Over the past few months I have visited and photographed a number of wonderful coffee shops. For some reason I was hesitant to photograph the coffee shops I visit on a regular basis here in Sacramento. With the great coffee we have in my hometown, that had to change.
One night last week, Jesse, Malisa and I visited Broadacre Coffee in Downtown Sacramento and I made sure to bring the camera. Their location on 10th Street was previously Levinson's Books and became a Temple Coffee in 2005. Last year, Temple moved a block away and the lovely Danish-inspired building laid dormant, until the Broadacre boys came along! Broadacre Coffee begain in Fall of 2011 by 'four handsome baristas' and is already one of the most popular coffee spots in town. A couple of the Broadacre boys started Bloom Coffee in Roseville years ago, but Broadacre is now is their main focus. I will make one comment about Broadacre taking over this location. It always felt small when Temple was there but the remodel the guys did and choice of a lighter colored paint really helped to open the room up. It no longer feels like a dungeon.
While the guys don't roast their own coffee (as far as I'm aware), they get it from some of the best roasters in the country including Heart, Ritual, Insight (also in Sacramento), Intelligentsia, Verve, Coava and Stumptown.
While I was there getting my latte (and bacon glazed donut courtesy of Doughbot) I spoke with Justin. He prepared a pour-over for another customer and we talked about their Second Saturday Bicycle Coffee Tour. The bike tour is a great way for Sacramento coffee drinkers to get acquainted with the other shops in town. Even though Broadacre is one of the newer shops around, they are doing some creative things (like the bike tour and the pop-up shop) that cause them stand out.
Another thing I must mention is their 'memory' wall started by local photographer Nicholas Wray. On this wall you can take one of his photos, but must exchange it with one of your own. I wonder how many of the photos are his and how many have been exchanged already. I'll have to get some of my Instagram photos printed to exchange.
Oh, and, if you go in to visit, don't mention the misspelled words on the menu board, the guys already know about them...
Here are a few of the pictures, enjoy!