Coffee aficionados have met their match in a coffee house that re-opened under new ownership in late 2012, changing the name of The Coffee Critic to Black Oak Coffee Roasters. From the antique woods decorating counters and to the vintage machines used to create great drinks--care has gone into every step of the process and experience. Then there's the beans, the roasting, the blends, and the taste...so good!
In November 2012 two Ukiahans "that brought you Lovers Lane Farm and Leonard Lake Reserve," now present Black Oak Coffee Roasters.
Black Oak Coffee Roasters bills itself as the premiere specialty coffee roaster in Mendocino County featuring always fresh and locally roasted small batches. Unrivaled dedication to brewing the perfect cup of coffee or espresso, their coffee buyer has visited the farms and hand-selected the best lots of coffee available in each global region. The décor combines their 1957 Probat coffee roaster with state-of-the art roast control technology, marrying the old world artisan craft with modern techniques for quality control and consistency.
Here is a sampling of coffees and concoctions that have been offered since
New signature drink, Lavender Latte: lavender simple syrup (house made from organic lavender flowers), espresso, steamed milk and garnished with dash of dried lavender.
New coffee available at the pour over bar in
the cafe: Ethiopia Hama Cooperative. Its their first coffee from the famous Yirgacheffe region in southern Ethiopia. This fantastic coffee features the
characteristic floral features of heirloom Ethiopian varieties along with hints
of ripe mango, peach jam and jasmine tea.
New cold drink: Elderflower Iced Tea, malty assam black tea with a hint of sweetness, garnished with lemon.
The slowest cup of coffee in town: Honduras Nelson Ramirez Cooperative brewed through a clever coffee dripper. We roast the honduras light to feature the terroir of the bean. This coffee features a milk chocolate sweetness with notes of vanilla and crisp finish.
New cold brew coffee at Black Oak. Steeped for 12 hours in cold water and then double filtered, cold brew coffee has a unique and delicious flavor and very little bitterness and acidity. Try some!
New batch of Crosstown espresso today! 58% Brazil Serra Negra, 21% Guatamala Hunapu, and 21% Honduras Nelson Ramirez. All small-lot coffee selections, roasted at different levels and then mixed for complexity and balance.