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The science of coffee: Algorithm opens in Berkeley

Algorithm Coffee. Photo: Jesse Weiser
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Walking into the new Algorithm Coffee shop is like stepping into an alternate universe. Sleek and minimalist, the space is worlds away from the snarling, honking traffic of University Avenue in West Berkeley. It bears almost no resemblance to its former identity as the eclectic, bohemian Café Yesterday that shuttered late last fall.

Still in place is the long counter near the front door and side bar outfitted with beer and cold brew taps. And Aaron Hubbard, who took over the café in 2014, is still pouring coffee.

But, he says, he is now doing it his way. … Continue reading »

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Bites: The Butcher’s Son, People’s Café, more

Vegan cojita cheese from The Butcher's Son. Photo: The Butcher's Son/Facebook
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Openings, closings…

BUTCHER’S SON TO OPEN FEB. 22 At long last, The Butcher’s Son, the vegan butcher shop and deli that originally planned on opening on Solano Avenue, is set to open at 1941 University Ave. The shop announced its opening day, Feb. 22, on its Facebook page. Co-owner Pete Fikaris told NOSH last fall that The Butcher’s Son will be “less bakery” and “more deli,” and it will include dinner service once the deli is up and running. To that end, Fikaris acquired a liquor license for the location and will be serving beer and wine. For now, though, The Butcher’s Son will be in soft opening with more limited daytime hours (7 a.m. to 3 p.m.). It will be serving coffee, bagels, baked goods, cheeses, meats, cannoli and a “few other things.” Everything will be vegan, of course. The Butcher’s Son will be at 1941 A University Ave. (at Bonita Avenue), Berkeley. Connect with the deli on FacebookContinue reading »

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Berkeley’s Flux Coffee puts cold brew on tap

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Some five years ago, Arsalan Pourmand left his job managing a rock-climbing gym in New York to help a friend open a coffee shop — a business about which he knew nothing. But Pourmand proved to be a quick learner, especially since his habit had him drinking numerous cups a day. When he tasted cold-brewed coffee for the first time, it was love at first sip. A beverage with higher levels of caffeine but none of the acidity or bitterness of traditionally prepared coffee, cold brew became a new obsession. Pourmand wanted to know where he could buy it, but he learned that it was hard to find.

So he started experimenting at home, making a gallon of cold brew at a time. “My kitchen looked like a meth lab, with beakers and glass tubes,” he said. “No one had seen anything like it.” … Continue reading »

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Café Yesterday: Cocoa Puffs and Verve coffee for all

Cafe Yesterday mixes granola and gummi bears.
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When Midwest transplant Ryan Brinson recently set up shop in Berkeley, he thought he’d died and gone to heaven. Well, that might not be how Brinson, an ordained minister, would characterize it. But the rock and roller with religious roots definitely felt like he had come home.

Brinson, a keyboard-playing long-time preacher in San Diego, decided to switch gears and locations to open Café Yesterday, a nonprofit java joint with a charitable and compassionate community approach — as one might expect from a man of the church. … Continue reading »

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Birdland Jazz finds a new home at Café Yesterday

Michael Parayno, Birdland founder.
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Late last year Michael Parayno, the founder of arguably the hippest garage jazz club and barbecue joint in town, was having some serious run-ins with the city — as first reported on Berkeleyside.

Parayno was operating a very popular supper club, then called the Multi Culti Grill and Birdland Jazz, out of his Sacramento Street residential address across from North Berkeley BART. Almost 150 people commented on the three posts we wrote about his situation, the vast majority … Continue reading »

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