Tag Archive 'oakland_espresso'

Trip Report: Modern Coffee (Tribune Tower, Oakland, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 16 Aug 2015 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Roasting

This downtown Oakland coffee house sits at the base of the historic Oakland Tribune Building. It’s a small space with ceiling fans and windows that open, a large front window for people-watching over the 13th St. sidewalk at window counter stools, and a few indoor café tables and chairs/benches with a wall of merchandising in […]

Trip Report: Blue Bottle Coffee Co. (Jack London Square, Oakland, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 01 Sep 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Opening in Oct. 2009, James Freeman finally established a spacious company headquarters home for his ever-growing Bay Area coffee empire here in Jack London Square. They host a surprisingly small café for retail coffee service. There’s several tall stools and tables for outdoor seating along Webster St., and indoors there is barely a four-person window […]

East Bay Express: Surfing Coffee’s “Third Wave”

Posted by TheShot on 16 Dec 2009 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Today’s East Bay Express published a good, and long-overdue, cover story on some of the quality coffee changes going on in our fair East Bay: Surfing Coffee’s “Third Wave” | Feature | East Bay Express. Its use of the Third Wave crutch is unfortunate, but also par for the course these days. Meanwhile, we will […]

Trip Report: Gaylord Caffe Espresso (Oakland, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 27 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Roasting

Locals have raved about this indie coffee and espresso shop for decades. The owner roasts his own, and it’s been in operation since 1976. However, there is no mistaking that the espresso standards here leave a lot to be desired. We may be accused of being traditionalists from time-to-time. But this is an example where […]

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: Peaberry’s Coffee & Tea (Oakland, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 17 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

For the last of our brief survey of some of the more notable cafés in Oakland’s Rockridge, this tiny storefront has long been the lone outlet showcasing the roasting that goes on some four miles away at Peaberry’s Coffee & Tea in Emeryville. The café and retail shop shares space with a Market Hall Bakery […]

Trip Report: Spasso Coffeehouse (Oakland, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 12 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

It’s time for another espresso review along Oakland’s Rockridge trail. This coffee shop is the kind that only seems to thrive near a university. It’s a more spacious café than some of its espresso-serving neighbors along College Ave. There are a couple of sidewalk café tables in front, some limited table seating in front at […]

Trip Report: Cole Coffee (Oakland, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 07 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

Recently, we’ve had the chance to give more formal reviews to a few places in Oakland’s Rockridge district. We begin with Cole Coffee — a combination café and roasting retail store that has been something of an East Bay coffee institution since it was named “Royal Coffee Café”. Cole Coffee still gets their coffee supplies […]

Trip Report: Bittersweet – The Chocolate Café @ Oakland

Posted by TheShot on 17 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

This Oakland/Rockridge outlet of the small chain is a little smaller than its SF Fillmore District counterpart, but the standards are the same. Outside there’s a sidewalk bench and a couple of chairs; inside there are four beat-up wooden tables and a tendency for houseflies to gather (just something odd about the building dynamics, location, […]

Oakland: Awaken Downtown

Posted by TheShot on 01 May 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

Yesterday’s NovoMetro (a rough-around-the-edges local online guide to Oakland) published an article on a new café coming to downtown Oakland called Awaken Café: NovoMetro. It’s scheduled to open in early August with an emphasis on community, slow food, sustainability (and all those other obligatory feel-good adjectives you need to operate a coffee shop in the […]