While exploring Kensington, I stumbled across Well Grounded Tea & Coffee Bar on Stockton Avenue. That is the street near Jack in the Box and the organic grocery on San Pablo.
Coffee, tea and milk are organic. The coffee is Lapperts and is ground and brewed by the cup. The Tea is Numi. Scones, muffins and pastry are from Semifreddi.
They have seven types of bocadillos ($3). The menu says the Spanish translation is a little mouthful. In this case it is a Semifreddi sweet baguette with various fillings.
There is a Spanish slant in the store. Little cryovacked packages of Spanish style chorizo and green olives are available. There are cans of olives with citron and small cans of Spanish toffee-coated almonds. Thats about it Spanish-wise.
I had the Barcelona bocadillo cantimpalo Spanish style chorizo with tomato rub and drizzled with olive oil. With Manchego cheese add $1. It was a pleasant little bite, the chorizo was mild. In-season tomatoes would elevate this sandwich.
The traditional version on the menu has Serrano ham.
Some of the sandwiches are drizzeled with Larrupin sauce. In this link it says it is a Swedish-style, sweet mustard sauce originally made by the world famous Larrupin Café in Trinidad.
Supposedly it is popular in Humboldt County and one of the bocadilos is called The Humboldt cream cheese, avocado, cucumber and tomato drizzled with the sauce.
Theres also a Caesar salad ($4.50). They have Italian soda and a few special versions
- Strawberries & cream strawberry soda, vanilla & cream
- 50/50 - mandarin orange soda, vanilla & cream
There are the standard coffee shop drinks. From 2 4 there is a happy hour
- lattes - $2
- Mochas - $2.25
- kids hot chocolate - $1
It is a postage-stamp sized shop with two sidewalk tables and three window seats. The owner is Jen Komaromi. She opened the shop last year. There was an article about the shop in the El Cerrito News (2/11/05), but it requires a fee to read it. The article is framed on the coffee shop wall and you can read it there for free. Nothing in it about the Spanish connection though. Komaromi grew up in Sacramento.
Well Grounded Tea & Coffee Bar
6925 Stockton Ave.
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Monday Friday: 6am - 5pm
Saturday: 7am - 4pm
Sunday: 7am - 3pm
Not much on the website besides location and hours