Alchemy Collective, Berkeley

The Alchemy Collective, 1741 Alcatraz Ave., is a 7-minute walk from Ashby BART Station.

This worker-owned cooperative boasts that “your coffee will always be served by an owner.” So, as you can expect, Alchemy’s carefully timed pour-overs match its thoughtful environment that hosts community events amidst a backdrop of art-dotted walls and a mini library. What you’ll find here? Friendly service. What you won’t find? Flavor syrups. Note: It’s open seven days a week but get your to-do list checked off before doors close at 5pm. Learn more at

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