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Alameda Coffee Culture Thrives with Grand Opening and Reopening of Four New Cafes

Karin K Jensen

Coffee culture is alive and well in Alameda with the grand opening and reopening of four new cafes. No matter where you live on the Island, one has recently opened near you.

Bay Farm Island Starbucks

On Saturday, November 13th, 10 am to Noon, Starbucks celebrates the grand opening of its first drive-through in Alameda at 980 Island Drive. Festivities include a performance by the Oakland Gay Men’s Chorus, face painting for kids, and presentations by Mayor Marilyn Ashcraft and the Alameda Police Department.

Aside from a drive-through, the Bay Farm site features high ceilings, a large skylight, and ample seating. The location is open seven days a week until 9 pm.

Signal Coffee Roasters

On the other end of town, Signal Coffee Roasters at 1536 Webster Street is also celebrating the grand opening of its café on November 13th, 11 am to 1 pm. Festivities include free drip coffee from 11 am to 1 pm, a pop-up donut selection from Souled Out Pastries, and music by Jazz Mafia Music.

There is an indoor seating area and an outdoor patio in the back. Pastries are locally sourced.

On his website, owner Brendan says, “An opportunity presented to take this unique historical building on Webster Street in our home city and turn it into a hub of culture, art, community, and coffee. With the enthusiasm and generous contributions of dear friends, we have risen to the challenge.”

Brendan says that Signal sources beans from ethical sources, roasts in Oakland, and partners with organizations supporting community development. The café is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 7 am to 2 pm.

In addition to its café, Signal offers coffee beans from around the globe, shipped via monthly or bi-monthly subscription, individual, or gift purchase. Complimentary door drop delivery is available to Alameda residents.

The Local

After a long period of closure due to the pandemic, The Local at 1333 Park Street reopened over the weekend under new ownership and is newly renovated with a cozy café feel. They serve pour-over coffees, espresso drinks, and teas. There are bagels and a case full of pastries.

Indoor and outdoor seating is available, including small tables for laptops, large tables for groups, and easy chairs by the window. The outdoor seating is on Alameda Avenue.

The Local is open until 5 pm Monday through Wednesday, 7 pm Thursday through Saturday, and 6 pm on Sundays.

Coffee Cultures

Speaking of coffee culture, Coffee Cultures at 1926 Park Street across from the Park Street Bridge opened earlier this year on May 31st. They serve specialty coffee and tea, soft-serve ice cream, yogurt parfaits, and pastries.

The space enjoys picture window views of Park Street and has a private courtyard with a custom mural by Alameda native David Burke. Owner Jason Paul has three Coffee Cultures cafes in San Francisco but says the Park Street location is special to him as he was born and raised in Alameda.

Coffee Cultures is open until 3:30 pm Monday through Friday and until 4 pm on weekends.

Coffee Shops for Everyone

Whatever your style of coffee shop, Alameda has you covered. Did I miss any that recently opened? Let me know in the comments.

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