33 Revolutions is part record (as in vinyl discs — remember those?) store, part coffee house, part cafe. The vibe is relaxed, with classic jazz and blues spinning on the turntable. There are tables and sofas scattered around the area, some forming a place to sit by yourself while contemplating your latest blog post and surfing on the free wi-fi, and some forming conversation areas where you can sit with your friends and talk about the movie you just caught at the Cerrito theatre, which is just down the block.
The coffee is not just an afterthought. This is the first place in the East Bay where you can find coffee from Ritual Roasters, a roasting company located in San Francisco. Ritual Roasters buys the best beans from small growers and roasts them to perfection. 33 Revolutions brews the coffee using a French press in small batches, so you are always sure to have a fresh cup. They feature a different varietal every day. The espresso and espresso drinks are made using only a top of the line La Marzocco machine.
33 Revolutions is the brain child of friends Dave and Dave, who run the place with their wives. They all came from various natural foods industries, which is evident when you look at the menu. The menu features sandwiches, salads, and pastries. The food is organic and sourced locally whenever possible.
If you’re a fan of vinyl, check out their record bins. There are some great collectible records here, and the selection is definitely eclectic. 33 Revolutions is located on the corner of Central and San Pablo, at 10086 San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito. The next time you’re in the area, take a few minutes to stop in and see what’s new. Or spend some time here before and after seeing a movie at the Cerrito. 33 Revolutions is a fantastic addition to the neighborhood, and I am really looking forward to seeing them succeed.