The Community-Driven Ethos Behind Oakland’s Red Bay Coffee

In an industry saturated by foul play, this California-based brand aims to foster a global community and create opportunity

On 10th Street in Oakland, Red Bay Coffee (a certified B Corp) offers ample space to sip coffee and hosts events where visitors find the open warehouse space filled with others enjoying coffee while watching performances, taking part in workshops, and attending cookbook launches. The pandemic hit Red Bay Coffee—like so many others—hard, and demanded that founder and owner Keba Konte think fast and collaborate …

Xelsis SM7684/04 Super Automatic Espresso Machine

From the Saeco Xelsis touchscreen, users can easily select one of 15 different coffee or espresso drinks—and then further customize strength, temperature, portion and milk foam. Features like durable ceramic grinders, an AquaClean water filter system and an automatic HygieSteam self-cleaning process set the machine apart from competitors—including other Italian manufacturers. Saeco’s won numerous design awards and the Xelsis represents the best of its offerings, …

The History of the Iconic Moka Pot

The single-serve espresso machine first appeared in Italy in 1901. More than 30 years later, Alfonso Bialetti popularized an even more democratic coffee maker for home use: the Moka Express. This version (now patented) became an iconic symbol of Italian coffee culture—simple yet dignified. The historically significant eight-sided machine helped to make at-home coffee brewing possible at a much larger scale. Today, the Moka Express …