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Village Grounds – Serious coffee in Berkeley (Barefoot & Flying Goat) & Empanadas

rworange | Mar 9, 200611:18 PM

This new café on Shattuck, almost across the street from Café Gratitude, serves coffee from Barefoot Coffee Roasters of Santa Clara and Flying Goat Coffee of Healdsburg.

This is the only East Bay coffee shop that I’ve found that is in the same class as some of the top SF coffee shops.

They are really good about asking exactly how you would like your coffee. They made the perfect dry cappuccino to my taste. The bean they use depends on the drink.

Espresso drinks use three different roasts
- mild – Barefoot – for cappuccino
- medium – Flying Goat – for espresso
- dark – Flying Goat – for mocha

For a plain old cup, it is Flying Goat Coffee, Mrs. Garland’s Blend. Prices are excellent too – small ($1), medium ($1.25), large ($1.50). Espresso drinks run from $1.25 to a top price of $2.75 for a large Tweek (double shot and coffee … that should wake you up).

Teas are from Bungalow Tea of Santa Cruz. It is loose leaf tea that they use to hand-fill tea bags. They have Earl Gray, Irish Breakfast, Orange Spice, Decaf Organic Herbal, Organic Ancient Forest Green Tea, and Dragon Phoenix Jasmine Pearl.

They also sell Chica Morada, a drink made of purple corn, juices and spices.

The Latin touch extends to some Mexican pastries and empanadas.

The empanadas are made by a family in San Jose, who from what I under stand only makes empanadas and wedding cakes. There are three types: Organic Chicken Mushroom, Beef, and Mediterranean. They are large lunch types for $4.50.

I had the chicken which had lots of chicken, fresh mushrooms in a light sauce. The crust was good too. It was filling yet delicate.

They have lots of other baked goods. There were some samples of an excellent lemon bun from City Bakery. There are also, biscotti, brownies, coffee cake, cookies, muffins, scones, pecan bars and sliced apple with honey. The only things that didn’t look interesting were the bagels and the croissants.

Very nice place with large windows looking out on Shattuck. Wooden Duck of Berkeley which makes “quality, simply styled furniture at the lowest prices possible while maintaining a commitment to the environment by using recycled materials whenever possible” made the handsome tables and chairs, including some pretty Moroccan tile tables.

WiFi is available.

It is a very pleasant café and the owners are a very nice couple. Beans can be bought by the pound also … and they will grind them for you if you would like.

Village Grounds
1797-A Shattuck Avenue (at Delaware)
Berkeley, CA 94709


Mon - Fri: 7am to 10pm
Sat - Sun: 8am-7pm

Link: http://www.villagegrounds.com/

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