I've always been an early bloomer with coffee. A fiend [I say connoisseur] who makes special trips around each and any city to score the good stuff. As a California resident, I like to think I carry some street cred when it comes a great cup of coffee. I evaluate on two dimensions- taste and ambiance. I recently started going to the Coffee and Tea Collective- a small artisan roastery and coffee tasting bar. My review is as follows:
The way to truly understand a coffee blend is to drink it plain black. With that said, the Ethiopian flavor I tried was bright, citrusy, and full bodied. Plus, the beans are roasted on site with Trade Free organic beans (good morals and environmentally responsible coffee roasters are always a win in my book). Complimenting this awesomely delicious pour over, was their Belgian waffle. Warm, crispy on the edges, but perfectly soft and buttery on the inside.
This place is the definition of modern meets industrial. It was the minimalist door sign that really drew me in to this hipster enclave. From my understanding, this shop also has rotating art installations from local artists. Gotta have love for businesses who support local independents!
Overall, if you're a coffee snob, a self proclaimed "hipster", a bibliophile, an art fan, or a mix of the latter named qualities, you will love this place.