list of bay area coffee shops – with a bay area coffee map

here’s my subjective ranking of the best espresso/coffee in the san francisco bay area, complete with a google map.

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key: more crema = better.  empty cup =  not so good.  Sorry about the funky anti-aliasing.



not bad:

drinkable but not pleasant:

  • farley’s (san francisco/oakland/emervyille, farley’s blend from sunshine? in san leandro)  Recently had a not good one from the 65th st emeryville location.  doh.
  • peerless (oakland, peerless)
  • woody’s cafe (oakland, ?)
  • crepevine (oakland/berkeley, ?)
  • riva (berkeley, ?)
  • starbucks (starbucks)
  • peets (peets)
  • uncommon grounds cafe (berkeley, uncommon grounds)

not drinkable:

  • none yet.  Maybe I have a high tolerance?

credit for working the google maps/wordpress hack: if you want to try this, don’t forget to add the &embed at the end of your link.

cafe 504 – Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

cafe 504 (504 Wesley Ave Oakland, CA 94606) is a pretty sweet spot to chill.  I had lunch and an espresso here:


super friendly barista pulled shots of ritual‘s lloyd dobler from a la marzocco machine.  It was quite bright.  I don’t taste the same fruity tones as indicated in ritual’s description, but it was bright, light-bodied and pleasant.   served in a bodum polka-dotted demitasse.


I also had a salad and a sandwich.  I wasn’t too impressed with the salad (though this didn’t matter too much to me) and the sandwich was good.  the space inside was neat – a small kind of dark space with blue walls with a kitchen that reminded me of a cabin.

there was also a dog patiently waiting outside.  I really enjoyed relaxing outside and enjoying a beautiful day in oakland.