I tried to stop by Peerless Coffee Company (260 Oak Street Oakland, CA) for lunch, but found that they didn’t serve food except for the candies in their gift shop. It’s a neat building and they have a gift shop that holds various tea and coffee accessories as well as candies and books. There’s industrial-scale roasting equipment in the rear that you can catch a glimpse of while browsing the gift shop.
I ordered a shot of espresso. The girl behind the counter said it’d be a ristretto, but once I got the coffee, it reminded me more of a “double” that you can buy at Starbucks. The espresso wasn’t very enjoyable but it was drinkable and contained caffeine that I needed for the afternoon. There wasn’t much crema.
Oddly, there was an Oji brewing machine in their tasting room (which was closed when I visited)