This unassuming little cafe has become my default for when a friend proposes a meetup early in the day. The menu is simple, but creative, and there’s something for everyone. The customer service has been on point each time I’ve visited, and the folks here are always willing to work with you to make your order just right. For instance, they had two amazing-sounding toastinis, and I couldn’t pick just one. The employee told me that since the toastinis come with two slices of bread, I can do one of each and not have to choose!
Most importantly, the coffee is reliable. They brew Chromatic beans, and Chromatic, in my humble opinion, may be the best roaster in the South Bay! (I still have a lot of love for Barefoot) The plain drip coffee has always been good, and the lattes are never too sweet.
My first visit to The Press was nearly two years ago! It was a weekday, late morning, and the perfect time to visit as this place as it fills up quick on the weekends. Or holidays. Even Thursday mornings nowadays…. Bay Area locals definitely don’t hold the typical 9-5 work schedule.
I have been here on two occasions where I’ve decided the wait would be too long, and so I left. However, they’ve now got a good system in place to make sure everyone gets a seat in a reasonable amount of time. It’s extra nice if the people in the seats are considerate and don’t camp out too long, especially during busy times. The Press is a short drive, or a nice walk, to downtown Pleasanton, which is lovely to amble through.
The vibe is unarguably hipster, with your food served on wooden boards and drinks in mason jars. The decor is what I like to call rustic hipster- wood, metal, rusted watering cans. The self-serve infused water has cute steel cups standing by. I’m surprised every time that there’s no pour-over option, but I suppose that’s better with the amount of business they’re getting in a small space!
There’s indoor and outdoor seating, mercifully with heat lamps and blankets for outside. The blankets always remind me of Copenhagen! I wish I had more pictures of the decor and layout, but I’ve always been more about the food. There’s always next time!
Not to be missed, the bathroom is a must visit spot here. You’ll most likely walk away with a smile or a cheeky picture. But I’ll leave the details a surprise for you…!