We think getting a delicious cup of coffee shouldn’t be complicated and it shouldn’t cost a fortune. We believe the best coffee shops are warm & inviting, with friendly staff and tasty products. That’s what we strive to provide for you. We want to serve you a damn good cup of coffee (or tea or latte or chai) and do it in a way that makes you want to come back, again and again. We’re not trying to change the world, we’re just trying to make your day.
– kristen, martina & the rest of the modern crew
I love roasting because it’s an opportunity to really get to know a coffee and turn the green coffee beans into the best of cup of brewed coffee that they can be. The coffees we buy are of stellar quality, so the truth is they’ll taste good at a variety of different roast profiles. Our goal is to capture the character of every coffee that we roast, to really allow that character to shine. With each roast, we run it through the filter – do we love it and are customers going to love it? We think the answer is yes and we hope you agree.
We’re lucky to have access to many great roasters right here on the West Coast, but we also source from outside of the area when we come across something that we can’t resist.
Our beverages are made with Clover milk, from Sonoma and Marin county family farms or Califia Farms’ super creamy and delicious almond milk. We use a ganache made with TCHO Chocolate’s 68% drinking chocolate in our mochas and cocoas.
We get our teas from three remarkable tea companies. G.S. Haly in Redwood City – they are guardians of traditional standards who have been importing some of the best quality teas since 1889. Smith Teamaker, in Portland, OR – the Smith team crafts our herbal & tea blends using the finest, freshest full leaf teas. Teance in Berkeley – our tea menu wouldn’t be complete without their 5 year aged Pu-erh.
Our chai, which is making a reputation for itself in downtown Oakland and beyond, is from Tipu’s Chai in Ronan, MT. Founder Bipin Patel created Tipus using his maternal grandmother’s recipe. We sell two varieties of chai: Masala Chai – made with black tea and traditional chai spices and Kashmiri Chai – made with green tea, cardamom, saffron and almonds.
If you arrive hungry, it won’t take you long to discover that we offer some amazing locally made food. These treats are delivered fresh every morning from Starter Bakery, Firebrand Bread, Hopkins Street Bakery and Boogie Woogie Bagel Boy.