Carlsbad, Bonita, La Mesa a hub at Fashion Valley Mall in Mission Valley, its flagship cafe and roaster in Hillcrest, and cafes in Temecula, San Clemente, and Menifee, CA.

In addition to a locations unveiling soon in San Diego's North County city of Oceanside, as well as branches opening in Vista and Del Mar, a new Better Buzz location is opening in the space that last housed Chamoy Tacos + Fruit within Poway Crossings Plaza in Poway. The company is also growing its footprint outside of San Diego with cafes in the works for Las Vegas, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Fullerton, and all around Arizona.

Better Buzz serves a menu of coffee and espresso drinks, including drip coffee and cold brews, as well as a lineup of organic smoothies and an expanded breakfast and lunch food menu with avocado toast, grilled sandwiches, paninis, muffins, cookies, bagels and a variety of acai bowls. Better Buzz food classics include the Turkey Pesto, Bacon Ciabatta, Ham + Cheese Croissant, and Caprese sandwiches, as well as customer favorites like the Best Drink Ever and Mocha Buzz. 

Last month, workers at the Better Buzz headquarters in Hillcrest recently made news for unionizing by joining the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135. This past April, employees issued an open letter containing a list of demands, requesting better wages, healthcare coverage and consistent hours. Union organizers say that while Hillcrest was the first location to unionize, they do plan on expanding the movement to other Better Buzz outposts.  

Better Buzz is expected to open by year's end at 12612 Poway Road in San Diego's Northeast County community of Poway. For more information about Better Buzz Coffee Roasters, visit