Kaffee Meister is a local, family owned business that began in Mike and Leslie’s kitchen as a free weekly coffee hour for friends and acquaintances. Their passion for people and espresso quickly outgrew their kitchen and their modest Expobar Brewtus espresso machine. Undaunted by the challenge and bolstered by the support of their friends and their community, they quickly opened the first Kaffee Meister location at the crossroads of Los Coches and Hwy 8 Business in Lakeside.

During the first year, the joys of befriending new employees and customers pulled them through the struggles of starting a new business. And while they dreamed of eventually opening a second location, they were completely surprised to find themselves faced with the opportunity so quickly. The available suite in the Carlton Oaks Plaza was just about perfect, however the thought of opening a second location by themselves was overwhelming. Fortunately, their daughter Elisa and her husband Chester were willing and available to join them full-time as they pursued the second Kaffee Meister location—which by this point was a bona fide Family Business.

Today both coffee shops are thriving as Mike and Leslie continue to pursue their love of espresso and their love of people by serving East County San Diego great coffee seven days a week.