Here Comes Local 123

Name: Local 123 Location: 2049 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA Roaster: Multiple, including: Coava, Flying Goat Coffee, Verve Rating: 4

(Update: 10/19/10 – See comments)

I have to admit that the arrival of Local 123 took me something by surprise. It’s not that I hadn’t been eagerly waiting for a cafe of this […]

Tasting Caffe Trieste

Name: Caffe Trieste Location: 2500 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA (locations in San Francisco, San Jose and Sausalito) Rating: 2+

The original North Beach location of Caffe Trieste introduced espresso to the Bay Area back in the 50’s and was the first cafe, as we know them today, to be remembered and revered by […]

Barefoot in People’s Park

Name: Caffe Mediterraneum Location: 2475 Telegraph Avenue (b/w Dwight and Haste), Berkeley, CA Roaster: Barefoot Coffee Roasters Rating: 3

Telegraph Avenue. To some it is the ultimate college business district. It has no shortage of great record shops, treasure-filled thrift shops, fantastic cheap eats, eccentric characters, artists and street vendors selling their wares, and […]

WRBC 2008, Part 1

Name: The 2008 Western Regional Barista Championship Live-blog (and host): Pacific Bay Coffee Company Locations: Gaia Arts Center, 2120 Alston Way, Berkeley, CA Rating: 4

I’m bucking the trend and starting my review of this year’s 2008 WRBC in advance of my actual visit. I suppose it is a bit unorthodox to review the coffee […]

Good Coffee in Unexpected Locations

Name: Village Grounds Location: 1797 – A Shattuck (@ Delaware), Berkeley, CA Roaster: Flying Goat Coffee Rating: 3

I’m not sure why it is, but sometimes you just can’t get good work done at work. That’s when I head out to a café. This time, I needed a change of pace from my usual […]

coffee@home: Purosa PNG (BBCC)

Bean: Purosa Papua New Guinea Roaster: Blue Bottle Coffee Company Rating: 3

I tried Blue Bottle’s Purosa PNG several weeks ago at the Temescal Farmers market when it was their featured drip, and I was really blown away. It really did fit their description of smooth, creamy chocolate with a burst of citrus. It was […]

Blue Bottle Coffee Company

Name: Blue Bottle – Temescal Farmer’s Market Kiosk Roaster: Blue Bottle Coffee Company Location: Temescal Farmer’s Market, Oakland, CA Rating: 4

Although there were a few possible contenders, Blue Bottle Coffee Company gets the prized status of first entry on this blog. They turned me on to specialty coffee a couple of […]