25 Dec '14, 11pm
Exploring The Bay Area’s Multi-Roaster Cafe Scene
San Francisco, and the Bay Area at large, have long been dominated by big roasting names like Peet’s , Philz , and more recently Blue Bottle , Four Barrel , Sightglass , or Ritual . But as large as those names loom, there are outliers. Those cafes who’ve made, and continue to make the decision to not cozy up under the protective wing of one larger roaster, and decide to stock a whole bunch of coffees. What makes baristas and café owners decide to take this more difficult road, without the equipment, maintenance, and training support of a bigger company, in a region so rich with local roasting talent? I decided to talk to visit some of the Bay Area’s best multi-roaster cafes to find out.