Seeking any favorites you have.
The past couple years I've settled into:
Cafe Ipe (Encinitas)
Barista can make a noticeable difference; comfy atmosphere.
Le Rendez-Vous French Bakery (Oceanside)
Quaint little shop (for a strip mall) that has nice French owners. Not all their staff knows how to make espresso so one time I could not order it. It's more of a pastry and atmosphere choice for me (Oceanside is hurting in this area) but coffee has always been nice.
I like their drive through location better for friendly baristas. Their new shop location nearby is painfully lacking in atmosphere.
Old California Coffee House (San Marcos)
Awesome atmosphere. I only get here a couple times a year and I'm not well informed about their coffee, but I recall enjoying it.