Thanks for all of these awesome replies! Ended up making the drive out to Arcade, where we got a fantastic latte and I got a very nice cold brew, and some beans from Oaxaca and a very intriguing bag of carbonic macerated beans from Yunnan, China - very curious to try them. Also stopped by Baba’s Hot Chicken at the Riverside Food Lab, which was quick and very solid.
I’m sure we’ll be on the hunt again in a couple of weeks, with plenty of other spots to try!
@raihan thanks for the tip on Tulip House! Hadn’t heard of them before. Love their janky hipster aesthetic and the beans sound really cool. Looks like the physical location is closed, but may order a bag online sometime very soon.
@js76wisco great minds! We were actually planning to do a Portola + TM + Green Cheek run… on the day that TM announced they were closing. The area is definitely still a high priority though.
@JeetKuneBao Kean sounds really cool, and I wasn’t familiar with Martin Diedrich until you mentioned him, but just read an article - what an interesting dude!
Thanks @bruins @Dommy @ysancia too! Looking forward to trying those spots soon.