yakster Senior Member Joined: 25 Feb 2009 Posts: 1,027 Location: San Jose, CA Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Wed Feb 26, 2014, 3:33pm Subject: Red Berry Coffee Bar in Los Altos, CA
I was in the neighborhood today and stopped on by the new location for Red Berry Coffee Bar at 145 Main in Los Altos to see how things were shaping up. Jeff, the owner, noticed me lurking about the back door and let me in to have a look, the place really looks great. He said that he'd be opening next week and pulled me a nice shot of Nossa Familia Full Cycle that he had laying around. He disclaimed that it wasn't exactly fresh or dialed in or anything, but it tasted very nice with chocolate and cherry notes.
The shop is much larger than their old San Jose location and even has a nice upstairs section too. I'm looking forward to their opening.
RoyceRuiz Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2012 Posts: 116 Location: San Francisco, CA Expertise: I live coffee
Posted Mon Mar 3, 2014, 9:57am Subject: Re: Red Berry Coffee Bar in Los Altos, CA
Its been a long time for Red Berry. Has anyone tried Forest on First in Los Altos? I haven't been yet but its a Four Barrel account and I heard they hired a former manager at Bellano's to run the coffee business. As a father with a young child Forest on First is appealing to me but I'd like to hear if the coffee lives up to the potential and I'd also like to know if it is ok to just get coffee or do you need to get food also.
Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014, 10:18am Subject: Re: Red Berry Coffee Bar in Los Altos, CA
Has anyone tried Forest on First in Los Altos? I haven't been yet but its a Four Barrel account and I heard they hired a former manager at Bellano's to run the coffee business. As a father with a young child Forest on First is appealing to me but I'd like to hear if the coffee lives up to the potential and I'd also like to know if it is ok to just get coffee or do you need to get food also.
Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014, 10:20am Subject: Re: Red Berry Coffee Bar in Los Altos, CA
I had a Four Barrel Friendo Blendo espresso at Forest on First, pulled by Paul, a former barista from Barefoot and Bellano. Very nice espresso. The cappuccino was also very good, made more like a traditional cappa.
Both Bumble and Forest on First cater to families with kids. As such there is no third wave coffee house vibe here. I kinda felt bad for the baristas who work here.
On a side note, I was at the not-yet-opened Red Berry coffee house on Monday and had a Wrecking Ball espresso. Thick body, sweet, caramel, milk chocolate and none of that lemon acidity, very nice shot. I did not have my camera with me to take a picture.
Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014, 5:30pm Subject: Re: Red Berry Coffee Bar in Los Altos, CA
You can walk in and just order coffee. Although the focus is on the food, there is not full table service; you order at the counter and food is brought to you. I was there on a weekend morning, and it was very crowded, so I just waited at the bar for my coffee.
In other news, Red Berry is open! They have limited hours for the week, as they are still training. So I guess it's kind of a soft opening, but it's open.
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