Alchemy Collective Café
This worker-owned café in South Berkeley’s Lorin District boasts about its lack of bosses, managers and underlings as much as it does about the quality of its coffee. But the quality is, indeed, high at Alchemy. The café roasts its own beans — two blends, two espressos and two single origins — and serves them in a short selection of classic drinks, including the briefly very trendy “flat white.” Non-coffee drinkers shouldn’t miss the house-made chai, which is on the spicy and not-too-sweet side. Alchemy’s food menu is also solid, if a bit predictable. Assorted toasts and vegetarian sandwiches will satiate in a pinch. Alchemy Collective Café is at 1741 Alcatraz Ave. (at Martin Luther King Jr. Way), Berkeley. Wheelchair accessible. Connect with the coffee shop on Facebook.