About Us

Old Cal Coffee Awards

Congratulations are in order for the entire team at Old California Coffee House & Eatery for earning the Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award once again 2011 - 2018!!!

Old Cal Coffee Wins “The Best Medium Size Business in San Marcos Award!” On January 24th, 2014 at the Twin Oaks Golf Course, the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Board of Directors Installation Luncheon. The day included the San Marcos Hall of Fame Awards, the Business of Excellence Awards, the Chamber Installation of the New Board of Directors and Gary Templeton, former San Diego Padre great and San Marcos resident, as the Key Note Speaker.

Old California Coffee House & Eatery has been named the Best Coffee Shop in San Diego eight years in a row, was honored as the Best Medium Sized Business in San Marcos and is the Talk of Town’s 5 Star Customer Service Satisfaction Award Winner 8 years in a row! Old Cal Coffee House & Eatery is the original Coffee Shop in San Marcos and has been in business since 1990!

Old Cal Coffee has an expanded food menu! We serve morning scrambles, hot & cold sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, vegan chili, gluten free muffins & sandwiches, vegetarian meals, smoothies, and gelato! Old Cal Coffee has a full line of organic gourmet coffees and teas.


The History of Old Cal Coffee

“Waking up San Marcos since 1990”

Long before the big chain coffee houses moved here, a little coffee house – not much more than a stand opened up in Restaurant Row. It had one employee and limited hours. Soon the place was hopping and locals were lining up to order drinks not usually found outside of Seattle, at the little coffee house, then known as Mocha Marketplace.

Fast forward thru the years, several remodels/expansions and a name change to Old California Coffee House & Eatery, the once little coffee house now has about a dozen full time employees, lots of seating, and is open for 13+ hours each day, seven days a week.

A lot has changed over the years, but we still remain committed to providing the finest quality locally roasted coffees and ingredients that we always have. We’ve added a more diverse café food menu with a few “vegetarian” and “vegan” selections. The comfort of sofas and chairs to lounge in, access to free wireless internet and board/card games, Old Cal Coffee has become a huge draw for business professionals and students alike. Nightly, we light the fire pits for cozy gatherings!

Our Goals include being a haven from the hard, sterile cookie-cutter atmosphere of the corporate coffee house and offer a respite from the hectic, frenzied pace of life. We strive to preserve the legacy of the coffee house as a place of community – a place to meet friends, hang out and relax, have stimulating conversations, listen to music, read, study, draw, write poetry, meet with business associates, enjoy the local flavor, while providing great food, coffee and gelato.

Giving Back to the Community

When you support Old Cal Coffee, it’s like supporting the Entire Community . We support them all, from Children to Seniors, every School, Charity and Non-Profit organization in town.

Summit Church
Mission Hills Church
St. Marks Catholic Church

Boys and Girls Club
RotaryLions Club
Girl Scouts
Meals on Wheels
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Wounded Warrior Homes
Solutions for Change
American Red Cross
Rady Children’s Hospital
North County Health Services

Alvin Dunn Elementary School
San Marcos Middle School
San Elijo Elementary School
San Elijo Middle School
Discovery Elementary School
Paloma Elementary School
Discovery Elementary School
Paloma Elementary School
San Marcos High School
Mission Hills High School
High Tech High, Middle & Elementary
Escondido Charter High School
Palomar College
The Kids College
Fortissimo Orchestra
St Joseph Academy

San Marcos Firefighters
San Marcos Sherriff’s Department
San Marcos and Parks & Rec
San Marcos Arts Council
San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
San Marcos Senior Center

We hope you will make Old California Coffee House & Eatery your daily choice.


Meet the Owners

Congratulations to Erin Nenow on becoming an Official Owner of Old Cal Coffee! We are so proud to have you as our partner! Here she is holding the official documents!

Erin Nenow

Erin has been with Old Cal Coffee since 2011 and bring her expert management skills along with her brilliant catering skills to Old Cal Coffee.

Craig Garcia

Craig was the leading Marketing Manager for Old Cal Coffee since 2011 and helped put Old Cal Coffee back on the map!

Giovanna Garcia

Giovanna has been the Heart & Soul of Old Cal Coffee since 2011, creating simple operating procedures and high standards that everyone can follow.
from our favorite clients
  • The place is not 5 stars by any stretch but the customer service is. This is probably the 4th time I've been for coffee and it's always friendly! Today was the first time we ate there. I took my wife for Mother's Day instead of competing for a seat at a place near the beach. I have challenges w gluten, preservatives, etc. and Alexis was so helpful and patient explaining everything and answering my many questions lol. The food, herbal teas, and coffee are great also with a laid back environment that we love!
    Barbara G.
  • Amazing ambience, wonderful chocolate....and oodles and oodles of charm!! The view of mountains is amazing, the fire pits and the old world charm , the whimsical interiors and the hot chocolate and coffee are all fabulous!! I have taken many friends to this place and everyone loves it!!
  • Love this place! It's not a chain, the patio is really comfortable and dog friendly and the staff is awesome! I recommend the iced Reece's latte and breakfast scramble on a bagel 🙂 great place to hang out, read, study or relax!
    Alexa L.