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Trip Report: Chez Panisse Café (Berkeley, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 20 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

This upstairs café (though more of a Western restaurant) resides in the rather infamous birthplace of California Cuisine. At least when Alice Waters decided to take her local, farm-fresh cooking operation out of a house and into this formal spot decades ago. Yes, dear Alice may be the mother of most of what’s good about […]

Trip Report Redux: Piccino Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 14 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew

It has been two years since we first reviewed Piccino Cafe in a previous Trip Report. Opening in Dogpatch in late 2006, just off the new Muni T line, they originally provided espresso bar service at their 801 22nd Street pizzeria. A year later they moved their coffee bar operations to kiosk at the end […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Coffee Co. in the Ferry Building Marketplace (yes, #3 & #4)

Posted by TheShot on 04 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

Opening this past Thursday (April 2, 2009) after a long wait for Blue Bottle to expand the production of their roasting operations, this café technically marks the third and fourth Blue Bottle stations in operation at the Ferry Building Marketplace on a busy weekend. But this is the first with more permanent (i.e., no cart) […]

Trip Report: Oliveto Cafe & Restaurant (Oakland, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 24 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Machine, Restaurant Coffee

Last month — after publishing a few trip reports of nearby Cole Coffee, the Spasso Coffeehouse, and Peaberry’s Coffee & Tea — Luigi DiRuocco of Mr. Espresso asked if we tried the espresso at Oliveto. We last updated our review of Oliveto a couple years prior, so the focus of our most recent Rockridge tour […]

Trip Report: Café Lumiere (Monterey, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 16 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

The Cafe Noir that previously existed at this location made one of the best espresso shots you could buy in the Monterey area since around 2005. Unfortunately, it closed in early 2008, leaving this location vacant for a couple of months. Fortunately, its replacement, Café Lumeire, opened in April 2008 and has been more than […]

Trip Report: Ritual Coffee Roasters @ Oxbow Public Market, Napa

Posted by TheShot on 26 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Opening in the Spring of 2008, this remote Ritual location is little more than a counter inside Napa’s relatively new Oxbow Public Market. At first we questioned why the Wine Country needed a Ritual outlet — rather than an expansion of Sonoma-County-based Flying Goat Coffee. But then as we’ve monitored the quality over at The […]

Trip Report: Mojo Bicycle Café

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Roasting

This combination food/espresso café and bike shop sits across the street of The Independent (née The Kennel Club, for those around long enough to remember). They have some nice, open air seating along the dingier Divisadero St. sidewalk, and there are several indoor café tables. The menu includes beer, wine, and sandwiches, but they take […]

Trip Report: Cento

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

This dive with barely a service opening sits at the end of an old brick building — still labelled as “Uncle Vito’s Pizzeria” in signage and its black awning. Opening just last month, “Cento” stands for “100″ in Italian — which looks like about the monthly rent that owner John Quintos must be paying for […]

Trip Report: Jackson Place Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 06 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Quality Issues

This café isn’t easy to stumble upon, even if its signature is a rather large Art Nouveau café sign in lights. You have to enter the One Jackson Place center to reach this café, adorned with a miniature zinc bar and zinc-plating decorating its small kiosk. Located in a quiet courtyard surrounded by multiple stories […]

Trip Report: Four Barrel Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 21 May 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine

Jeremy Tooker, co-founder of Ritual Roasters, had a bit of a falling out with Ritual’s co-owner, Eileen, and he’s pursued his own vision of a quality coffee business in Four Barrel Coffee: no Wi-Fi, no squatting start-ups that can’t pony up rent, just no-frills retail coffee plus a roasting and distribution operation. We admire the […]

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