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.
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.
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.
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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