1130 Garden Street
San Luis Obispo, California
Seriously, we’re not writing about this cafe because we love how similar the name is to Barista Magazine’s app; I’ve been following the progress of this coffeehouse located in Southern California’s San Luis Obispo ever since it was an unnamed dream in Sara and Jon Peterson’s heads. I came to know both Sara and Jon through Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz, California. Sara was a star barista there and had some great success in barista competitions, and Jon was my contact in the marketing department, so we talked often, and it was always a pleasure.
I was sad to hear they were leaving Verve when Jon told me about the move, but it was for a very good reason: they were going to open up their own place! I love seeing successful coffee people and baristas making this move. (To learn more about it, read the article, “Own Your Own” by Erin Meister in the new issue of Barista Magazine.)
Now that their coffeehouse, Scout Coffee, has been open and buzzing for about 2 weeks in San Luis Obispo (which, if you didn’t know, is one of the most delightful and picturesque Southern California cities in existence), I wanted to talk to Jon about how the process of opening went, the very interesting financing experience they had, how they’re doing, and just all about this great new hangout in SLO.
Sarah Allen: How did you and Sara choose San Luis Obispo as a location for your coffeehouse?