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The Cup & Star Bar comes to Oxbow Public Market

Ritual Coffee Roasters is proud to announce the opening of its concept coffee bar, The Cup & Star, adjacent to the existing Ritual Coffee location inside Oxbow Public Market. The space was designed by architect Lizzie Wallack, of Envelope A + D, and beautifully built out by contractor Gary Taylor. The café is proud to feature a custom Synesso Hydra MVP espresso machine, a pair of Marco SP9 Pourover machines, a beautiful hardwood bar, a dedicated seating era meant to evoke a classic European bar/cafe amidst a bustling market environment, and stunning custom tile work and lighting.

The menu features a curated and often exclusive menu of pour-over coffees utilizing
multiple brew methods, tasting flights, select espresso drinks, and signature beverages. It is unlike any other Ritual location, and unlike most other coffee shops in general, for a few key reasons:

  • Prioritizing experience and connection over speed. As more specialty coffee shops open and compete with each other, the goal is to remain ahead of the curve by experimenting with service style and by showcasing Ritual’s uber-talented baristas. Robots are making coffee now, and ready-to-drink specialty coffee is available at your local grocer. But people don’t go out of their way to visit Ritual just for the coffee. It’s also the incredible staff and the wealth of information they can offer.
  • Encouraging customers to choose the experience they’re in the mood for: leisurely and interactive, or the quickest great coffee possible. Depending on the day, anyone has the capacity to be either kind of customer. The goal is to make way for authentic customer interaction without sacrificing quality. Ritual feels confident in the ability to consistently deliver amazing coffee for every customer. But with the addition of new technology available in brew methods (an American made Synesso Hydra MVP espresso machine with volumetric settings, and a pair of Marco SP9 automated pour-over brewers), Ritual is taking the next step in its mad-scientist pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee, and customers get to be closer to the action than ever before.

Eileen Rinaldi, the founder of Ritual, explains: “Every time I visit our shop in Napa and meet a customer who finds out I’m the owner, I hear the same thing: “Your staff are AMAZING!” But, in the hustle and bustle of the market, it’s also a constant struggle to accommodate the customer who wants to sit and talk with us about our new Sweet Tooth Espresso offering, as we simultaneously pump out drinks for caffeine-deprived vacationers who just want to get their coffee and hit the road. The Cup & Star is a unique way to help facilitate conversations about our coffees and the stories behind them, while decreasing pressure and increasing efficiency at our main bar.”

The 279-square-foot existing location had been doing almost as much volume as the company’s flagship cafe on Valencia Street, so last spring, whenthe space next to Ritual’s kiosk became available, the company jumped at the chance to expand a bit, knowing they wanted to add a second espresso machine and serve more specialty drinks, with the vision to create a kind of “tasting room” experience, now the standard in the wine industry, but for specialty coffee.

Rather than just making the existing coffee bar bigger to accommodate this, Ritual created an entirely new bar and business model. There’s no booze, but it looks and feels like a bar, and instead of waiting in line you can “belly up” and talk to the barista. The lighting is cozy. The music sounds good. And of course, you’re warmly welcomed by a seasoned barista.

It’s so different from the rest of Ritual Napa that the company gave the space its own
name and identity: The Cup & Star (a cheeky reference to the welcoming British pub vibe that’s being channeled.) Everything is served in beautiful ceramic wares, and there’s no “order here” or “pick-up” area. Like a craft cocktail bar, the featured items are on the menu, but the old standards are also available.

Eileen beams when she says, “The last 9 years up in Napa have been incredibly rewarding. We get to hear lots of visitors tell us that the coffee we made them is the best they’ve ever had, “except for in Italy,” but we also have winemakers and sommeliers and chefs from the French Laundry and bussers and servers who really appreciate our coffee, our commitment to quality, and the incredible posse of weird, cool, diverse co-workers that we’ve managed to collect in spite of Napa being a pretty small town.”

This expansion builds on the fifth brick-and-mortar location for Ritual Coffee, a coffee roasting company that strives for transparency and precision at every level of its business. Ritual boasts nearly 100% direct trade coffees, and roasts everything on a vintage German roaster at its headquarters in the SoMa district of San Francisco.

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Ritual Coffee Roasters Holiday Gift Pop-Up Open through December.

Ritual Coffee Roasters is thrilled to present a holiday gift pop-up at Oxbow Public Market during the month of December! Grab a coffee at the main cafe and then come around the corner to check out the curated collection of coffee related merchandise. For example, Ritual has just published a new book, The Brew Book, written by the company’s expert baristas, which aims to demystify all things coffee brewing. It’s called The Brew Book. It’s beautiful, portable, and highly giftable at only $14.95! There are also other exclusive holiday items for guests to peruse, such as nifty enamel pins, sweatshirts, limited edition klean kanteens, gift sets (complete with gift packaging so they’re ready to give!), and much more! Stop by and let one of Ritual’s friendly elves provide a knowledgeable and personalized experience, and come away with something perfect for that coffee lover in your life (even if that’s you!)

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Holiday Gift Sets from Ritual Coffee Roasters

For the coffee lover on your list, be sure and stop by Ritual Coffee Roasters for a really nice selection of holiday gift sets, complete with free gift packaging to boot! Get a cup of coffee, fuel up, and get your shopping done — all in one go! Ritual’s making it easy this season.

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Dark Horse Seasonal Espresso

Ritual Coffee Roasters is proud to present their latest seasonal espresso, Dark Horse, arriving just in time for Halloween! Inspired by the wild horses that have roamed the inhospitable lands of California’s Death Valley and Ethiopia’s Kundudo for centuries, Ritual’s new organically grown espresso combines aromatics of jasmine, lilac, and violet – stampeding into flavors of sweet berries, blackcurrant, and cantaloupe. Dark chocolate notes keep it all grounded, stable, and surefooted. Both wonderfully heavy and light at the same time, a shot of Dark Horse rushes off as soon as arrived, leaving a clean, bewildering, almost tea-like finish. Spooky and delicious!

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Cold Brew Coffee at Ritual Coffee Roasters

Ritual Coffee Roasters has unveiled a new nitrogen infused, kegge cold brew coffee service, made with Hacienda Carmona single origin coffee from Guatemala. Whereas the process of cooling hot brewed coffee to make iced coffee can change both flavor characteristics and dilute the coffee-to-water ratio, this special proprietary method ensures a velvety smooth extraction that responds well to nitrogen infusion and pressurized on-draft service. One of the friendly expert baristas will be glad to give you a taste, then serve you a glass of either the house-made cold brew (fresh and on tap), or 9 oz of the special Nitro brew, beautifully presented in unique glassware. Or better yet, stop by Three Twins Ice Cream first, get a scoop or two of your favorite ice cream, and Ritual will make you a Nitro cold brew float!

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Ritual and Recchuiti

Ritual Coffee Roasters introduces Michael Recchuiti chocolate to the menu! Stop by and savor the rich and dynamic flavor combinations of Ritual espresso, perfectly steamed organic milk, and a chocolate created with the same passionate attention to detail. You don’t have to wait for hot chocolate season to indulge in this delightful pairing…treat yourself today!