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Ritual Roasters

scarmoza Apr 15, 2008 12:03 PM

Does anyone know of any places, other than the Ritual locations, that serve Ritual coffee? I know that St. Francis Fountain was retailing Ritual's whole bean but serving Peerless. I've also read of a place opening up in Oakland that plans to serve Ritual coffee. But is there actually anywhere out there that serves it pulled, pressed, etc.?

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  1. swag RE: scarmoza Apr 15, 2008 03:43 PM

    None that I know of. They're sticking with direct retail pretty much. Which explains a little of the split between Jeremy and Eileen and why Jeremy's out behind Fourbarrelcoffee now.

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      ManSeekingCoffee RE: swag Apr 16, 2008 03:11 PM

      Yeah, I think that's right. I've heard rumors that Four Barrel has big plans for distribution.

      This article in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/04/bus... mention Ritual's proposed expansion north but that would be another cafe and not sourcing their coffee elsewhere. Probably the easiest thing to do is call or email. Let me know the results though. I've had a terrible time getting this kind of information from other roasters. For some reason, they seem reluctant or unable to simply give me an accurate and up to date list of places to get their coffee!

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      chompy RE: scarmoza Apr 15, 2008 06:11 PM

      A little place called Cafe 504 just opened at 504 Wesley near Lake Merritt in Oakland. I just went there for the first time yesterday. They have signs in the window for both Blue Bottle and Ritual Roasters. I got a great Americano that tasted smooth and creamy, but unfortunately I didn't get a chance to ask about which beans were in it. Next time I go I'll find out the scoop.

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        rworange RE: chompy Apr 15, 2008 07:20 PM


        Cafe 504
        504 Wesley Ave, Oakland, CA 94606

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          chompy RE: chompy Apr 16, 2008 03:06 PM

          OK, I went again today, and got a really flavorful and creamy cappucino with perfect foam. I asked about the coffee. It's a little complicated but I'll try to report back accurately. They make drip coffee by the cup, and use both Blue Bottle and Ritual for that (maybe it's drinker's choice?) The espresso alternates between Blue Bottle and Ritual every other day - since I was there Monday and Wednesday, both times I had Ritual. Not sure the type of bean, I think she may have said Sumatra? Anyhow, it was the first time I've had Ritual Roasters and it tasted pretty good to me.

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            oakjoan RE: chompy Jun 4, 2008 11:22 PM

            I must be dreaming! A cafe serving really good coffee just down the street from my house!! Pinch me! Cafe 504, here we come!

          2. Windy RE: scarmoza Apr 15, 2008 06:18 PM

            Spork serves Ritual coffee as I believe does Delfina.

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              bdl RE: Windy Apr 17, 2008 05:24 PM

              I think Firefly does, too.

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              Nina RE: scarmoza May 1, 2008 12:29 PM

              The place that used to be Central Perk in El Cerrito has just morphed into 33 Revolutions, and they're serving Ritual Roasters coffee and beans, along with Semifreddi's pastries and a menu of salads and sandwiches. They got rid of the vast amount of vintage and collectible trinkets that was crammed into Central Perk; it feels very different, a huge open room with sofas in the corners and diner tables for the laptop crowd. Free Wi-Fi. I had a Caesar salad which was okay, not transcendent, but very large for the money. As the name implies, they are also a vinyl record store; music is at a reasonable level though.

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                rworange RE: Nina May 1, 2008 11:30 PM

                I noticed the change. Same owners or someone new? The Central Perk owners were really religious and at first I thought the sign said 33 Revalations ... was going to look it up in the Bible to see the significance.

                Central Perk
                10086 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA

                33 Revolutions
                10086 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

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                  rworange RE: Nina May 4, 2008 01:58 PM

                  Answering my own question ...

                  Just found the website ... new owners ... "We get out of bed each day looking forward to a perfectly pulled espresso or a cup of French-pressed coffee that sings of the soil in which it was grown."

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                  rln RE: scarmoza May 4, 2008 08:35 AM

                  Flora Grubb nursery in Bay View serves Ritual coffee. I was there yesterday and they also had a nice selection of sweet and savory pastries.


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                    chipman RE: rln May 4, 2008 09:25 AM

                    That is Ritual Coffee in Flora Grubb Nursery. Not just a coffee house using Ritual beans.


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                      Xiao Yang RE: rln May 4, 2008 09:55 AM

                      Oh, THAT kind of Nursery....

                      They are planning to open a cafe in Napa at the Oxbow mall.

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                        rworange RE: rln May 4, 2008 12:54 PM

                        Nice pictures of the nursery and coffee bar on this blog. Seems like a pleasant place to grab a coffee and pastry when in the area.


                        Flora Grubb Gardens
                        1634 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA

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                          Windy RE: rworange May 4, 2008 01:27 PM

                          It's a lovely place. Skip the pastry though.

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                            rworange RE: Windy May 4, 2008 01:53 PM

                            Never mind. Replied to wrong post

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                              ManSeekingCoffee RE: rworange May 29, 2008 11:27 PM

                              Oh, I just thought I'd add to my earlier post. Ritual's newest cafe will be in the Oxbow market in Napa. Sounds like it's going to be quite a setup and should be opening anytime soon. Again, this is a Ritual cafe and not a cafe using Ritual.

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                        eatlikeagirl RE: scarmoza May 30, 2008 12:09 AM

                        There's a cute little coffee shop on Ocean Avenue called Java Jitters that serves Ritual coffee. Also, Delfina restaurant does for sure.

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                          ManSeekingCoffee RE: eatlikeagirl Jul 13, 2008 09:25 PM

                          Interesting. I just got back from Whole Foods in Berkeley and it looks like you can now get Ritual there. They're selling 12 oz bags which is typically bigger than what you get at the cafe - where they sell 8 oz bags, but the price was pretty consistent with all the 12 oz bags selling for $12. It looks like they had 6 different beans available with one slot empty. There was no decaf (unfortunately). I'm not sure if that was the empty slot. It was pretty fresh too. Roasted on the 9th so it was just 4 days old. I would guess they probably replenish it weekly but it didn't look like they had sold all that much. I imagine a few weeks of not selling and they might pull their stock.

                        2. lamoufette RE: scarmoza Aug 10, 2008 12:09 AM

                          wow - just had my first cup of Ritual coffee at the Oxbow in Napa - It was amazing stuff!

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