Tag Archive 'peninsula_coffee'

Trip Report: Back Yard Coffee Co. (Redwood City, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jul 2014 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Local Brew

Originally opened as Caffe Sportivo circa 2008 with a strange homage to a fitness joint (due to a physical trainer who ran the place), this independent coffeehouse introduced better coffee standards to Redwood City — a Peninsula town that locals often jokingly call “Deadwood City.” (…If you must compete with “Shallow Alto” — i.e., Palo […]

Trip Report: Calafia Cafe & Market A-Go-Go (Palo Alto, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 08 May 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Local Brew

This split café and to-go market is founded by Chef Charlie Ayers, famous for catering for the Grateful Dead (as evidenced by the large wall photo inside) and the initial food operations at Google. This place is his attempt to make his Google cafeteria “public.” It has limited outdoor table and picnic bench seating. Inside […]

Trip Report: Il Piccolo Caffé (Burlingame, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 02 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew

Since we visited a few notable Peninsula cafés at the beginning of the year, some locals mentioned this neighborhood café. Il Piccolo Caffé has been in operation since 1990, and it has survived in the suburbs despite a Starbucks moving across the street in 2004. It adds a bit of local character as an Italian-themed […]

Trip Report: Peninsula Coffee Roaster & Deli (San Mateo, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 02 Feb 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

The Peninsula offers little in the way of great espresso. This is supposedly one of the better examples, but it’s not something we would be proud of. If someone was visiting us in San Mateo and wanted a good espresso, we’d still send them all the way to Palo Alto first. The Peninsula Coffee Roaster […]

Trip Report: Connoisseur Coffee Company (Redwood City, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 28 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Locals on the Peninsula generally have good things to say about this place, and with good reason. This is primarily a roaster with a retail café operation hidden inside among its “warehouse” floorspace — perhaps a glimpse of what Peet’s Coffee & Tea was like just as they made the transition from a bean-and-leaf pure-play […]

Trip Report: ZombieRunner (Palo Alto, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 21 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew, Roasting

You have got to be kidding us. A runner’s supply store with outstanding espresso — perhaps the best in town? You bet. And a big thanks to veteran San Jose Coffee Geek, Gary Hutchison, for publicizing this unusual discovery. This place ran as an online-only store for several years before opening this physical location in […]

Trip Report: Plantation Coffee Roastery (San Carlos, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

Recently we’ve been spending a bit more time on the Peninsula, so we’ve been on the hunt for notable espresso shots just due south of San Francisco. We’ve followed up on a few places that locals admire and put them to the test. The results have been… well… you’ll see. Some consider this among the […]

Trip Report: Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park

Posted by TheShot on 22 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew

A Peninsula people-watching Mecca, typically filled with large crowds throughout the day and skirmishes over available outdoor tables. It’s been that way here since I first entered this place 15 years ago. They have large indoor and outdoor seating areas, local art, occasional musicians, and obligatory patrons in bike shorts. One of the most indelible […]