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Richmond - Catahoula Coffee Company & Roastery ... Java that doesn't bite

rworange | Jun 2, 2007 01:44 PM

That's their slogan. Their logo is a picture of a Spanish breed of dog by that name.

The place isn't officially open, but if owner Timber Manhart is in the shop, he will sell you a bag of beans.

They do small batch roasting. I tried the Lola's Blend that was so smooth and sweet that every sip caught my attention. Timber made me an espresso with that bean. Black, the taste was different, very assertive with a pleasant ... uh ... nip. Just grrrrreat.

Here's there description from the website:

"Lola Blend
Espresso Roast
A bold & complex (some say stubborn) yet unexpectedly sweet blend of organic Costa Rica & Sumatra beans. Medium roasted to bring out an intriguing snappy twist."

No kidding. Organic too. Construction is still going on. The sign went up about two years ago when I first moved to the neighborhood and finally it came to life. The cafe will be formally open in about a month.

This looks like it will be a bright, modern shop. There's a great coffee roaster up front so you can see and smell the beans roasting. Very cool ... oh yeah ... PARKING too !!!

Timber is very nice. Sort of coffee nirvanha to me. Someone who is interested in putting out a great product without attitude. It has the feel of an updated version of the old-time coffee roasters in North Beach ... but with a better brew ... at least the Lola's Blend beats similar brews .... old and new.

This seems like it could be in the same league as Ritual Roaster, Barefoot, Blue Bottle, Flying Goat ...etc.

Ironically located almost across the street from Pup Hut on San Pablo Avenue

Catahoula Coffee Company & Roastery

12472 San Pablo Ave
Richmond, CA 94805
(510) 235-0525

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