A new coffee enterprise from some heavy hitters is set to join the East Bay's piping-hot roasting scene. Called Supersonic, the new concept is kicking off this summer with a Berkeley roastery, complete with coffee served out of a restored 1965 Airstream trailer. A true brick-and-mortar flagship coffee shop is headed to Oakland later this year.
Sprudge has the first word on the project, which comes from John Laird (Verve Coffee Roasters, Pacific Bay Coffee) and boasts a host of coffee-scene insiders as collaborators, including Bjorg Brend Laird (formerly behind the Nordic Barista Cup), Jay Lijewsiki (Handsome Coffee Roasters, Four Barrel, Dillanos Coffee), Lizz Hudson Smith (Stumptown), Jeff Garcia (Verve Coffee Roasters, Duende) and Brian W. Jones (editor of "Dear Coffee I Love You").
Supersonic will have a sustainable sourcing model, partnering with Oslo-based green importing outfit Nordic Approach. They've also forged a relationship with Dutch company Kees van der Westen, and will serve as a retailer of their high-end espresso machines.
The location of their Oakland spot is still up in the air, but we'll keep you posted with updates as they arise. For now, look for Supersonic's Airstream trailer to begin serving coffee this summer.
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