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Topic: coffee shops in the SF Bay area (9 msgs / 235 lines)
1) From: Mike Koenig
A last minute trip to the San Francisco Bay area (specifically
Berkeley) just came up for me next week.  Does anyone have any "can't
miss" coffee places that they know of in the area?
Thanks,
--mike
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2) From: Les
Sweet Marias in Oakland; If you can get down to Sunnyvale, Barefoot
Roasters; Blue Bottle
Les
On 7/14/08, Mike Koenig  wrote:
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3) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Berkeley has better bakeries than it does coffee. Go to the temporary 
cart that is Four Barrel Coffee, in the alley behind 375 Valencia in 
San Francisco. Ritual is nearby too. I still haven't made it to see 
Blue Bottle's vac brew setup, but hear mixed reviews of the coffee 
from it.
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com
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4) From: Bonnie Polkinghorn
Mike,
If you fly in and out of San Jose, you can stop at Barefoot Coffee Roasters
two times.  San Jose isn't as convenient as flying to Oakland if you're
going to Berkeley, however, and the traffic is very nasty.
If you must go wine tasting, skip Napa, come to Sonoma County, then you can
stop at Flying Goat Coffee either in Santa Rosa or Healdsburg.
Have a great trip,
Bonnie P.
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5) From: Benjamin VerHage
I was just there this past weekend. Visited Blue Bottle's cafe downtown a couple times as well as Ritual over in the mission. Both make excellent espresso and espresso drinks. I've been to both many times and they never disappoint. Check out the Blue Bottle cafe to see their fancy new siphon machine and their Kyoto cold brewing machine. It's a really nice place. They also do single origin espresso shots on the San Marcos lever machine which is a really cool offering.
Ben
--- On Mon, 7/14/08, Mike Koenig  wrote:
From: Mike Koenig 
Subject: [Homeroast] coffee shops in the SF Bay area
To: homeroast
Date: Monday, July 14, 2008, 12:38 PM
A last minute trip to the San Francisco Bay area (specifically
Berkeley) just came up for me next week.  Does anyone have any "can't
miss" coffee places that they know of in the area?
Thanks,
--mike
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6) From: Benjamin VerHage
The coffee I had on the siphon machine was good, but not THAT good for what they charge. I do think the machine itself is really awesome and it's neat to see it work with the heat lamps and nice glassware. Just the investment to get that machine shows their dedication to being a serious coffee joint. I give them kudos for that. However, I've definitely made better on my Bodum Santos with home roasted beans.
--- On Mon, 7/14/08, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee  wrote:
From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 
Subject: Re: [Homeroast] coffee shops in the SF Bay area
To: homeroast, koenig.mike
Date: Monday, July 14, 2008, 12:45 PM
Berkeley has better bakeries than it does coffee. Go to the temporary 
cart that is Four Barrel Coffee, in the alley behind 375 Valencia in 
San Francisco. Ritual is nearby too. I still haven't made it to see 
Blue Bottle's vac brew setup, but hear mixed reviews of the coffee 
from it.
--
                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
                      http://www.sweetmarias.com                Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
     Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com
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7) From: Brian Zambrano
Here in San Francisco, there are arguably thee "big" name roasters with
cafes, Blue Bottle, Ritual and Four Barrel.  Barefoot is located in Santa
Clara, and I had the best cappuccino of my life there just this past
Saturday.  Here's my two cents.
- Blue Bottle....their original location (in an alley) is cool and less
flashy.  I like their single cup drip the best.http://www.yelp.com/biz/blue-bottle-coffee-co-san-francisco-5- Blue Bottle cafe.  It's flashy.  But hey, it's not like the coffee is
*bad*.  If you're in the neighborhood, check it out.  When I was there the
siphon bar didn't open until about 10am if memory serves.  The coffee out of
there was really good I thought.  The coffee menu changes.http://www.yelp.com/biz/blue-bottle-coffee-co-san-francisco-7- Ritual.  Honestly, I don't really like their espresso.  I was there last
week after dropping my car off at the shop across the street and was
thoroughly disappointed with the shot I got.  I've never tried their drip
coffee.http://www.yelp.com/biz/ritual-coffee-roasters-san-francisco- Four Barrel.  I *loved* the espresso out of this place.  Drinking it while
sitting in an alley is sort of fun too.http://www.yelp.com/biz/four-barrel-coffee-san-francisco- And, if you're in the south bay, Barefoot.  Personally, I think these guys
are the best in the bay area.  The espresso I had on Saturday had a
distinctly different flavor from the Ritual espresso.http://www.yelp.com/biz/barefoot-coffee-roasters-santa-claraHave fun!
BZ
On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 12:42 PM, Les  wrote:
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8) From: Jason Riedy
And Tom & Maria writes:
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Amen.  Although you can get a good "Berkeley experience" at the
Free Speech Movement Cafe in the middle of campus[1].  As with
pretty much all the cafes in Berkeley, it's better for people
watching than coffee.  Musical Offering[2] on the south side of
campus is neat if you're a classical music fan; it's a cafe,
record store, and recording label office.  Oakland seems to be
sprouting coffee shops like mad.  I knew someone working at
Awaken[3] who takes great care when making coffee, so I'll
mention them.  If you get suckered into going to Concord, Panama
Red[4] is filled with great people.
Some of the non-coffee-shops have better coffee than you expect.
Unfortunately, the places I knew closed or stopped serving
retail.  I can point you at a really good AND affordable
cheese store[5], though...
Jason
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9) From: Gary Foster
Absolutely agree.  I hardly ever go to napa anymore, I go up to sonoma
and go to the wineries in the dry creek area (as a matter of fact, I
was just there yesterday).  Some of the best zins in the world are
coming out of the small wineries in dry creek (Mazzocco, A. Rafanelli,
etc.) and you'll get them for less than you'll pay in napa.  A
surprise sleeper up there is Family wineries (a 6 winery coop that
shares a tasting room).  I just bought a pinot there yesterday that
blew my socks off (yes, I was barefoot the rest of the day).
I also stop at the flying goat in Santa Rosa on my way up.  Definitely
a good (although not in barefoot league) coffee stop on the way.
Healdsburg is a great place to end a day of wine tasting too,
especially if you go to the bear republic.  Great food and incredible
beer, after a day of wine tasting I'm generally ready for a change of
pace and a friend of mine just got a job there as an assistant
brewmaster :)
-- Gary F.
On Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 12:56 PM, Bonnie Polkinghorn
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