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Location: 1295 University Ave (map)
Hours: Monday through Sunday 5am- 11pm
Price: $

After months of anticipation of what was about to be unveiled behind the pink paintings on the corner of University and Richmond Street, the doors have opened to the community. Joy Brewed, bakery and coffee shop, is now sitting on the corner of University and Richmond Street giving the locals a relaxing environment to hang out or do some work. They have more to offer than just an average coffee shop, read on to get our inside scoop on the newest shop on University.





Joy Brewed is now Suzie and Ron’s third business venture. They have brought their custom cake designs, pastry making, and local coffee beans to Hillcrest. Opened as of February first 2018, we think the fashion forward and active community will get to love this locale. Joy Brewed serves coffee from the local roasted, Make Good Coffee Co, and sell pounds of beans in store. They have an extensive drink menu from lattes and cappuccinos to fruit drinks such as the Italian Soda.

What You can Expect from Joy Brewed on University Ave

A special feature Joy Brewed will bring to the community are their free cake consultations. For any upcoming event whether it’s a birthday party, wedding, baby shower, or anything you can imagine; they can whip up the perfect cake for you to your liking. Schedule a meeting time with the professional cake connoisseur kept on deck and design out your ideal number of tiers, base, and layers. If cake isn’t your style they can develop a cupcake stand or a different array of their delicious pastries that are up to your liking.

Treats and Sweets from Joy Brewed in Hillcrest

During our visit we were lucky enough to try a couple baked goods. We sampled the Blondie Brownie served with whipped cream and walnuts. This came out warmed and was a perfect treat on a cooler day.

Our favorite was the Princess cake or Norwegian Wedding Cake. This consists of a white cake base with raspberry jam, cream filling and a marzipan decorative layer. The cake was deliciously moist and I loved the cream filling that tasted just like freshly made whipped cream. I never knew how delicious Princess is until I had this delight at Joy Brewed.

Kicking off the weekend right✔️

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Lastly, because it is a coffee house we tried a latte, cappuccino and as mentioned earlier, an italian soda. The craft beans taste wonderfully paired with a gourmet sweet. It’s the perfect treat after lunch for and afternoon boost and sweet tooth fill. The italian Soda, as they are, was sweet, creamy, and bubbly- a.k.a. It was delicious, not to mention beautiful!

How it all Started for Suzie and Ron in San Diego

Joy Brewed is the sister company to Joy Baked in El Cajon. Joy Baked is where all the baking and production gets done daily. Every morning fresh baked goods are delivered to Joy Brewed from the bakery. Owned by the same couple, Ron and Suzie. What was going to be a retirement for them has turned into a prosperous business venture. They started their company Suzie’s Gourmet Gifts  and Joy Baked  by changing an at home hobby to a prosperous business.