Alchemy Collective Cafe and Roaster

1741 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley
(510) 394-4758

Recent Reviews

Santi Villa

Sickeningly good food, coffee rocks.

Raquel Jimenez

Great coffee, simple food, great vibes. Right across the street from Hercules record shop. Coffee and Records, Awesome.

Julie Feferman Perez

Nicest people, good coffee and food. Worker ownd collective. Not your average coffee shop.

David Rodarm

Worker owners! The photo was an attempt to update the open hours on Google Maps. Blame for the lame, Google!

Alanna R.

The employees are great. Really nice and very healthy looking. The coffee is good quality and really strong. I couldn't even finish my iced coffee. I sat outside. The tables were rather rickety and the seating area needs some re-design and TLC. Once fixed, it'd be a great place to spend time. Another issue is that it says that people cannot work on their laptops outside. I assume this is due to laptop thievery? It's sad when a cafe has to put out signage like that due to economic disparity and desperation. Inside there were lots of people on laptops. So if you want study or work here, go inside.

Margaret P.

My matcha latte tasted like soap. I was driving home from a hike with my partner and dog and needed to get something to drink and use the restroom. I stopped into Alchemy cafe and approached the counter. The barista was occupied making a drink and didn't acknowledge me. A few minutes later she takes my order - a matcha latte. I ask if I can use the restroom, the barista seems annoyed that I am talking to her and mumbles very quietly the key is on the table with the condiments. It's not. I find a key on top of a stack of books but it doesn't fit the lock. I tell the barista who again, still seems annoyed and she tells me it's behind the fire extinguisher. So now I'm going behind the counter to grab the keys (?) ok. I try and open the door again and it doesn't work. Finally, I ask if I am using the wrong door and the barista tells me to go through the glass door and down the hallway. There are no signs to indicate where the bathroom or key are and I find it odd that I had to walk through an entire building to get to the restroom. When I return my matcha is back. I decide to buy my boyfriend a vegan donut even though. I ask how much the donut is and the barista seems annoyed that I am asking her things. She made my matcha in a mug and had to remake it since I ordered it to go. When I get my matcha it was about 1/2 of the way full in a small to go cup. I wanted to say something but at this point it's taken 15 minutes to make one drink so I want to leave. I get outside and take a sip and realize my matcha tasted like soap. Not sure if there was soap in the mug or some kind of chemical. I have had many different varieties of matcha at many different establishments. They have never tasted like this. It was really gross. My boyfriend took a sip and confirmed it tasted like soap. He said his donut was stale. I went back inside and told her my latte tasted like soap she just said ok and sorry. I wish she would have offered to make me another drink or give me my $5 back. All in all, I suggest skipping out on this establishment.

Khalid S.

Two bad espresso experiences in a row. Thy must use some sour beans or something. Also they ran out of oat milk in the middle of the day. Really want to support this place for their values, but you gotta have a good product first...

Sergio Guadarrama

Probably one of the best coffee in the Bay. Amazing crew, as a co-op they really care about customer and the community.

Rox O.

Very calm and welcoming environment, and a nice collection of radical literature and zines on their bookshelf! :)

Maja Šiljak

Good tea, lovely vibes and friendly staff!

Maja Å iljak

Good tea, lovely vibes and friendly staff!

Sarah F.

I finally have had enough moments here witnessing laptop thefts (3x's) to want to come back again. It has become the new normal (for the baristas and managers) to have 'theft' be a part of their establishment. The owner even came outside when the unfortunate event went down just to say 'well that's why we installed cameras'. Not at all did he do his due diligence to report the crime on his property (or their coop property...i guess) or to take down any witness accounts of the assailant. I felt such sadness for the person who had this event happen to them and although I know we can't all be vigilantes of justice, we should at least pool our resources to identifying these persons of interest so that things like this will eventually cease and so that people committing these crimes know the block is hot and that police are assisting in any capacity. I still believe the coffee and the staff are delightful but can't say anyone seemed to give a hoot about 'the new norm'.

Andrew Ander

Be patient with they. And vegan tacos.

Nat Warnock

Cute, yet rustic building. Very nice atmosphere.

Mackenzie S.

Love this place! I'm a regular and get great service every time. Limited seating, but very good for a solo coffee trip or a trip with a friend.

D.J. L.

Great coffee place. Worker owned cooperative. Love it. Nice folks. Wish I lived closer.

Chris Hecker

My favorite coffee place. The cappuccino is perfect almost every time, perfect temp, perfect microfoam, perfect size, etc. The baristas are nice too. Plus, itâ??s not super over priced like some third wave coffee places. Iâ??d happily pay more, donâ??t tell them. :)

S G

Coffee Ok, but there are better places in Berkeley. Staff friendly. Outdoor seating is frequented by homeless people

Travis S.

The coffee is as bitter as the staff. The place has a cool vibe but service is really poor.

Liona Fan Chiang

Great coffee. Friendly staff. Staff owned. Relaxing sunny environment. Breakfast tacos were good too. Feta, arugula, pickled onions, hot pepper spread, boiled egg on corn tortillas. Surprisingly filling.

George C

Very nice place to hang around, good menu options and location!

Wa Ama & The Lion Truth

Poc, collectively owned, good peoples, healthy food and drinks. â???

Glenn K.

Love this place. The coffee and food are consistently great. It's a co-op and is committed to being a true community space. Customers and workers are friendly and cool.

Paloma M.

Great neighborhood joint. The atmosphere is very inviting, coffee is really good, and staff is nice. I especially like the wallpaper and the outdoor seating area. The only con is the lack of food options. Maybe earlier in the morning they have more options, but I've only seen a chocolate chip cookie and a banana muffin.

Claire Chun

This coffee-shop-with-a-conscience sell nice and spicy chai lattes. The house-made chai can sometimes be watery, though (guessing from a different person preparing the brew).

Kendall G.

I hate to give Alchemy three stars because its a really cool place that emphasizes being queer-friendly/inclusive. That being said, I've gotten coffee from here several times, and every single time its been pretty bitter and not nearly as sweet as I like it. I come back, always thinking there will be a secret to making this coffee enjoyable for me (i.e. adding a housemade flavored syrup, adding honey once I get home, adding some of the simple syrup they offer)-- it hasnt worked yet. Well so what?! I get it. Not all coffee is going to be made for me. I'm from the South and I know most folks up here seem to think sugar was invented by Satan himself. I'm sure plenty of born n bred Californians would love this coffee... When I have the pleasure of returning to this spot, it'll surely be for a vegan donut (turns out, there are some things on earth I like not-too-sweet!) or to try one of those new breakfast tacos I've been eyeing. Long story short: Give it a try! What aint for me might very well be for you. Regardless, it's a welcoming atmosphere with bomb music and kind, approachable patronage.

Nick Abrey

Best place coffee in town

Kay W.

This should be two stars if we are just discussing the coffee alone. The place is very cute and inviting and the staff is friendly. I really wanted to love this place and hope that they take my review as an opportunity for improvement and further training for the baristas. I ordered an oat milk latte. On the first sip I could tell the shot had not been properly pulled (or tamped? or perhaps the machine was not dialed in correctly?). It was very sour and unpleasant and I ended up dumping my entire latte in the bushes. I will absolutely give them another try in a month or so in hopes they take action on my suggestion.

Robert B.

So sorry to have to give this only 2 stars, but the coffee was un-drinkable. Bitter, watery, poor. It is so sad because the place is so cool and the people great. And the Chai was excellent! I hope they read this review and work on it - better machine and TRAINING on how to make espresso shot properly! Please do it! There is no shame in needing training - a good espresso is very difficult, and a great one takes real work and time! I will come back and give it another shot at end of year to see. Good luck!

Ashlee S.

I love their coffee Iv been coming to Alchemy for five years now and have been super pleased with the service and the environment! Until today. I get giving to the less fortunate and allowing them to have a safe space to enjoy some joe and maybe a pastry but letting them smoke cigarettes under the covering and allowing them to make a mess and not do anything about it is not ok.

Kate Sassoon

great coffee good vibes amazing community!

J W.

I appreciate the funky atmosphere and sunny patio. The coffee is good, and the pottery ware is pretty. It feels good to be here.

Dennis Wilkins

Baristas are nice and make great cortados.

A G

Local cafe. Great place to hang with a friend or read. Not ideal for computer work really but I donâ??t think itâ??s the vibe

Lane B.

My barista made me the best flat white of my life. If only there were bathrooms and some other sweetener besides stevia--I would definitely come study here on the regular. As it is, I will return for more coffee when I'm in the area. P.S. I adore their reminder about not assuming gender. They/them for everyone until they say otherwise.

Karina Vanessa C.

I'm really enjoying this cafe. Folks are kind and the espresso is tasty. Great place to chill for a bit. Stopped in for a little latte and the barista recommended a Flat White. It's like a latte with less milk. My almond milk flat white was so well balanced and the milk was steamed expertly = Dope. The inside is very inviting - wood furniture, leather couch, books for the woke, cool tunes - and they have a neato little semi-indoor patio at the entrance. It's not a huge space but it has little nooks and crannies to suit your mood.

Michael Roberts

Alchemy has a nice, welcoming atmosphere and is dog friendly, too. I liked the look of the place. The seating is limited, though and if you need an electrical outlet, this shop may not be your best bet. The drip coffee is bitter, and that is the biggest reason I won't return.

Juliana Schwartz

A great work cafe! Their coffee is excellent and their politics even better. Staff here use they/them as pronouns unless asked, and most people working here are queer folks of color. I love being a patron of Alchemy!

Dolly Vo

Great coffee, friendly atmosphere, fun music. The prosciutto toast was also very tasty :)

Juliana S.

A great work cafe! Their coffee is excellent and their politics even better. Staff here use they/them as pronouns unless asked, and most people working here are queer folks of color. I love being a patron of Alchemy!

Alchemy Collective Cafe and Roaster

1741 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 394-4758