“A Sledgehammer Of Love”: Coffee In The Morning At Oakland’s Pizzaiolo

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It wasn’t Charlie Hallowell’s intention to open a restaurant that would convert into a coffee shop in the mornings. He just wanted a cup of coffee. The restaurant, Pizzaiolo, sits unobtrusively on a busy stretch of Telegraph Avenue, the newly hip Temescal Alley its backdoor neighbor. At times the line from the impressively popular Bakesale […]

Indie Coffee Passport Comes To The East Bay

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Picture this: a high-end cafe serving specialty coffee in the embrace of a hip, up-and-coming neighborhood. Not hard to imagine, right? And rightly so, as the relationship is almost symbiotic: a great cafe, like a cool restaurant or classy bar, can be the catalyst for neighborhood change, and give urban dwellers an excuse to explore […]

Blue Bottle Acquires Perfect Coffee, Announces Coffee Technology Division


Blue Bottle Coffee, an international specialty coffee roaster headquartered in Oakland, California, has purchased Perfect Coffee, a Bay Area startup dedicated to advancing coffee preserving and grinding technologies, and the creators of a pre-ground coffee system that—wait for it, here’s a value judgement—does not suck. This marks the third major acquisition for Blue Bottle Coffee in the past 10 […]

Budding Bay Area Roasters Get A Boost At Highwire Coffee


In the last ten years, the Bay Area has become a mecca for nascent coffee roasters looking to make their mark on the exploding specialty coffee scene. It can get crowded, and certainly competitive, with fresh faces like Supersonic, Andytown, and Hearth butting up against the existing stalwarts like Blue Bottle, Four Barrel, and Sightglass; […]

Build-Outs Of Summer: A Second Shop For Modern Coffee In Oakland

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As the heat rolls on in the Northern Hemisphere, so too does our annual summer compendium of the latest and greatest in new coffee spaces around the world, in a little feature series we like to call the Build-Outs of Summer. So far we’ve profiled a monster movie Airstream trailer in Minneapolis, a high-end donut […]

Umami Mart: Japanese Design in Oakland and San Francisco

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Umami Mart is like an emissary from a parallel universe, where everything is gorgeous and well designed–even the instant ramen. Alongside hard-to-find Japanese foodstuffs, Umami Mart focuses on interesting, attractive kitchenware, barware, glassware, and coffeewares. Japanese products merge with Danish and Californian design, forming an aesthetic that feels utterly current in the Bay Area here and […]