Coffee is about more than caffeine. Expertly roasted beans and a properly pulled espresso served in a comfortable setting add up to a singular experience, one that’s hard to get right. Sonoma County’s Acre Coffee Roasters has honed these elements to transform a routine outing—grabbing a cup of coffee—into a moment of pleasure and repose. The coffee is as bright and fresh as the surrounding aesthetics, a stop for coffee may be your new moment of zen.
"Expertly roasted beans and a properly pulled espresso served in a comfortable setting add up to a singular experience"
In some ways, Acre’s growing number of North Bay cafés are the opposite of the Slow Club. Instead of dark and sultry, the cafes are bright and invigorating. Large windows flood the cafes with natural light, elevating the minimalist, black and white decor. While each of the three locations—One in Petaluma, one in Santa Rosa and one in Sebastopol—are different they share an industrial yet warm ambiance that invites a caffeinated conversation or focused time alone. Today all the cafés' coffee is roasted inside the Petaluma Road store in a 1950s era, 22-kilogram German roaster. It's decidedly old school.
"They share an industrial yet warm ambiance that invites a caffeinated conversation or focused time alone."
The heart of the roaster is the cast iron pan, a material that performs much differently than the stainless steel and aluminum of more modern roasters. It holds heat longer and takes an expert hand to coax the flavor out of the beans, but the lighter, more nuanced flavor produced by the roaster is beyond comparison.