Nothing fuels a road trip like coffee!

You’ve heard of a wine trail, but have you ever ventured down a coffee trail? If not, we’re taking the creative liberty and putting them on the map, literally! Between our 52 roasters across the country, there are so many ways that you can enjoy our vast selection of coffees IRL.

With so many of these roasters hailing from the Golden State, our first Trade Coffee Trail takes us to Northern California — from the state capital Sacramento, to the booming Bay Area coffee scene, and down the Pacific Coast Highway to the renowned surfing city of Santa Cruz. 

Travel Time: 4 hours (pit stops not included!)

Sacramento

Our journey starts in the state capital of Sacramento. Privy to the agricultural communities of the Sacramento Valley, the city has named itself the “Farm to Fork” capital. Naturally, Sacramento’s own Temple Coffee Roasters has adopted a “Farm to Cup” philosophy for their coffee program. 

Temple Coffee Roasters
2200 K Street
Sacramento, California 95816

Temple founder Sean Kohmescher has built the company on good vibes, great service, and exceptionally well-prepared coffee, so you know you are in the best of hands at their K Street shop. Temple’s largest, most adventurous location to date features an classic-meets-modern decor in this beautifully restored space built in the late 1880s. Among the many attractions is a full dessert and coffee pairing menu, Kyoto slow-drip coffee, a Curtis Seraphim pour over module, and a custom tap system for Nitrogen-infused coffee and tea beverages. The floor is made of over 500,000 hand-laid pennies with full outdoor patio seating for soaking in the Sacramento sunshine. 

Additional Locations

  • S Street: 2829 S Street, Sacramento, California
  • Downtown: 1010 9th Street, Sacramento, California
  • Arden Arcade: 2600 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Sacramento, California
  • Davis: 239 G Street, Davis, California

Marin County

After Sacramento, take a scenic detour through the beautiful North Bay region of Marin County. With its home base in the town of San Rafael, Equator Coffees & Teas has locations in the adjacent towns of Larkspur and Mill Valley. 

Equator Coffees & Teas
2 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley, California 94941

Located in the heart of Mill Valley, Equator’s flagship café promises a laid-back vibe with a fresh menu of made-to-order sweet and savory waffles, salads, and egg sandwiches. Mill Valley’s history runs through the café, from its rich coffee roots to the salvaged railroad ties and bicycle parts used to create the patio furniture. Sip a cappuccino or a glass of wine or throw back a double macchiato or a pint of beer. 

Additional Locations

  • Larkspur: 240 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, California
  • Proof Lab, Tam Junction: 244 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley, California
  • Downtown San Francisco: 986 Market Street, San Francisco, California
  • SOMA: 222 2nd Street, San Francisco, California
  • Fort Mason: 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, California
  • Lake Merritt, Oakland: 175 Bay Place, Oakland, California

Oakland & The East Bay

Across the bay from Marin County, the East Bay region beckons with a growing number of roasters and specialty shops. Here you will find several locations of Highwire Coffee and roasting-only premises for AKA Coffee and Coffee Manufactory

Highwire Coffee
5655 College Avenue 
Oakland, California 94618

With its home base in Oakland, Highwire was founded with the belief that great coffee could be shared in a space where everyone felt welcome; where connecting over coffee was more important than talking about coffee. In 2011 a scrappy, DIY version of Highwire was launched in the Rockridge neighborhood, where it still stands today. 

Additional Locations

  • San Pablo: 2049 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California
  • Coffee Trailer at Flowerland: 1330 Solano Avenue, Albany, California

San Francisco 

Ah, the City by the Bay. Home to Karl, the Painted Ladies, the Golden Gate Bridge, and a growing number of amazing roasters. Once overshadowed by the heavy-hitting coffee cities of Portland and Seattle, San Francisco is quickly approaching West Coast coffee mecca status. 

Sightglass Coffee
270 7th Street
San Francisco, California 94103

Sightglass’s flagship space houses their production roastery, a dynamic open coffee bar, a community gathering space, and the company headquarters all under a single roof. Nestled in San Francisco’s SoMA neighborhood, this small, but mighty factory comes alive with daily activities. From roasters practicing their craft, to baristas handcrafting beverages on the coffee bar, this progressive manufacturing and retail space offers customers a distinct and immersive coffee experience. Last, but certainly not least, The Affogato Bar on the mezzanine level, offering a fun, customizable experience.

Additional Locations

  • SF MOMA: 151 3rd Street, San Francisco, California
  • Divisadero: 301 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, California
  • Mission: 3014 20th Street, San Francisco, California

Ritual Coffee
1300 Haight Street
San Francisco, California 94117

With shops in numerous, classic San Francisco neighborhoods, you might be hard-pressed to settle on one location. If you’re looking to get a glimpse of the city’s more bohemian days of yore, Ritual’s shop in the iconic Haight-Ashbury district might be your best bet. Keep an eye out for the iconic cup and star!

Additional Locations

  • Mission: 1026 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California
  • Bayview (Flora Grubb Gardens): 1634 Jerrold Avenue, San Francisco, California
  • Castro: 2299 Market Street Unit A, San Francisco, California
  • Hayes Valley (at Proxy): 432b Octavia Street, San Francisco, California
  • Napa (Oxbow Public Market): 610 First Street, Napa, California

Santa Cruz

Beyond the SF City Limits on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, you will find beautiful beaches, forests, and small towns along the way, and — at the head of the picturesque Central Coast region — the legendary surfing city Santa Cruz, home of Verve Coffee Roasters

Verve Coffee Roasters
1540 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, California 95060

With its five beautiful locations in this city of 65,000, you truly can’t go wrong with Verve. If you’re looking to get the full Santa Cruz experience, however, we recommend their spacious Downtown location amid the wonderful shops and restaurants on Pacific Avenue. Here, you will find a large, wooded space with outdoor seating and delectable treats not to be missed! 

Additional Locations

  • 1010 Fair: 1010 Fair Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
  • Pacific Avenue: 1540 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California
  • Seabright: 104 Bronson Street, Santa Cruz, California
  • 41st Avenue: 816 41st Avenue Santa Cruz, California

— Peter Lacerenza, Social Media Manager

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