Bay Area Coffee Adventures that go beyond coffee Shops

We look at four places within the San Francisco Bay Area to showcase the region’s array of coffee shops.



Photos from Eddie P. Gomez

Cupping classes to classes about the history of coffee in-person coffee events that were once commonplace are now a thing of the past, or slow to be revived. In a local cafe, a cozy spot is a common pastime nevertheless there are times when people are looking to explore the brew and into the scenes of coffee. Here are four exciting coffee spots to check out within the Bay Area.

CoRo Coffee

Bay Area CoRoasters began in Berkeley in 2016 as roaster nevertheless, it has since evolved into a place for community cooperation and creation. For CoRo it is generally about increasing access to roasting device, or giving the required business education to start cafes.

CoRo hosts cafes that serve coffees brewed by its partnering co-roasters as well as its members. It is, however, CoRo is also a place for those looking to discover needed business abilities. Furthermore, the location is a ideal place to make professional connections and creating an online network of coffee buddies which is especially advantageous for those just starting out in the field. There are plenty of ways to join this exclusive coffee community.

CoRo offers everything for everybody. The facility currently gives three levels of courses on roasting, one-on-one sessions with a roasting expert and of course access to a variety of roasters. Check out CoRo’s site for upcoming events which include more than workshops on roasting as well as business development.

A classroom for laboratory utilize in the Royal Coffee’s Crown Room. Photo by Eddie P. Gomez.

The Crown The Crown Royal Coffee

Royal Coffee, a green importer, has its Downtown Oakland location, affectionately known as The Crown is housed in an exquisitely renovated 1920s building that was previously an auto dealership. It is a stunning example of utilizing different spaces in order to increase the functionality.

The Crown has an espresso coffee bar and lab, a roastery, and a tasting room. From creating coffees, to learning the fundamentals of sensory techniques, Royal Coffee has plenty of ways to entertain guests. According the lab director Chris Kornman, “Royal Coffee is a major importer of coffee and this is where we interact with people in a manner that is helpful to everyone.”

Another element that brews Royal Coffee apart is its staff members who are trained to make guests feel that they’re in the right spot to be a part of the specialty coffee aspect that is appealing to them. Royal Coffee’s website also provides an extensive collection of digital educational resources worth a look before creating a trip. Royal Coffee likewise gives a variety of classes that cover everything from purchasing green coffee, to understanding the technique of fermentation and processing coffee.

The playground at Fellow in San Francisco’s Mission District. Photo by Eddie P. Gomez.

Fellow SF Playground

The trendy flagship store of Fellow is situated in San Francisco’s highly-rated Mission District, providing a elegant and attractive selection of brewing tool in person. Their highly rated online store is in the forefront of the pandemic-driven explosion of home brewing.

One of the benefits At Fellow is the interactive area that they call The Playground. Customers can sit down and “brew a cup, exchange tips or take a class or just chat.” Staff members are there to guide patrons through a coffee preparation class or to address any queries they might ask about creating their own cup of great-tasting coffee.

Visit Fellow to look through their vast assortment of coffee items or browse their calendar to see upcoming events. June was the month of an Queer Cupping event co-hosted by various local roasters to celebrate Pride Month in San Francisco. As summer continues more occasions are scheduled to be announced.

Guests enjoying a latte art class at Jiaren Café. Photo courtesy of Jaden Zhou.

Jiaren Cafe – Coffee, Tea, Community

Jiaren Cafe in Santa Clara is a non-profit neighborhood spot that is described as a woman’s empowerment and wellness center that assists people improve their lives. They likewise serve tea, coffee, as well as matcha and herbal drinks. The shop offers Ritual Coffee Roasters and a variety of cakes, as well as device for brewing.

Jiaren Cafe also hosts a variety of community-based events, including private and group classes as well as fundraising events for partnerships to support the community. The fact that Jiaren Cafe is located with an yoga studio speaks to the variety of services that are offered. Jiaren Cafe likewise has a coffee for heroes program which offers coffee and snacks to first responders and other people who are part of the community. In-person classes, including painting or latte art are likewise offered to individuals or groups.

About the Author

Eddie P. Gomez (he/him) is a freelance writer who is based in Modesto, Calif. When he’s not in kindergarten, he travels from city to town, mastering the art of the coffee and food adventure.

This article was first published at Barista Magazine, an online magazine dedicated to baristas and coffee professionals.