Mr. Espresso: When it comes to the coffee…

When it comes to the coffee wars, Mr. Espresso—and its San Francisco cafe rep, Coffee Bar—might fly under the radar compared to the Blue Bottle phenomenon, but the family-run Oakland roaster does something no one else does: "Since the beginning, Mr. Espresso has used oak wood to roast its beans, a method Di Ruocco learned in Italy from a master coffee roaster ... Using oak wood — Mr. Espresso's supply comes from fire-damaged trees — means the beans are roasted at a lower temperature for a longer time, resulting in a medium roast with more complex flavor and less bitterness." [SJMN]For more stories from Eater SF, go to

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