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Red Berry Coffee Bar

Red Berry Coffee Bar

About a year after we wrote that Backdoor Broken Door Espresso had closed up, San Jose city workers can once again get some high-octane fuel withing walking distance. Red Berry Coffee Bar has taken over the location where eMocha Cafe and Backdoor Broken Door Espresso once stood. They’ve been open since about 8 weeks ago.

Red Berry is brewing coffee from local favorite Barefoot Coffee Roasters. The coffee has some serious kick, and some complex flavors that aren’t revealed in the coffee at a Starbucks or even at Peet’s. Even the decaff has real flavor (and a very small amount of caffeine, so be warned if you’re extremely sensitive). I had a decaff americano and it was served with plenty of crema to give it the real espresso flavor.

I had read that Barefoot attributed their flavor to a less aggressive roast, but Chris, who was working at Red Berry Thursday morning, and previously worked at Barefoot’s cafe on Stevens Creek Blvd., told me it’s really more about the source of the beans.

Red Berry Coffee Bar is at 231 East Santa Clara Street.

3 Comments so far

  1. Joann Landers (joannlanders) on December 19th, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

    I like Barefoot – I think it is served at Google. Nice to have Red Berry in town.

  2. Erik Ostrom (unregistered) on December 19th, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

    Small correction – the shop that used to be there was called Broken Door Espresso. Because their door was broken, I guess.

    Also, people should know that it’s not unusual for “decaf” coffee to contain small amounts of caffeine – in fact, one study ( found caffeine in every brand they tested except Folger’s.

  3. Matt Bruensteiner (thephoton) on December 20th, 2009 @ 10:15 am

    Erik, Thanks for the correction. Thanks also for the link on decaff. I think the Barefoot decaff might even deliberately have even more than standard decaff. It does have a noticeable bite to the flavor, that’s usually lacking in decaff.

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