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Modern Coffee Looks to the Future

Name: Modern Coffee Location: 411 13th Street, Oakland, CA Roasters: Multiple roasters, including Ecco Caffe, Four Barrel, and Verve Rating: 4

This post is sorely overdue. I say this because I frequent Modern Coffee and have frequently recommended it to friends. I say this because the coffee is good. I say this because […]

A Clover on a Coffee Cart to Cure Your Ills

Name: Remedy Coffee Location: 4316 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA Roasters: Ritual Coffee Roasters Rating: 3+

As you may have been following on this blog and elsewhere, quality coffee is finally beginning to roll into the East Bay. Funny enough, it seems to be arriving with baggage included. I’m not making some subtle dig […]

The Subrosa is out of the Bag

Name: Subrosa Coffee Location: 419 40th Street (at Webster), Oakland, CA Roaster: Four Barrel Coffee Rating: 4-

Subrosa literally means under the rose. However, the term also denotes secrecy, as the the owners of Subrosa Coffee have indicated in a footnote on their web page and by their understated presence on this strip […]

There’s a Cole in My Coffee

Name: Cole Coffee Location: 6255 College Ave & 307 63rd Street, Oakland, CA Rating: 2+ 3- (see update below)

It was a couple of years ago, when Royal Coffee (the green coffee importers and a major supplier for roasters in the western half of the US and not to be confused with the […]

coffee@home: Into the Blue Again

Beans: Misty Valley Ethiopian Yergacheffe and Peru Apram Roaster: Blue Bottle Coffee Company Rating: 3 and 3-

We all have our coffee first loves, but with coffee, you don’t have to make a lifelong commitment to a roaster and there’s really no stigma against cheating. You may get upset from time to time with […]

Peter Pumpkin Pulled a (1/160) Peck of Pleasant Espresso

Name: Peter’s Big Pumpkin Espresso Location: Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA (North Shore of Lake Merritt) Roaster: Mr. Espresso Rating: 3

Sometimes life doesn’t give you a lot of warning. Like the other day, when my wife managed to get a last minute appointment but found herself without child care. I closed […]

Not Your Father’s Breakroom Coffee

Name: The Breakroom Cafe Location: 300 13th Street, Oakland, CA (Downtown) Roaster: De La Paz Coffee Rating: 3

I haven’t confirmed it, but I think the owners of The Breakroom christened their cafe, tongues firmly in cheek. First of all, this cafe is not down the hall from your office; in fact, it’s fairly […]

Downtown Oakland Coffee Finally Wakes Up

Name: Awaken Cafe Location: 414 14th Street, Oakland, CA (Downtown) Roaster: Taylor Maid Farms Rating: 3+

Whether it was the reign of Jerry Brown, the recent housing boom, or the fact that it has simply taken nearly 20 years to recover from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, downtown Oakland is finally starting to be […]