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Sep 28, 2007 10:37 PM

Cole Coffee [split from the San Francisco board]

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This probably isn't the right place for it, but ... if you're going exploring at Cole's you should get there before 11am. That's when they stop making poached eggs.

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  1. Are you getting Coles coffee confused with Royal grounds Coffee?

    They are physically next door to each other,but owned by different people.

    Coles coffee (used to be called Royal Coffee) has been there for over 30 years and is set back from College ave.

    Royal grounds is the Coffee place that actually fronts onto College Ave.

    Cole's has the freshest and best beans and coffee in the EastBay,great prices too.

    Royal grounds is the place that makes poached eggs.

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    1. re: Mission

      Nope ... there are a zillion posts about the poached egg on yelp ... it is supposed to be egg perfection ... though a notch below Cafe Fanny. I appreciate know that Coles stops serving the egg at 11:30. I would have missed it in that case.

      BTW ... a bonus to people who read every post ... Cole's is celebrating an anniversary 9/30 and there will be live music from 1-3 and a band.

      1. re: rworange

        Is that in conjunction with Out and About Rockridge? There's lots of stuff going on on College tomorrow, the street is closed down between Claremont and Lawton (Cole's is about a block away from that, but it's pretty close to the festivities).

        1. re: rworange

          Sorry... Coles Coffee does not make poached eggs.

          All the zillion Yelpers are mistaken.

          I have been buying my coffee there since 1982 when it was owned by Mr Mcloughlin who roasted his beans in Emeryville on Hollis street.


          I would love to see the look on the face of the Coles coffee employee when you ask them for a poached egg.

          1. re: Mission

            You are mistaken:

            Note near the bottom of the page:
            "Our Café location offers locally made baked goods, fresh sandwiches and poached eggs."

            Also, there is not, and has never been -- even when the names were similar -- any connection between "Royal Coffee" (which has been renamed Cole Coffee) and "Royal Grounds". The confusion was enough that before the name change they had a little note on the cash register explaining the non-relationship between the two businesses. Until the name change a couple of years ago, both the cafe out front and the place tucked in back were named "Royal Coffee". Neither one was called "Royal Grounds".

            1. re: Mission

              The two are one and the same business entity.

              The Smaller, coffee-only shop with it's entrance on 63rd, is referred to as "retail" and the front, which has it's main entrance on College, is referred to as "the Cafe"

              They are both Cole Coffee. period. end of story.

              Cole Coffee
              3179 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94705

          2. re: Mission

            Cole Coffee used to be Royal Coffee, related to the green coffee import business of the same name in Emeryville- some years ago Royal, which used to be only the beans/drink shop around the corner on 63rd St. took over the corner space to have seating and a more cafe-like space. A few years back the owners sold the business to the manager (at least according to posts here, although I've been going there for more than a decade I am not what you would call outgoing) and it was renamed.

            Royal Ground is a local mini-chain, but I am not otherwise familiar with it.

            1. re: twocents

              I'm heading over right now to order some poached eggs from Coles.

              I have to see this with my own eyes...and mouth and stomach.

              1. re: Mission

                Let me know how you like them. BTW, which are your favorite beans?

                The Ethiopian Harrar get menioned the most followed in a dead heat by the Red Sea Blend, Organic Mexican and the fair-trade, shade-grown organic Timur Blend. I'm leaning toward the Timur Blend because it was described as "rich and full-bodied".

                Someone who tried the Peru Organic Fair Trade, Guatemalan, and New Guinea said the New Guinea was the best of that group. There was also mention of Celbes Kalosi and Sumatra Organic. Decisions, decisions.

                Someone mentioned in addition to the disputed toast/eggs and La Farine pastries that Coles sells vegan donuts. Any info on that?

                And who are the East Bay Rats that keep getting mentioned. I get the feeling this is a name attached to a human group rather than a local rodent problem.

                If drinking coffe there ... drip or French press?

                1. re: rworange

                  East Bay Rats are a motorcycle club. Almost all the seats "in" the cafe are outside. On sunny weekends there are often dozens of two-wheel people (both pedal and motor) back from their rides. On rainy days, the tables are partly sheltered, there are fewer people, and personally I prefer being there then.

                  Peru and Timor are my usual beans. I had a Celebes last week and it was very nice, I may have a new favorite. Drip is the only way I've ever had it there. $.30 discount if you bring your own cup. They sell a small selection of La Farine for no markup. Morning buns run out early but since La Farine is a half-block away you can easily go get whatever you want.

          3. According to the guy working there yesterday afternoon, they serve poached
            eggs until 1pm on weekdays and 2pm on weekends.

            Yes, there are "vegan donuts" for sale. $1.75. They seem to look just like regular
            donuts. The sign says they're "People's Donuts" which I'm gussing is these people:

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            1. re: Chuckles the Clone

              Thanks for all the info. The donut was quite good. You are right about the hours. However, Coles isn't quite my cup of tea, so to speak.