Café Roche is a locally owned and independently operated coffee shop devoted to delicious café fare and sustainable business practices. The coffee is organic, shade-grown, and direct trade whenever possible, and the ice cream is all-natural and sourced from grass-fed cows at Homeland Creamery in Julian. Wake up sweetly with an espresso-anchored crème brûlée cortado, glazed with raw sugar and caramelized with a blow torch ($2.99), rise simply with a large drip coffee ($2.04), or jolt awake briskly with an iced beverage. Ice cream ($2.99 for one scoop, $3.99 for three) comes in a variety of flavors, such as blueberry, butter pecan, and vanilla, and a java milkshake caffeinates a sweet tooth with a shot of espresso ($4.99–$5.99).
The ancients spoke of a day when a fellowship of highly intelligent strangers would journey to Earth to discover the magical coffee fields of middle earth. Together they would harvest this crop and forever break the decades-old curse of the evil mermaid! That day is now, and that coffee can be found at Brew Nerds!!
During one-hour classes at Belly Dance by Gypsy, Gypsy (a.k.a. Paula Stump) instructs students in traditional full-body movements as well as in the muscle-group isolation patterns for which belly dance is famous. Groupon-specific classes will be held between September 12 and November 30 on Monday at 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m., during which Gypsy will initiate pupils in the ancient and sensual art of belly dancing, considered a misnomer because the dance incorporates movement throughout the entire body. Classes will move at a comfortable pace as dancers eventually learn to shimmy, isolate muscle groups, and oscillate hips in as yet uninvented directions. Students build on their knowledge with each class, but need not attend consecutive sessions, instead choosing from 24 classes through November 30.
Angelina's Tea Shoppe is a haven of steeped serenity, boasting more than 500 varieties of tea, as well as a vast selection of tea-related accoutrements. Customers longing for the caffeinated civility of high tea can choose from hundreds of loose-leaf options, such as Versailles lavender Earl Grey, Night of the Iguana chai (both $1.75 per ounce), or Golden Monkey black tea ($3.95 per ounce). Impatient tea-totalers can tote their tea to go or opt to sip it in the serenity of Angelina's reading room, a cozy corner inundated with overstuffed couches, used books, and free wireless Internet. The quaint tea shop also sells a multitude of pekoe-related products including teapots, cups, bird-shaped mesh lemon squeezers ($4.95), and enticing edibles such as Sticky Fingers scone mix ($5.95), the official baking mix of the Rolling Stones' 1971 UK tour.