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Posted Fri Aug 16, 2013, 7:48am
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espressophile Said:

Not sure if you've done this yet or not.

Here's my suggested route (since it's circular, feel free to run it backwards if you prefer).

You know what's in Sacramento, so I'm not going to comment on that. :-)  Leave Sac on I-5 South and then take 4 West into Pittsburg.  Stop at Steeltown Coffee (695 Railroad Ave); it's a Four Barrel account.  Continue into Berkeley and stop at Local 123 (2049 San Pablo, also 4B), then go into Oakland and stop at Modern Coffee (multi-roaster, 411 13th Street), Awaken Cafe (4B, 1429 Broadway), SubRosa Coffee (4B, 419 40th Street), Barkada Bakery (Scarlet City, 4316 Telegraph), and Bica Coffeehouse (multi-roaster, 5701 College Ave).  While in Oakland, think about Haddon Hill Cafe (4B, 504 Wesley), and of course the Blue Bottle roastery.  Wow, that's a lot of Four Barrel.

Head across the bridge into SF; you know the big names in SF, but check these out as well: Epicenter Cafe (Chromatic, 764 Harrison); Jane (Stumptown, 2123 Fillmore); Cafe Capriccio (Intelligentsia, 2200 Mason).

Head south on 101 and stop at: Grind Coffee Bar (Klatch/Verve, 601 Old County Rd, San Carlos); Back Yard Coffee (Stumptown, 965 Brewster, Redwood City); Fraiche Yogurt (Blue Bottle, 200 Hamilton, Palo Alto); Red Rock Coffee (4B, 201 Castro Street, Mountain View).

In the South Bay: Bitter+Sweet (Sightglass, 20560 Town Center Lane, Cupertino); Chromatic (5237 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara); Top Nosh (Intelligentsia, 1167 Lincoln Ave, San Jose); B2 Coffee (Verve/Sightglass, 87 North San Pedro, San Jose); Amor Cafe (Water Ave, 110 East San Fernando, San Jose); Cafe Stritch (Chromatic, 374 South 1st, San Jose); Barefoot (1819 South Bascom, Campbell); Amour Patisserie (Blue Bottle, 13 North Santa Cruz, Los Gatos).

Once you've gone over the hill on 17: The Abbey (Chromatic, 350 Mission Street, Santa Cruz), and of course Verve.  There's also a Four Barrel account somewhere on the westside of Santa Cruz, but I'm too lazy to look them up right now, and you've already had too much 4B anyway.

Not much until you get to Santa Barbara, where The French Press (Verve) has two locations.

Now you're in Los Angeles, and hopefully you've used the bathroom at some point since you left Sacramento.  You may know LA better than I do, so I will simply state that the bulk of the shops seem to be clustered in Santa Monica, Venice, and Silver Lake.  Cafe Luxxe in Santa Monica (925 Montana) is a standout IMO, and Espresso Cielo (49th Parallel, 3101 Main Street, Santa Monica) seems interesting, although I haven't been.  Then head into Costa Mesa and check out Portola Coffee Lab (3313 Hyland Ave; perhaps out of your way but worth the stop).  On your way back north, you can head toward the Inland Empire and check out Klatch (go to the Rancho Cucamonga location), and Augie's (113 North 5th Street, Redlands).  Along the 210, you can stop at De Cafe Baristas (Herkimer, 500 North Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park) and Intelligentsia in Pasadena.

Head north on 99 into the general Fresno area (I know, I know...).  Stop at Cafe Corazon (1306 North Wishon) and Kuppa Joy (Verve/Victrola, 518 Clovis Ave, Clovis).  Finally, in Modesto stop at Preservation Coffee (1030 J Street).

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Thanks for doing the research for me!!  =)

 
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Posted Tue Aug 20, 2013, 11:34am
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espressophile Said:

You know what's in Sacramento, so I'm not going to comment on that. :-)  Leave Sac on I-5 South and then take 4 West into Pittsburg.  Stop at Steeltown Coffee (695 Railroad Ave); it's a Four Barrel account.  Continue into Berkeley and stop at Local 123 (2049 San Pablo, also 4B), then go into Oakland and stop at Modern Coffee (multi-roaster, 411 13th Street), Awaken Cafe (4B, 1429 Broadway), SubRosa Coffee (4B, 419 40th Street), Barkada Bakery (Scarlet City, 4316 Telegraph), and Bica Coffeehouse (multi-roaster, 5701 College Ave).  While in Oakland, think about Haddon Hill Cafe (4B, 504 Wesley), and of course the Blue Bottle roastery.  Wow, that's a lot of Four Barrel.

Finally, in Modesto stop at Preservation Coffee (1030 J Street). hope you know that one

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So much 4b in the east bay... however here some non4b recommendations for the East Bay. =P

If you make it up to Bica I would check Highwire Coffee they are just on the otherside of the tracks in Markethall, their roast of Blue Nile has been really good and consistent.

I would also recommend going to Beauty's Bagels they serve Flying Goat 3838 Telegraph Ave  Oakland, CA 94609, Timeless Coffee 4252 Piedmont Ave Oakland and Cafe 3016 (Wrecking Ball) 3016 MacArthur Oakland.

 
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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013, 4:19am
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Unrelated to original email, I want to thank folk for places I wasn't aware of as well. Going the opposite direction, sorta. From SoCal to SF then San Jose and down the coast.

Good luck on your trip. Mine doesn't take me to Sac this time. Maybe another time it will.

 
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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 4:34pm
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