Edited by Marcel Reyes, Staff Writer. 

The San Diego Coffee Network is growing. To kick off 2015, we are welcoming five new contributors, all talented writers and artists with diverse experience, who share one trait – a passion for coffee. Joining Assistant Editor Pablo Lara, each will be lending his or her expertise to help the Coffee Network expand its coverage of local goings-on. If you run into them out in the community, feel free to strike up a conversation and share your thoughts about the scene, your favorite cafes, your favorite origins – anything and everything coffee. They’d be happy to hear from you

Angel BretonTijuana Correspondent and Photographer

“Thanks to coffee, I was able to meet people who love it as much as I do. People are paying attention to our blooming coffee scene here in Tijuana, and I invite people to join me as we learn how to reach the sacred mountain of this coffee loving journey.”

Living in Tijuana, Angel took up photography because it “suited his disposition.” There is a growing coffee industry in TJ, and he is a frequenter of cafes and well-known to many of the owners and baristas, who welcome Angel as a touchstone artist of the scene. 



J.D. DiGiovanniStaff Writer and Photographer

“What I love most about coffee is the people and the culture that surrounds it. San Diego Coffee Network struck me as the best place to tell stories about this city’s wonderful coffee, and the people who make it.”


Originally from Chico California, J.D. recently moved to San Diego from the east coast, where he has lived the last four years. He studied history and literature at Hampshire College, and attended Columbia’s Publishing Course, where he learned about all aspects of book, magazine, and digital publishing.. His interests are in words, coffee, and community.  

Twitter: @J_Dedig 


Marcel Reyes, Staff Writer.

“I love coffee. A part of why I love coffee - maybe the biggest part really - is because I love that it brings people together. Like so many others, I've found sanctuary, productivity, and community in cafes.”

Raised in San Diego, Marcel completed Tufts University’s BFA program through the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Friends at SDCN helped him get to know the amazing roaster scene that makes San Diego such a unique bastion for coffee lovers. Coming from a background in non-profit fundraising for museums and academic research institutions, he continues this work, along with copywriting, as a freelance writer. He loves a good cold brew, mythology, and folk crafts.

Instagram and Twitter: @LittleLoveFish & @FlowWithFoxes

Facebook: http://facebook.com/marcel.sreyes

Julie Rings, Photographer.  

“I always wanted the coffee industry in San Diego to be more collaborative and close knit. My family and I moved to Seattle for a little over a year and when we returned the San Diego Coffee Network had definitely succeeded in bringing the SD coffee scene together.”

Julie was born and raised in Ohio, then went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated with an associates in Photography. She moved to San Diego in 2010 and a few months later started working for Cafe Virtuoso, from there her love for coffee began. She now manages the social media for Cafe Virtuoso and will help the San Diego Coffee Network with photos from different events and blog posts.

Ashley Shafer, PR.  

“I love the taste of coffee and the way it motivates me to get out of bed in the morning.”

Ashley is from Temecula, CA, and studied journalism at Biola University. She currently works at San Diego PR agency J. Walcher Communications. Her interests range from theater, to basketball, to Yelping. And of course, coffee! Ashley has served as coffee shop reviewer for EatSD.com and did restaurant reviews for Biola's newspaper, "The Chimes." Her love for coffee has brought her to SDCN.




Twitter@AshleyRShafer /



 NOW RECRUITING NORTH COUNTRY CORRESPONDENT: The San Diego Coffee Network is looking for a north county resident who is a coffee enthusiast and writer interested in covering activities in that area of San Diego. Please e-mail a cover letter and writing sample, to info@sdcoffeenetwork.com