300 Webster Street, Oakland
M-F 7-5, Weekends 8-5
We moved into our Webster Street production facility in September of 2009. Built in 1923, it is a scrupulously restored brick warehouse that has been converted into our roastery, complete with a kitchen, training lab, coffee bar, offices and cupping rooms. The straightforward materials – brick, timber, concrete, glass, structural steel – make 300 Webster Street a peaceful and inspiring place to roast and drink coffee.
We roast our coffee on vintage German Probat machines that date back to the late 1950s. We like the simplicity of these, as well as the extraordinary mellowness imparted by Probat’s proprietary metal alloy of this period. No part of our roasting process is automated.
Our roasters (the people, not the machines) undergo a rigorous apprenticeship before they are allowed to roast coffee for our discerning customers. Their dedication, intuition, endurance, good humor, and willpower are tested while they learn to know the machine as well as a concert pianist knows her or his Bechstein.