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Re: “The Economics of a $16 Cup of Coffee

About half-a-century ago advertising agencies came up with the same principle: "sell the sizzle not the steak."

Folks in Oakland who like coffee should look at local coffee importer Sweet Maria's website. You can buy green coffee from all over the world there, roast it at home and have a fine cup at a lower cost than buying grocery store coffee.

One of the major problems with commercially-produced coffee is that it is 'way over-roasted so that it has nothing other than the taste of burnt beans. Then you add milk, sugar and other flavorings to make it palatable.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 06/26/2016 at 10:34 AM

Re: “The Economics of a $16 Cup of Coffee

Obscene first world pricing or not, if coffee was grown commercially in California it would cost as much for 12 ounces as you pay for a good glass of red wine in a 6 ounce cup. Get accustomed to paying more for coffee as the coffee producing world (read: dveloping world) develops and wants what we have had for decades. Namely, a living wage.

Posted by David Evans on 06/23/2016 at 1:32 PM

Re: “The Economics of a $16 Cup of Coffee

Sorry, but I think this is an obscene first world price to pay for a cup of coffee no matter how difficult it is to get it here or how good it tastes. Enough is enough. I had it last year with the "warmed toast" for several dollars story. Leave our coffee excellent but reasonable, say the 99%-ers. Thank you - end of mini-rant.

Posted by Francesca M. Austin on 06/22/2016 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Noodles Fresh: The Intra-National House of Noodles

Go again, Michael. Every restaurant, as you mention, takes a couple months to hit its stride. It's coming up on a year now and the service and most of the food offerings are wonderful. I go all the time and take all my friends. We love it. Don't miss the amazing garlic cucumbers, but don't eat them before a date...unless your date is going to eat them, too!

Posted by Jessie West on 06/16/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Faux Meat Keeps It Real at The Butcher's Son and Taqueria La Venganza

The veganism of hipster bearded gentrification.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 06/13/2016 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Faux Meat Keeps It Real at The Butcher's Son and Taqueria La Venganza

So overrated. I find it so odd that so many people are falling all over themselves to heap praise on this food. Everything at the Butchers Son tastes exactly the same. And does a real NY Deli charge $9+ for a bagel with a couple pathetic toppings?

And while the taqueria does much better, especially with regards to price, the well to do white kids waiting in line kinda takes away the idea that you're magically being transported to Fruitvale...

Posted by Kelly H williams on 06/12/2016 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Algerian Food Comes to Berkeley

Glad there is algerian food around , it has been 4 months for me here , struggling to cook algerian recepes, I live in oakland and I will definitely pass by for couscous and mhajeb, I'm from setif by the way , good luck guys and I'm really proud of you

Posted by Ahlam Ziani on 06/12/2016 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Faux Meat Keeps It Real at The Butcher's Son and Taqueria La Venganza

I liked the Greek place, but since now gone, decided to check-out the new. Appreciate that Butcher's Son is giving neighborhood vegans a fun alternative to Herbivore for faux philly cheese steak and other faux meaty goodness. EXCEPT: over-priced AND got a big hair (not mine) in half my sandwich. Was hair of man doing food prep in area behind cash register/ordering counter--YUCK! I didn't say anything at the time because needed to shortly leave and they were in midst of lunch rush. TIP: coffee is free refills if you drink it there. Vegan donuts they make onsite were tasty, not sure how compares to Pepples.

Posted by Luna O. on 06/08/2016 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Faux Meat Keeps It Real at The Butcher's Son and Taqueria La Venganza

I usually agree with you, Luke, but the Butcher's Son is way overblown. I much preferred the humble Greek place that left - their meatball sub blew this one away.

Posted by Jono Schneider on 06/08/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Faux Meat Keeps It Real at The Butcher's Son and Taqueria La Venganza

Estos tacos son una delicia, además están preparados con toda limpieza. Las salsas me encantaron. Arturo

Posted by Violeta Arciniega on 06/08/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Togi's Serves Real Mongolian Food

Thanks guys and welcome

Posted by Togi on 06/01/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

I have lived in Oakland for 56 years and I can tell there have been many, many restaurants that have come and gone. The new owner has every right to pursue his own dreams. He bought the building with the intention of opening his own business. What's wrong with that??? As for the Nigerian place, well he needs to find another location if he truly wants to continue. Don't chastise the new owner for wanting to provide some new blood into the neighborhood.

Posted by FatherLeonard L Marrujo on 05/27/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

The Popey's at the bottom of Park Blvd. needs a new restaurant (and can probably get a City or OBDC loan to fix it up). There are a few extra spaces around there as well. Close to the lake to boot.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 05/26/2016 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

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Posted by Editor on 05/21/2016 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

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Posted by Editor on 05/21/2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Algerian Food Comes to Berkeley

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Posted by Editor on 05/20/2016 at 3:05 PM

Re: “Blind Tiger's Asian-Fusion Small Plates Speak for Themselves

Place with be closed by the end of the year.

Just like a dozen or more places on Telegraph in that area.

We're not at SF levels of densely to support all the semi-high priced restaurants. You can't walk out of a place like that for two and spend less than 50 with a tip.

Posted by Mike Yarmouth on 05/19/2016 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

Such an inspiring story! Finally, a white person was able to realize their dreams, despite being up against some pretty powerful forces...like West African immigrants and their beloved neighborhood restaurant. Thank goodness there won't be any more live African music in the neighborhood, or place for West African people to congregate and have a good time — sounds like it was a total drag.

And it's about time Oakland got a bougie gentrification-ass beer garden! That sort of thing was really lacking in this city until now. Just what Oakland needs. You're a real hero, Paul.

Posted by Max Chanowitz on 05/19/2016 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

Miliki responded to neighborhood concerns when they hired the long-time cook at the old Full House Cafe (now Sequoia) and started serving breakfast. They are a valued member of the community. To displace them, though the right of the property owner, is callous and not in keeping with the community spirit that Miliki has contributed to and fostered for many years. It looked at first that the beer garden was going into the space next to Miliki. It's a pity that the property owner does not pursue this arrangement, which in my mind would be a win-win.

Posted by Gregory 'gar' Russell on 05/19/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Oakland's Only Nigerian Restaurant Makes Way for a New Beer Garden

Just because he's nice about it and it's "his dream" doesn't mean it's not gentrification. He is still pushing an existing neighborhood business out. Extremely disappointing to say the absolute least.

Posted by Tania D. Russell on 05/19/2016 at 9:23 AM

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