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San Juan Capistrano Hidden House Coffee’s New Location

By May, the San Juan Capistrano microroaster will have quadrupled in size.

The indie microroaster has had a single, very charming location in the city’s Los Rios Historic District since 2010, but is breaking out in a big way, quadrupling its size in a very short period of time. Two new locations are already up and running, in fact, the result of last month’s acquisition of ChocXO coffee shops in Costa Mesa and Lake Forest. And a downtown Santa Ana location, in the works for 10 months, is due to open in May.

Expanding quickly to four locations will undoubtedly be a little bit of a shock to the system of the very hands-on coffee company. Owner Ben Briggs says, “We are all about quality versus quantity. The hardest challenge for the existing cafes is the fact that we are a ‘new’ business going into a business that locals loved. We really just want the opportunity to gain the previous customers’ loyalty.”

All the Hidden House locations will carry ChocXO retail chocolate products, and the ganache-like liquid chocolate that makes luscious mocha drinks remains, thank goodness—only now, of course, mixed with Hidden House’s superior, hand-roasted coffee, and strategically available in four different corners of Orange County. (Well, three corners, until DTSA opens next month.) Seriously, how often does something that’s already good get even better?

Ortega Highway Rollover Prompts Dramatic Rescue

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Orange County firefighters worked for an hour to save a woman whose car rolled down a steep embankment.

For unknown reasons, her veered off the road and rolled 20 feet down a steep embankment off Ortega Highway, trapping the woman inside. The wreck happened west of the US Forest Service Fire Station at 35505 Ortega Highway.

"She went about 20 feet below the road and sustained shoulder injuries, minor head injuries and abrasions," he said. "Fortunately, she was wearing her seat belt or she would have been more seriously injured."

Firefighters with the Orange County Fire Authority worked for an hour stabilize the car in order to use the jaws of life to pull the woman to safety.

The victim, who is in her mid-30s, was flown by helicopter to Mission Hospital in moderate condition, Concialdi said. 



Crash flings motorcyclist at least 300 feet, but he’s only got some road rash

A motorcyclist speeding through Laguna Beach Tuesday night survived a violent crash that flung him at least 300 feet through the air, according to police.

The rider, a 26-year-old from San Juan Capistrano, was headed south on Coast Highway about 8 p.m. when he lost control around Nyes Place, according to Laguna Beach police Sgt. George Ramos.

"He was going fast, splitting traffic, and side-swiped a car and lost it," Ramos said.

Security camera video of the crash shows the motorcycle flying into the air and flipping end-over-end.

Police said the motorcycle went at least 200 feet, and the rider was catapulted at least 100 feet farther.

Paramedics took the man to Mission Hospital to treat his injuries, but police said he managed to escape with only some road rash.

"He got really lucky," Ramos said.