SANTA ROSA, Calif.
In my continuing exploration of artisan coffee in the Bay Area, I convinced my friend Jason to stop into Flying Goat Coffee in Santa Rosa last weekend after our wine and crab feed. The artisan coffee roasters only has three stores in the Bay Area, all in the North Bay (in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg) so I thought we should check one out since we were in the neighborhood.

The Santa Rosa store

The Santa Rosa store

Brightly colored packaging

Brightly colored packaging

Started in 1994 by a couple of UC-Berkeley friends, the name Flying Goat was inspired by an Ethiopian legend about a goat herder who found his goat one night eating coffee berries and jumping around in glee, like they were flying. Much of the beans used by Flying Goat is from Ethiopia so the name seems appropriate.

Every coffee shop also has to sell a tea brand

Every coffee shop also has to sell a tea brand. Flying Goat has its own organic label.

Something for every customer.

Something for every customer.

We visited the Santa Rosa shop, right near the train tracks on the edge of what’s called “Railroad Square.” The brightly colored cafe has a modern and contemporary vibe. Both Jason and I tried the “Bangkok” coffee ($4.25), which is a latte with the added twist of sweetened condensed milk. I like my coffee on the sweet side so the added sweetened condensed milk was a nice touch, and the overall body of Flying Goat’s roast is soft and mellow, very similar to Blue Bottle.

Flying Goat Coffee was a finalist in the coffee category for this year’s Good Food Awards. It’s a nice spot to grab a cup of Joe after a day of wine tasting.

Making a latte

Making a latte

Tried the Bangkok which is a latte with sweetened condensed milk.

Tried the Bangkok which is a latte with sweetened condensed milk.

The Bangkok is finished with freshly grated nutmeg

The Bangkok is finished with freshly grated nutmeg

Flying Goat Coffee, 10 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, Calif.  PH: 707.575.1202. Opened 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. www.flyinggoatcoffee.com

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One Response to Exploring Coffee at Flying Goat Coffee in Santa Rosa

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    We are so lucky in the Bay Area to have so many good coffee purveyors around. Flying Goat is great. Have had their beans, but not that fancy latte, which looks superb.