April 22, 2019

Berkeley: 1951 Coffee; restaurant review


80 North

1951 Coffee  2410 Channing Way/Dana St., 1 blk. from Telegraph Ave.

counter at 1951 Coffee in Berkeley, California
counter at 1951 Coffee in Berkeley, California

Named in reference to the 1951 United Nations guidelines protecting refugees, this non-profit coffeehouse attracts students with communal tables and a quiet, work-friendly atmosphere.  The menu consists of the expected espresso drinks and pastries.  I selected a frothy heart-topped latte and a classic, chewy mochi muffin, while my companion opted for an Americano and an almond croissant.  Additional noteworthy menu items include chai latte, a Kouign-Amann pastry (this scrumptious confection hails from the northwest Brittany region of France, and its name is formed from the Breton language words for “butter” and “cake”), and a pretzel bun filled with cheese.  The refugee baristas take special training classes and are being given the opportunity to earn a living, and both the staff and clientele spout an array of global accents.  The decor features atmospheric black walls, one of which is brightened with graphics and images that explain the refugee resettlement process.  The cafe is sponsored by the adjacent First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, and the cafe owners previously worked with the International Rescue Committee to help resettle refugees.  Coming here gives you the opportunity to enjoy a good cup of coffee while also helping make successful refugee resettlement possible.
          A branch operates in the ASUC Student Union at 2495 Bancroft Way.

pastry selection at 1951 Coffee in Berkeley, California
pastry selection at 1951 Coffee in Berkeley, California


interior at 1951 Coffee in Berkeley, California
interior at 1951 Coffee in Berkeley, California



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