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Nov 30, 2010 01:32 PM

Finally! - decent coffee in Richmond- Rocanini's in Steveston

Richmond has always suffered from a distinct lack of places to go for decent coffee, particularly "third-wave" style with latte art etc. The drought appears to be over now - in Steveston village, Rocanini Roasters has opened and they hit all the marks - latte art, siphon brewing as an option, and a giant La Marzocco espresso machine. I found the service very slow (10 minutes wait for a espresso) but they're just starting up, and training staff, so it's understandable and probably temporary. They failed my gold standard test, which is whether they can produce a latte leaf in an espresso macchiato, essentially a midget latte. This skill really separates the coffeemen from the coffeeboys. Nonetheless, the coffee is high quality, the space is pleasant, and there are many options...

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