Despite being a heavy coffee drinker, I have not too much been into the serious coffee scene. However, I've recent found that it has served nicely as an excuse for exploring some of the local area at leisure. I was hoping that we could create a thread that consolidates some of the places and opinions of people on the topic.
Recently, I have been to Blue Bottle, Ritual and Four Barrel Coffee. So yes, when I say "serious" coffee, I mean mostly institutions that also roast their own. However, I am prepared to be flexible on this point.
I'll start by noting that I have been to:
Blue Bottle Oakland
A small coffee/espresso cafe attached to what is now their main roasting/distribution facility (I think). Low key, I think I have had the best examples of their standard single-cup drip and espresso, in my limited experience.
Blue Bottle Mint Plaza
On Mint Plaza, off of 5th street near the Westfield Center (Nordstroms/Bloomingdales), this is the location where they have the famous Japanese cold brewing system and the halogen-driven vacuum pots. I had only standard drip and espresso here.
Blue Bottle Ferry Plaza
If I am not mistaken, they now have two outside stands on Saturdays, as well as the newer inside cafe.
Ritual on Valencia
Here I have had a standard cappucino and one of the single-cup drips.
Here I have had a standard cup served out of an urn (which they brew in large french presses) and a standard cappucino.
I invite people to tell me what else I should try, both at these purveyors and at other places that I don't know about.