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Vertigo Coffee Roasters – Local Delight

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As residents of San Juan Bautista, we’re often asked “Do you like living in a small town? Isn’t it quiet and uneventful? What do you do to have fun there?” Yes, no, and Vertigo.

Named for Albert Hitchcock’s famous movie of the same name, Vertigo Coffee Roasters is just down the street from the bell tower that appeared in the classic film. Already, this town has more going on than you thought, right?

Serving house-roasted coffee and wood-fired pizzas that change with the seasons, Vertigo always has something new and clever to offer. Brandon and I love to stop by for their Caprese Balsamic Basil Pizza and Iced White Chocolate Mochas on a lazy Saturday in town. The coffee shop is within walking distance from our house, but then again, so is everything in San Juan.

We’ll see you at the coffee shop. Stop by for a breakfast burrito, a farm-fresh salad or a local cold microbrew, if you’re not in the mood for caffienation. Everything is great at Vertigo.

Some of their seasonal specialty pizzas:

  • The Goblin – pumpkin cream base, mozzarella, grilled pear, and butternut squash topped with fresh arugula, sun-dried tomato, goat cheese, and balsamic.
  • The Figaro – cream base, mozzarella, gorgonzola cheese, caramelized onion, bacon, tomatoes, and FIGS! Topped with fresh arugula and balsamic.
  • Mushroom Harvest – featuring chanterelle, porcini and lobster mushrooms.
  • Kale Harvest – béchamel sauce, mozzarella, kale, grape tomatoes, onion, prosciutto and balsamic glaze.
  • Apricot Harvest – olive oil, dried apricots, roasted pear, mozzarella, and gorgonzola cheese finished with fresh arugula and honey.
  • The Santa Fe – black bean base, grilled chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, tomatoes, green chiles, corn, and jalapeños topped with fresh cilantro sour cream, blue corn chips, and cotija cheese.
  • The Aloha – marinara, pineapple, prosciutto, jalapeño, and green onions.
  • St. Patrick’s Day – corned beef, cabbage, potato, and carrot.
  • Caprese – fresh mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, fresh pesto, topped with fresh burrata cheese, basil leaves, balsamic glaze, and olive oil.
  • Sausage and Fennel – béchamel sauce, fennel, red onion, and red pepper topped with fresh fennel and herb oil.
  • Asparagus Harvest – béchamel sauce, mozzarella, asparagus, red onion, topped with prosciutto and goat cheese.
  • The Barcelona – pesto, manchego cheese, potato, olives, red pepper, and linguica.
  • Harvest Peach – peach, bacon, and mozzarella on a thyme cream base and finished with chives and goat cheese.
  • The Mission Bell – pepperoni, ham, bell peppers, and olives.
  • The Seafood – octopus, clams, potato, pimento, olives, capers, paprika, pecorino cheese.
  • Green Flash – pesto, mozzarella, pecorino cheese, chicken, olives.
  • Margherita – marinara, mozzarella, basil, parmigiano.
  • Porcini – white garlic sauce, mozzarella, romano, porcini mushrooms, crimini mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, jalapeños, gorgonzola cheese, bacon and truffle oil.
  • La Mancha – carmelized onions, potato, goat cheese, lemon slices and oregano.
  • Tomato Harvest – multi-grain sourdough crust, cherry tomatoes, grapes, ricotta and herbs.

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Wood-fired Chicken Pesto pizza

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Mmmm can’t get enough of the foam on this Hot White Chocolate Mocha.

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Vertigo’s in-house coffee bean roaster. Learn more about the coffee roasting process here.

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Curious natives and out-of-towners alike gather monthly for the First Saturday Art Show, featuring a single local artist and their often strange creations. Quarterly, Brandon and I stroll over for the Moon Art Show (Pink Moon in spring, Thunder Moon in summer, Hunter’s Moon in autumn, and Cold Moon in winter), and wander amongst booths selling anything from fine art prints and enamel pins, to chakra candles and hand-sewn trinket pouches.

We always make a stop for our friends Bryan and Ana to sample from his colorful assortment of hand-illustrated Star Wars collectibles and social-commentary pop art, and her adorable bird art and fanciful lettering. Check them out!

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Wood fire oven

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T-shirts for sale. I own one of these! Love the succulent plant details.

Artwork created by Allison Marie Garcia. Find more of her work here on Instagram.

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Libations from local breweries

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