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East Bay-based Red Bay Coffee to open cafe inside Ferry Building next month

Red Bay Coffee's charcoal vanilla latte | Photo: Courtesy of Twitter via @redbaycoffee
By Matt Charnock - Published on March 17, 2021.

In April, Red Bay Coffee — the Oakland roaster that’s known for its environmentally-conscious practices and globally sourced beans — will come to the Ferry Building to bring their “fourth wave” of coffee closer to customers this side of the Bay Bridge.

COVID-19 has made us all put a lens on the goods we consume in our everyday lives... one chiefly among them being coffee. (In fact: Americans drank significantly more coffee at home last year than when compared to 2019, and they're now slowly hitting up local coffee shops more often, as well.) Founded in 2014, Red Bay Coffee has grown a massive following in the Bay Area, an audience that will happily follow them to their newest stomping grounds at 1 Ferry Building.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Red Bay Coffee to the Ferry Building,” said Jane Connors, General Manager of the Ferry Building, in a press release. “We’re constantly working to bring locally beloved, diverse, high-quality artisans to the Ferry Building, and we feel Red Bay Coffee is a perfect fit for our Marketplace.”

Red Bay Coffee is no stranger to bending and branching out to attract new customers. They’ve hosted pop-up brunches; the Black-owned business pours its sustainable brews from a decked-out-cafe van at Lake Merrit and its “Coffee Box” on Broadway in downtown Oakland, throughout the week; Red Bay Coffee’s merchandise and apparel offerings are geared toward reminding supporters that coffee is “Africa’s gift to the world” — and we should all be thankful for it. (We are.)

One of Red Bay Coffee’s main missions is empowering and supporting African growers and giving them an entry point into offering specialty coffees to broad audiences. Much like the company itself: Red Bay Company has taken pride in offering its customers an inclusive, community-driven experience that coffee drinkers can feel good about engaging in.  

“As a San Francisco native, I couldn’t be more excited to open Red Bay Coffee’s flagship café at the Ferry Building,” says founder Keba Konte, who grew up crabbing with his father along the Embarcadero — mere feet away from the building. “We look forward to becoming an integral part of this community of local artisans and sharing Red Bay Coffee’s story–and delicious, quality coffee–with Ferry Building customers.”

Red Bay Coffee will be located at the center of the Ferry Building Marketplace, right next to Book Passage; it will initially open for takeaway and outdoor seating only but will offer indoor seating when allowed. To start, the Red Bay Coffee’s Ferry Building location is set to sell a menu of fresh-brewed coffees (made from their roasted coffee beans), specialty drinks (such as its charcoal vanilla latte, Africano, and Vietnamese cold brew), and a rotating assortment fresh pastries.

To find other Red Bay Coffee locations and stores that carry the brand, visit redbaycoffee.com/pages/locations.

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