Chromatic Coffee 3rd Anniversary

  I’ve known the folks at Chromatic since before it was Chromatic and grew up with a few of them. They are changing the South Bay coffee game in huge ways. If you haven’t gone to their store to try some of the Gamut or their signature anniversary Unicorn Pony Blend (as rare as the real deal), now is a great…

Dana Street Roasting Company

It is always exciting to hear about local roasters who maintain small-scale retail stores. In-house roasters are even better. Advertising your own roasting brings a lot of credibility and professionalism to a store. I can’t tell you how many times people have asked, “who is Lulu? Who does your roasting.” I proudly smile, “we do our own roasting.”…

Red Rock Coffee

Red Rock is a cool Four-Barrel affiliated shop in downtown Mountain View. I’ve had some really great Four Barrel espresso at other shops lately, so I was really excited when I heard these guys train up in San Francisco. It’s always fun to see how shops that source high-end coffee put their own spin on the…

Coffee Society (Library, City Hall)

The best way to describe Coffee Society is quaint. It is definitely a second-wave shop and there is no way that it can compare to the bigger shops in the area; it is almost unnoticeable except that one of their barista’s mentioned their name once at my store. That being said, I liked their shop for what it is; homey,…

B2 (Bellano Coffee)

My recent visit to B2 was as enjoyable as my experience at B-1 (Bellano Coffee). No, maybe it was better, but I loved their second location for different reasons. B2 is located at the San Pedro Market Square and qualms about parking in downtown SJ aside, it is pretty easy to get to. It is on…

Roy’s Station

I first came across Roy’s by chance. I really like the Japantown in SJ and saw this old, converted gas station while checking out the Buddhist temple (see my work on Watsonville, CA Japantown on the JACL website!!). My friend, Joshua Kaplan, told me that walking past Roy’s was a mistake. He couldn’t recommend them…

Bellano Coffee

Belano is a gem sitting on the otherwise endless and busy Steven’s Creek, which has about 100 shopping centers you could pass by without taking notice. This shop was recommended to me by my buddy Josh since he used to run their account. My prior experiences with San Jose coffee on Steven’s Creek have been…

Red Velvet Latte from Bitter+Sweet Cafe

This is the first in a series of articles featuring the specialty drinks of certain shops; original creations that demonstrate the imagination of baristas pushing the culinary art of coffee towards new directions. When I first walk into a shop, I usually notice the shop specialty. Generally, this is just curiosity. In all honesty, I…

Barefoot Roasters

I really enjoy how much these guys love their business and roast their own coffee and I definitely will visit more often in the future, but I am pretty mixed on the place. I had a good cap one day, a good but not as good coffee the next day, a really helpful and knowledgeable…

Bitter+Sweet

Fantastic store, great atmosphere and aesthetics, outstanding products, and above and beyond staffing. Their barista Daniel is very welcoming, knowledgable, and willing to coffee talk. Really appreciated that. He had great technique, has wonderful milk texture in his capps, and though I am not a huge fan of Sightglass espresso (a little to heavy and…