Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting

The Big Move (from Emeryville to West Oakland)

Hello, my name is Tom and I like coffee. Let me be your guide on a brief tour of our new place in lovely (or hopefully-soon-to-be lovely) West Oakland, California

emeryville
A view of our old location in Emeryville, emptied. What a pain moving is, even when it is just 20 blocks to the South. But the rents in Emeryville were steep, and the building a little too small.
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The final picture of Judy, Maria, Francy and Tom in Emeryville. The hardest part was not the initial move, or getting up and running in West Oakland. The hardest part was getting the tail ends of all our stuff out. That's when you have to deal with everything that has been squirrelled away in the corner for X number of years...
front
The new place, 1115 21st Street, West Oakland. It is bigger by a few thousand feet, and since we had time to move it, it is better organized.
shelves
Setting up shelving in the packing area
keli_modi
Moddie and Keli putting up some racks.
packing
Here's the packing tables where YOUR orders are flawlessly assembled (at least I really hope so) and all the boxes are the green coffees. We bag about 1 week or less in advance on the green coffee. When I started, with a scoop and a postal scale, I filled every order as it came in, but that wouldn't work anymore.
racks
Here's the pallet racks I set up before we really moved in. All those pallets are custom printed boxes which we have to order in big quantities to get a decent price. Storing them is a pain.
coffee_stacks
Here is more what you see when you would walk in now. We keep the green coffee down low so we can get at it, and keep it cooler than up toward the roofline. We don't store all our coffee here at 21 street. We have some stored for us so we can preserve room to move the forklift etc.
cuppingbench
Here's my little lab table in the current cupping room - it is not the ultimate place for the cupping room which will be upstairs in the offices. So it is still a little crammed.
cuppingtable
Here is my actual granite slab cupping table, once again, not in its final resting place.
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Here is the aforementioned 2 story offices ... at the time of this picture we were still moving in.
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We also have this neat little block building inside the building - a great shop room to build/modify stuff, do welding, store all the tools.

And here is our brand new gate, making us a bit easier to identify than in the days of yore.

We have a link with a map of our new place on our Order Page (look under "Pick Up Orders")

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