West Coast chain locally roasts beans in Berkeley, and the staff is well-versed in these kinds of details. A casual, quiet, dark, and spacious corner café. More notable is its unbranded and non-descript storefront, which could easily be mistaken from the sidewalk as a Union St. furniture store. Lacking screaming branding/logos and trademark names, it's a relaxing and private space. They offer breakfast and lunch fare, magazines, and newspaper, but it's primarily about the coffee. Clean, modern interior with cherry wood tables and chairs. Espresso is serveb with a thin layer of dark brown crema. Heavy, intense tar and tobacco flavor tastes a bit
overroasted, burnt, and bitter.