Indie Coffee Passport Program Celebrates Local Java Culture

Each $13 passport lets its owner sample the wares of eleven different Oakland coffee shops.


Launching this week is the Indie Coffee Passport, a program designed to promote independent coffee culture in Oakland. 

Here's the concept: A $13 "Passport" entitles its owner to one drink from a six-option array -- chosen personally by each café owner -- at each of the eleven participating coffee shops. 

These shops are all independent coffee outfits in various transit-friendly Oakland neighborhoods including Downtown, Old Oakland, West Oakland, Uptown, Grand Lake, Lake Merritt, Dimond District and North Oakland. The idea is to get people to sample and experience the city's blossoming indie coffee scene. Participating shops include 1812 Coffee Company, Akat Cafe Kalli, Beulah's Bean Truck, Caffe 817, Enssaro Cafe, Gaylord's Caffe Espresso, Howden Market Cafe, Kilovolt Coffee, Marana Cafe, Red Bay Coffee and the Uptown Juice Company.

Available online and at some of the participating shops, the Passport is valid from Aug. 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017. 

The Indie Coffee Passport has already debuted in other cities, including Chicago, Montreal, Toronto and Washington, DC. 

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