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Locked & Loaded: 5 Gifts for Coffee Achievers

Christmas is almost here. And if you haven't gotten your gifts yet, I hope you're freaking out. You should be! But perhaps the person whose gift you wish to wrap is a caffeine fiend. Or just likes tasty drinks, and well-designed gear to serve it in. Here are five gifts to delight the coffee lover in your life. Two are decidedly local, three are not. All are awesome.

Locked & Loaded: Various Grounds

I had hoped to have a report on Contraband or Ma*Velous today, but neither was open to the public when we stopped by earlier this week. (According to Ma*Velous publicist Claudia Juestel, its a permitting matter. It's always a permitting matter. Every new cafe struggles with permitting, and it always takes longer than expected.) In the interim, I thought I'd look at some interesting coffee news from around the Bay this week including, yes, Blue Bottle and Dolores Park.

Locked & Loaded: Happy National Coffee Day

Did you know today is National Coffee Day? No? Oh, well, that's probably because it's a totally bogus and utterly made-up thing. Locked & Loaded had initially planned to revisit the Blue Bottle in Dolores Park debate today (which generated some heated commentary two weeks ago). But why stoke up anger on everybody's favorite holiday, on our traditional celebration of National Coffee Day? Instead, it seems like a good day to celebrate how good we have it in the Bay Area.  

Locked & Loaded: The Cult of Barefoot Job Hunting Edition

When people talk Bay Area specialty roasters, especially in San Francisco, you tend to hear three names over and over: Blue Bottle, Ritual, and Four Barrel. Of course, there's good reason for that. All are excellent, and can be found all over the city. But of course there are many other great roasters in the Bay Area. And one in particular, Barefoot Coffee Roasters, seems to inspire an almost cult-like level of devotion and in this case one of the most, um, interesting job application videos we've ever seen. 

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