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 Post subject: Black Spring Coffee Company
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:22 pm 
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Has anyone checked out Black Spring Coffee Company? They're about a block away from my old digs and they've taken over Fat Bottom Bakery's recipes, it sounded like. Both are enough reasons to intrigue me! Two all-vegan caf├ęs in Oakland? Be still my heart*!

They don't have a website but this is them on yelp:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/black-spring-co ... ny-oakland

*which belongs to Timeless but it's nice to have options.


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 Post subject: Re: Black Spring Coffee Company
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:53 pm 
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Nice! I pretty much never have reason to go around Pill Hill but I'd be happy to make a special trip to check this out. The more vegan businesses, the better!

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 Post subject: Re: Black Spring Coffee Company
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:07 pm 
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If you get there first, do tell!

It's a funny area with a lot of empty store fronts, but close by there's also a eastern market (Oasis) and Commonwealth Cafe (a pub that has vegan pop-ups sometimes!) if you want to check out some other stuff while you're there!


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 Post subject: Re: Black Spring Coffee Company
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:09 pm 
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damn more coffee choices. my boyfriend bisques enough about driving me to get the perfect cup.

question: most places close early. where is a good place to get a cup for a ride home at around 8?

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 Post subject: Re: Black Spring Coffee Company
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:12 am 
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madeleine.teacup wrote:
If you get there first, do tell!

It's a funny area with a lot of empty store fronts, but close by there's also a eastern market (Oasis) and Commonwealth Cafe (a pub that has vegan pop-ups sometimes!) if you want to check out some other stuff while you're there!


Oasis is the best, I've been there a handful of times to buy supplies for testing Kittee's recipes. My boyfriend FREAKS OUT whenever we go there (his family is from Lebanon) and has to resist buying All Of The Food. I've actually never been to Commonwealth but have a few friends who are soccer fanatics and so I know they're down there quite often. I know the owner is pretty friendly and has been super open to accommodating vegan requests, so I'd love to check them out some time!

MMC, as far as late coffee, it depends on where you're talking about. Downtown Oakland area? The city? Berkeley?

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 Post subject: Re: Black Spring Coffee Company
PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:51 pm 
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Erika Soyf*cker wrote:

MMC, as far as late coffee, it depends on where you're talking about. Downtown Oakland area? The city? Berkeley?



oakland/berk area. the chains even close early it seems.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Spring Coffee Company
PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:30 pm 
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Ooo, I'd love to check this place out!


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 Post subject: Re: Black Spring Coffee Company
PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:45 am 
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I went this morning!

I had been under the impression that they were a vegan cafe (not true!) because all the baked goods are vegan (true!) and all the reviews I read mentioned soy and almond milk but not cow milk.

I got a soy mocha and my sweetheart got a soy latte. Both were good but not mind blowing - I think I don't really like the chocolate they use, even though they are cute and grate a little on top of the foam. Plus: 50 cent vegan tax!

I also got a cranberry scone, which was tasty.

The atmosphere is a little weird - I love open spaces but this felt more empty than open.

Anyway! Sorry I was wrong about it being a vegan business but it is still nice to see a vegan-friendly cafe in that area; when I lived there there was only one cafe walking distance and it was just the worst.


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 Post subject: Re: Black Spring Coffee Company
PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:01 pm 
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I've had a few drip coffees from this place, and they were great. This is what makes me sad: having to ask for soy or almond milk. For a business that only serves vegan pastries, you'd think a milk alternative would be a constant creamer option! Sadly, I was too full of doughnuts to try any of their non-liquid goodies.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Spring Coffee Company
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I don't get the vegan tax in places like this. I mean, maybe in 1996, when everyone was just learning how to pronounce 'espresso' to begin with, and you and the weird hippy lady who makes all of her own shoes out of burlap were the only ones asking for soy. But in 2014, in a cafe where all the pastries are already vegan, it's not like a business runs a serious risk of having their soy milk expire on the shelf, so why is this not just figured into operating costs?

ETA: it's been over 14 years since I bought dairy milk, so is there a huge cost difference? I mean, I know about dairy subsidies and that could explain it. But if there's no enormous cost differential between soy and dairy, then... shiitake.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Spring Coffee Company
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a few years back the boyfriend's mom was buying dairy and i was shocked at how much it cost....i think soy is cheaper!

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