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Oakland + Coffee = A Love Story

on August 13, 2011

You’ve probably heard of our most famous local roaster, Blue Bottle Coffee. Check out these cool videos by Ye Tian and Carl Nasman: Oakland lines up for Blue Bottle Coffee

But have you heard of Alchemy Collective, our newest mobile coffee shop (and first worker-owned coffee cooperative)? Learn more with Nicole Jones’ story: Worker-owned coffee cooperative is brewing up big plans for business

Or how about Actual Cafe, the bike-friendly coffee shop that turns off the wireless for laptop-less weekends? Check out Shilanda Woolridge’s story: Actual Cafe in Golden Gate goes laptop free on the weekends

Or how about Remedy Coffee, where the baked goods are even more famous than the brew? Here’s Dara Kerr’s story: A scone revolution is baking up in Oakland

Have you stumbled upon Sub Rosa Coffee, a shop run by an artist and designed to be a quiet hideaway? S. Howard Bransford checked it out: Low-profile space is the muse for Temescal coffee purveyor

Spend the morning at an Oakland classic with Shannon Service: Mama’s Royal Cafe

Want to know where all those used coffee grounds are going? Some of them are being used to grow mushrooms! Watch Ye Tian’s video story: Oakland company grows mushrooms in recycled coffee grounds

And maybe we’re drinking too much of the stuff? Anrica Deb investigated whether 11 coffee shops on three blocks is testing the limit: College Avenue loads up on coffee

Are there other Oakland coffee shops or roasters we should be writing about? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Dani on August 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Don’t forget Good Bellies Cafe on 46th and telegraph with excellent coffee and eats!

  2. Rafael Ebron on August 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Mr. Espresso and Peerless

  3. Mark Gartland on August 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Just had an espresso at Boot & Shoe Cafe (next to the restaurant of the same name on Grand Ave) that was excellent.

  4. Vlad on August 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Roast Co. coffee is the best in Oakland (or anywhere!)

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