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Awards and Recognition

Coffee Reviews

Ethiopia Shantewene (Sidamo) – Overall score of 95. Delicate layers of honeydew melon, ripe blackberry, and soft lime, finished off with a silky mouthfeel make this cup an extravagant indulgence.

Virtuoso Espresso – Overall score of 94, and picked to be #15 of the top 30 coffees of 2015. Sweet-toned, round, deep. Dark chocolate, roasted almond, ripe fig, lily, oak. Full, syrupy mouthfeel. Chocolate and fig in particular carry into a resonant, balanced finish. Fills out three parts milk with authority: more rounded fig, chocolate and lily.

Holiday Blend  – Overall score of 92. Hints of holiday spices, baked apple, candied fruits, and dark chocolate. A medium-bodied blend that perfectly pairs with your favorite holiday recipes.

Ethiopia Suke Quto (Sidamo) – Scored a 94 as an espresso and 93 as a drip coffee. Sweetly pungent, chocolate toned. Blood orange, sandalwood, jasmine, dark chocolate, almond paste in aroma and small cup. Silky mouthfeel; nut and fruit notes persist in the finish. Fills out three parts milk with a complex range of chocolate, fruit and nut suggestions.

Costa Rica Perla Negra – Overall score of 92.  Big, fruit- and floral-toned. Dark chocolate, black cherry, hazelnut, musky lily, a hint of rye whisky in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; syrupy mouthfeel. Lily and chocolate carry into a deep finish.

Company Awards

2017 – Cafe Virtuoso recognized as “Best Organic Coffee Specialists” by Lux Magazine for the 2017 Food & Drink Awards

2016 – Cafe Virtuoso was chosen as the “Best Urban Coffee Shop” by the critics and editors of San Diego Magazine.

2015 The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has recognized Cafe Virtuoso’s ability to achieve the highest standards of with the “Gold Cup Award”. The award encompasses both coffee preparation as well as equipment management and uses standards around five points of quality: (1) ratio of coffee to water, (2) grind, (3) equipment operation, (4) water, and (5) equipment cleaning.

2014 Cafe Virtuoso was presented the “Small Supplier of the Year” award by the California Restaurant Association in recognition of the level of service to San Diego’s restaurants.

Community Involvement

Council member David Alvarez wrote a letter of commendation for Cafe Virtuoso in recognition of its leadership and commitment to the local community of Barrio Logan through the City’s “Safe Routes to Schools” program.