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Modern Coffee

Coffee Shop$$$$
Downtown Oakland, Oakland
  • Tyler H.
    "Ask for burnt cinnamon."(2 Tips)
    Russell L.
    "Convenient third-wave coffee shop in the tribune bldg."(2 Tips)
    Daniel M.
    "Espresso is finicky like that."(10 Tips)
    John W.
    "Cute cafe with good coffee"(7 Tips)
38 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • burnt cinnamon
  • pastries
  • trendy
  • tea
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  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyOctober 24, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    The owners are beautiful people and the coffee they serve is on point. They just started roasting there own beans, which is a huge step and those beans are roasted perfectly.
  • Truth K.
    Truth KnowledgeApril 25, 2013
    Small, quaint, modern coffee shop located within Oakland Tribune bldg. Great coffee, delicious latte, tough parking.
  • Glen C.
    Glen CantrellMay 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Modern caters meetings!! We used them twice last week for an important conference, and the food was amazing. Definitely the quiche is a win. Of course, the coffee was great, too!
  • John W.
    John WOctober 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Cute cafe with good coffee and friendly staff a block from the BART station. There's some seating. Both the energy and music levels are high. FYI: there's no bathroom so don't drink too much coffee =)
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamNovember 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't miss the Friday cuppings at 12:30. There are few other places besides Modern where you can taste a coffee from three or four different roasters on one table and all at the same time.
  • Guillaume D.
    Guillaume DriscollNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Smiles and specialty teas are a wonderful way to start the day. Their pastries are amazing as well. Try the Kouign Amann (without chocolate) - heavenly
  • Tyler H.
    Tyler HayesMarch 3, 2015
    Iced latte doesn't come only in vanilla flavor! Ask for burnt cinnamon. It's hand made by the pastry shop.
  • Shawn G.
    Shawn GoodinJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The cups can leak a little so grab a napkin. Coffee is so worth it. Amazing pastries as well. #coffeeninjas
  • Geoffrey B.
    Geoffrey BinderFebruary 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get a single origin drip!! A) excellent selection of eclectic roasters. B) get a big pot that gives lots of bang for the dolla. Baristas know what's up
  • Russell L.
    Russell LMarch 6, 2015
    Convenient third-wave coffee shop in the tribune bldg. makes a nice spot after lunch or just off BART before work.
  • Xande M.
    Xande MacedoNovember 15, 2011
    Great multi-great-source-beans spot in Downtown Oakland. They usually brew Verve Coffee, Sightglass and Four Barrel.
  • Joey C.
    Joey CombsDecember 2, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Incredible coffee for the price. Super friendly staff too. Get any of the seasonal specialties like the burnt cinnamon latte.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanNovember 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A locally owned gem just off Broadway. Classic impeccable espresso beverages.
  • joanne
    joanneJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    you can do what Daniel M. suggests, or if you're feeling adventurous, order a "Joanne" and see what you get.
  • Shawn G.
    Shawn GoodinJanuary 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a red loyalty card and but over $20 on it and save $1.75 on your first drink.
  • Alissa S.
    Alissa SHMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try the Summer kitchen baked goods and salads.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamNovember 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask 'em what's good on the spro machine. At any given time one of the two choices is probably the better option. Espresso is finicky like that.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChenDecember 16, 2013
    I've found the holy grail of soy lattes, and it's not in San Francisco.
  • Jesse E.
    Jesse EspressoDecember 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask what samples they have from friday, and pick one then get a v60. So GOOD.
  • Nanette
    NanetteMay 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I can't get cappuccinos anywhere else but here now.
  • joanne
    joanneApril 9, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    friday coffee cuppings at 12:30 pm! help decide (or at least taste) what beans show up in the grinders next.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BlockJune 13, 2016
    Lavender infused cafe drinks.
  • Clare M.
    Clare McParlandAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Friendly staff, great coffee
  • Jesse E.
    Jesse EspressoDecember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Owl's Howl gibraltar tastes like s' mores today. Can't go wrong with a gb.
  • Oakland H.
    Oakland HospitalityJune 29, 2010
    Yummy, enjoyed the POUR overs! And people we have suggested like the COOKIES!
  • Peter M.
    Peter MullenMarch 22, 2013
    Very cool coffee shop
  • Kim C.
    Kim CFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Cuppings have moved to Thursdays at 12:30p
  • Graham H.
    Graham HunterJune 26, 2017
    Awesome coffee, no bathrooms
  • Jereme M.
    Jereme MonteauAugust 16, 2011
    Still thinking about the macchiato I had here. Ridiculously good.
  • Mick T.
    Mick ThompsonJanuary 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best vanilla latte
  • Brandy M.
    Brandy MartinSeptember 19, 2012
    Great sip of joe!
  • Alex A.
    Alex AnokhinApril 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The quiche was remarkable!
  • Roger B.
    Roger BarresOctober 2, 2014
    A breakfast must
  • John W.
    John WaughAugust 14, 2014
    The best coffee.
  • Joshua-Michele R.
    Joshua-Michele RossDecember 1, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask them about how they use a "refractrometer" and software to achieve optimal coffee extraction. Long Live Geeks of Coffee!
  • Jereme M.
    Jereme MonteauJuly 26, 2011
    Mighty fine macchiato
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly R.May 23, 2011
    Support small local businesses Read more
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuJuly 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    No food. Drinks are pricey
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