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Peetís Coffee & Tea

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Peetís Coffee & Tea Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
1. Peetís Coffee & Tea Marker
Inscription. A revolution began here in 1966 when Alfred H. Peet (1920-2007) opened his first coffee roastery and store. Arriving in San Francisco in 1955, “Mr. Peet” was dismayed by the poor quality of coffee in his adopted country. He had learned about coffee roasting from his father in Holland and had further refined his tastes working in the tea business in Indonesia. Seeking a place for his specialty coffee business, Mr. Peet took the advice of a prophetic friend who suggested this spot, which in time came to anchor Berkeleyís famed “Gourmet Ghetto.” Over the years, Mr. Peet gained devotees and counseled new coffee entrepreneurs, sparking the coffee revolution that swept the country.
 
Erected 2009 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Location. 37° 52.819′ N, 122° 16.099′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of Vine Street and Walnut Street, on the right when traveling east on Vine Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2124 Vine Street, Berkeley CA 94709, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North Berkeley Congregational (Grace North) Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Hunrick Grocery Store
Peetís Coffee & Tea Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 5, 2012
2. Peetís Coffee & Tea Marker
The marker is to the right of the entrance.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Hillside Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Live Oak Park (approx. ľ mile away); Site of Napoleon Bonaparte Byrne House (approx. ľ mile away); Edward A. Brakenridge House (approx. ľ mile away); The Poetry Garden (approx. 0.3 miles away); Whittier School (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Also see . . .  Peetís Coffee & Tea - History. On the day Alfred Peet opened his first coffee store on the corner of Walnut and Vine Streets in Berkeley, CA, he quietly began a revolution in the way Americans experienced the taste and quality of their coffee – a revolution that persists to this day. (Submitted on April 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 559 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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