Sunday, January 19, 2020

Perch Coffee



Perch Coffee was my first coffee stop during my California trip! Conveniently located right around Lake Merritt in Oakland, I stopped by after my morning run for some breakfast! I was a bit disappointed with the food options (mostly just muffins, bagels and pastries) but landed on a ham and cheese croissant. I was also already so hyped up from my run that I opted to try the Mexican Hot Chocolate rather than a coffee drink. My hot chocolate was tasty but could’ve used a bit more kick to it (maybe Cayenne pepper?) and could’ve been a bit hotter!

Prior to my visit, I had read a tons of review about rude customer service (seems like it’s a consistent issue with one particular barista who I did not encounter) but I found the staff to be friendly enough and I had an overall pleasant experience! My favourite part was that they encourage a plastic free experience! Perch has partnered with the non-profit “For Here Please” to encourage more people to drink their coffee in reusable mugs at the café. I did see a handful of people leaving with plastic cups but the majority of the customers brought reusable mugs or were enjoying their drinks and food at the café. There is plenty of seating and people definitely perched themselves for a while. I was happy that I didn’t feel rushed to leave and really enjoyed some quiet time with the sun streaming in! Definitely a convenient spot if you’re exploring Oakland and the Lake Merritt area!







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