A couple of weeks ago I took the day off for a haircut and doctor appointment. I used the time to also meet my friend Josh for lunch and coffee. We ended up at the very local Local 123 in Berkeley.
He got a cappuccino and I got a pour over of their Honduras. They recently started roasting their own beans, switching from Sightglass. Their roasting is still very much that light light third wave vein, but good. (Though I’m really not keen on the light roast espresso blends, but that’s just me.) If you want a dependable, fresh cup of coffee or espresso drink where they clean the machines regularly, then Local 123 will fit the bill. They also have food, which is definitely in the new artisinal/localvore vein, but none of it’s really vegan so I just ignore it.
The cafe is also twee in that third wave way, but I like it. They open it up to let the lovely San Pablo Avenue air in, and they have a nice secluded garden patio in the back. They always have some featured artist on the walls, which adds a bit of character to the walls.
Josh and I talked about pretty much everything. Soccer tactics, our friends’ upcoming wedding, politics, history, death, the amazing band Train and other 90s pop sensations. We talked so much that we had to get a second round. Josh opted for an iced tea this time, and I got the Kenyan pour over. Again, the drinks were great. I think I preferred the Honduras, but they were both really enjoyable cups of coffee.
After we finished dissecting the World Cup, Josh went get ready for a futsal game and I got a library card. It was a good time and I would go back any time. Let me know if you want to get a cup!
Shop: Local 123, Berkeley, CA
Coffee: Pour-over, Honduras. Pour-over, Kenyan.
Companion: Friend, Josh.