Bird Rock is not just any old San Diego community on the perpetually sunny Southern California coast. It is a hip surfer haven(dating from the 1930’s) minutes away from downtown La Jolla. Here in Bird Rock, friends and neighbors know each other by first names- and maybe even their grandfather’s first names. It is a tightly knit local community in the truest sense of the word. Chuck Patton, owner of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters should know. He’s been around here all of his life- growing up in nearby Pacific Beach, ditching high school first periods to get buzzed on coffee in greasy spoons before returning to classes! After college in San Francisco, Patton returned to teach at San Diego City College until the siren call of coffee claimed him for good. He has been roasting coffee ever since his wife bought him a home roaster, finally going pro in 2002.