Alfred Peet, coffee revolutionary, passed away at his home in Ashland, Oregon yesterday.
When Alfred Peet opened his shop in Berkeley in April, 1966 he started a coffee revolution. Nobody had ever seen top-quality coffee like this roasted in this unique style in America. The corner of Walnut and Vine quickly became a gathering place for UC Berkeley grads, undergrads, and faculty as well as local intellectuals, radicals, writers, musicians, artisans and any number of the colorful people who still make up Berkeley today.
Thank you, Mr. Peet, for helping me understand just how amazing a cup of coffee can be.