First Look: Inside Blue Bottle’s New Oakland Cafe At The W.C. Morse Building

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While our friends and partners at Blue Bottle Coffee put the finishing touches on their latest and largest café, in the W.C. Morse Building in Oakland, I managed to sneak in to take a few pictures and talk briefly to George Hart, the company’s West Coast Store Development Manager. The new café was still papered up when I first visited, final … [Read more...]

Tierra Mia Coffee Expands Into Oakland’s Uptown Neighborhood

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With seven shops in their hometown of Los Angeles and now two in the Bay Area, Tierra Mia Coffee is rapidly putting together a state-spanning specialty coffee empire. Their latest expansion is a soaring space in the iconic 1930s Art Deco I. Magnin building in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. Tierra Mia is a fascinating company owned by an affable, … [Read more...]

Restaurant Week: Duende, La Bodega For The People

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This article originally ran on February 5th, 2013, and is being featured again as part of our 2013 Best Of Sprudge series.  [dropcap]P[/dropcap]eople are cheek-pressed against windows to see inside. The windows are tall, and it’s going to take a lot of vinegar to get their cheek smudge off, but I don’t blame them. The interior is … [Read more...]

Kickstart Your Week By Supporting This Very Cool Coffee Truck

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After last week's somewhat tongue in cheek "5 Things To Avoid When Crafting Your Coffee Kickstarter", we thought it's be good to follow up with a positive new Kickstarter project worthy of your consideration. The Eureka Coffee truck is almost ready to start scooting around the Bay Area, bringing coffee from noteworthy microroasters to events, … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake – Week of October 19th, 2013

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Maybe you spent the last week learning to pull shots, steam milk, and pour drinks like me, and now your hands and fingers are burnt and numb—or maybe you spent the week loitering at LA coffee spots, hoping to catch a glimpse of Jerry Seinfeld. Whatever the case may be, here’s all the coffee news you missed in the last 7 days —all in one spot. It’s … [Read more...]

Why Oakland Coffee Matters

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The coffee scene in modern San Francisco is vibrant and fascinating, and Sprudge has covered it well over the years. But across the Bay Bridge, plucky little Oakland - my home - is turning into a specialty coffee destination of its own. Far more than simply a San Francisco commuter community, Oakland is a city with deep roots, a proud identity, and … [Read more...]

Oakland: COE Rwanda Coffees With Blue Bottle’s Stephen Vick

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An important telex was recently signed for at Sprudge.com Global Occasional Willamette River HQ, sent to us by Sprudgie Award Winner Stephen Vick of Blue Bottle Coffee Roasters: "I'm doing a group cupping for the Rwanda CoE on Tuesday at 8am at the roastery in Oakland. I was on the jury and used to live there. We will cup all 26 coffee in three … [Read more...]

modern coffee 2nd Anniversary Party

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If you happen to be in Oakland tonight, stop by modern coffee, Oakland's "first coffee tap room", and wish them a happy second anniversary at their Tribune Building location, at 411 13th Street. From Oaklandish: Since moving downtown, modern coffee oakland has become our go to caffeine refill station. Tomorrow evening, their cafe in the Tribune … [Read more...]