Rip van Wafels Launches Coffee & Tea Subscription

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Rip van Wafels
By now, his wafels are a staple in third wave coffee shops, but Abhishek "Rip" Pruisken is just getting started. He's the man behind Rip Van Wafels, those thin, caramel-laced wafels modeled off Dutch stroopwafels that have lately become a mainstay in cafés all over town. Coffee may be a quickfire business -- the faster we get our morning cup the better -- but Pruisken is advocating for a slower approach. His entire branding scheme, in fact, is based on the plea to take more breaks. Stroopwafels are as much a ritual as they are a food item, designed to be rested on the lip of a cup of coffee or tea, to be enveloped in the steam and the flavors rising from the cup, assimilating some of the stronger flavor notes.

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The Perfect Five-Minute Drip Coffee at Home (And Other Fun Facts), From Mr. Espresso

Categories: Coffee, Oakland

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Andrew Freeman & Co.

Third Wave coffee has done a good job at closing the door behind it, leaving companies like Peet's and that one with the mermaid to seem like lumbering giants better at pushing dark-roast concoctions on malls in Orinda rather cultivating a purer appreciation of coffee. It's patently untrue, of course: Peet's was founded in Berkeley, and Blue Bottle clearly has galactic-conquest aspirations. But the battle lines are drawn. Small-scale roastery Mr. Espresso doesn't easily map onto them, having been roasting beans over oak in Oakland since 1978 for high-end cafes such as Coffee Bar and restaurants such as Perbacco or flour + water. I got the chance to look at the facility and glean some wisdom from a family-run business devoted to yielding the perfect Neapolitan cup as flawlessly as any temple to coffee on Valencia Street.

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Meet Kilovolt: High Voltage Coffee Coming to Oakland

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Ethan Ashley
Kilovolt hopes to open this weekend.
When Ethan Ashley moved back to the East Bay in 2008, he wasn't looking to open a coffee shop. Rather, he was hunkering down on a different project, getting an old, run-down West Oakland house back into shape. The house was his, just purchased, and awaited four years of work. Ashley took it on, learning very quickly that coffee is a vital ally in a project of that size, but hard to find on his side of the freeway. The four years he spent building, he also spent driving across town to spots like Subrosa and Awaken, scheming a way to give his own neighborhood the caffeine jolt it needed.

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Blue Bottle Buys Two L.A. Coffee Companies As It Continues Its Ambitious Expansion

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Blue Bottle Coffee: It's okay with us if it takes over the world.
Is Blue Bottle Coffee on its way to becoming the next Peet's or Starbucks? Recent moves would certainly indicate such. The Bay Area-based coffee chain recently raised $25.75 million dollars in funding -- from venture capitalists and other tech leaders, who usually keep their investments in the tech industry -- and it's using that cash to fund an ambitious expansion trajectory. First, the chain started selling its famous New Orleans iced coffee at Whole Foods. Then it announced it was opening a coffee shop and roastery in Tokyo. Today came the news that it's acquired L.A.-based Handsome Coffee Roasters and Tonx, an online coffee subscription service.


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Three Coffee Drinks You Don't Know But Should

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Saint Frank
A recent satisfied customer at Saint Frank
Humans are hardwired to be loyal creatures, I like to think. But nothing does so much to divide a city into a tribalistic den of animals as well as coffee, and nothing does so well to disguise a legal drug habit as "brand loyalty." That said, being picky is a privilege born from abundance, and San Francisco affords a lot of pickiness when it comes to coffee. We harbor some of the world's most talented coffee professionals, from roasters to café owners to baristas, and they're doing some interesting stuff. Chances are, you might not know about it. For a taste (or just some novelty), here are a few to get your hands on right now.

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Meet The Newest Coffee Game In Town: Red Bay Coffee Roasters

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Red Bay Coffee Roasters
Red Bay jumps on the cold brew train.

When Keba Konte went to Senegal in 2007, he found something he'd never seen before: raw coffee beans spilled across in iron pan, slowly browning over an open flame. At the time, he was staying with a family who, incidentally, was charged with the job of roasting for the entire community. What Konte saw was a style of coffee called Café Touba, wherein peppers are roasted and ground with the coffee and later brewed with sugar. The process was simple, but for Konte, an enlightening moment.

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Six Places to Find Great Coffee in Oakland

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Molly Gore
Blue Bottle's Morse location blends history with a modern coffee program.
If, for whatever reason, you're in need of more reasons to join The Great Migration to the East Bay, let us be the ones to tip the scale. Consider first the lower rents, sunnier days, a good food renaissance, and all the hip cred you can fit in a pair of second hand drop crotch pants, and add to that a thriving hotbed of terrific coffee. Thanks to cheap warehouse space -- as good for brewers and anyone looking to "get better at drumming" as it is for coffee roasters -- the East Bay has long been fertile ground for craft coffee (and aspiring musicians). Lately, there's been a small surge of openings and projects that make it an especially exciting time to head east and get your buzz on. For six of our favorite spots, read on.

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First Look at Andytown Coffee Roasters

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Molly Gore
Patrick Chaffey (Orivor) with Lauren Crabbe and Michael McCrory (Andytown).
After more than a year building out a tiny space in the Outer Sunset, Andytown Coffee Roasters is officially opening. The café is a passion project from couple Michael McCrory and Lauren Crabbe -- two young veterans of the industry who decided to bring the city's coffee zeitgeist to perhaps its quietest outpost yet. We caught up with Crabbe months ago when the spot was slated to open, before a slew of piping problems kept them from closing up the walls for several months. Now we can say, officially, the doors are opening.

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Coffee News: Local 123 Now Roasting Its Own, Blue Bottle Unveils Packaging, and Andytown Set to Open

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Local 123
This week brings an exciting development in one of Berkeley's favorite coffee hideouts, Local 123. As of last week, the café is now roasting its own. The café began as a multiroaster coffee house in 2009, serving Flying Goat, Sightglass, Coava, and Barefoot, later going exclusive with Four Barrel. Now, Keith Gerhke (Able Brewing, Coava) will be roasting the café's coffee out of his space in Pacheco.

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Jane on Fillmore Expands to Larkin

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Pete Kane

The criminally undercaffeinated Tendernob jolted towards a satisfying set of shakes as Jane on Larkin -- the companion shop to Jane on Fillmore -- has opened its doors, making latte art. An opening party on Friday night brought out none other than Supervisor David Chiu, so there is some governmental muscle coming to the corner of Larkin and Cedar Street, a less-than-savory alley best known as the place where Edinburgh Castle washes out its bar mats.

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