The East Bay Bean Tour
Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
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The East Bay Bean Tour
Take a tour with CUESA to Blue Bottle Coffee Co. and Hodo Soy Beanery, two East Bay businesses that have mastered the art of bean alchemy. James Freeman, owner of Blue Bottle, will lead a tour of his state-of-the art coffee roasting facility, show us how they create some of the Bay Area's most coveted caffeinated concoctions, and share a freshly prepared coffee cupping. We'll also take a tour of Hodo Soy's new facility, where soybeans are transformed into luscious soy milk, tasty tofu and silky yuba (the thin sheets that rise to the top of warmed soymilk, known as tofu's "sexy and elegant cousin" and often enjoyed like fine sashimi). There will be special treats at each stop and opportunities to get your burning questions answered. Our final stop will be the up-and-coming Jack London Market, where we will eat lunch prepared by CUESA's market chef and made with farmers' market ingredients, then get a tour of this exciting new addition to the East Bay foodscape.

The tour costs $25 and includes lunch.

Participants can choose from two departure and return locations: the Ferry Building in San Francisco or the Lake Merritt BART station in Oakland. We will ride in a comfortable bus. Tickets are nonrefundable.

There is no official minimum age, but the tour is geared toward adults and not recommended for children under 12.

Location 1: Meet at the Ferry Building (in the front, south side of the clocktower). Be there between 8:30 and 8:45; we leave promptly at 9:00 am and will return at 2:45.

Location 2: Meet at the Lake Merritt BART station, front/main 8th Street entrance. Be there between 9:00 and 9:15; we leave promptly at 9:30 and return at 2:20.

Please be prompt! We cannot wait for stragglers.

What to bring: water bottle, comfortable walking shoes. Also consider bringing cash for purchases and a camera.

We will do our best to return on time, but traffic conditions can be unpredictable and we can't guarantee punctual arrival.

We sincerely thank our tour sponsor, First National Bank of Northern California, for underwriting tour costs and Coach 21 for providing a discount on the bus charter fee.


Ferry Building
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94114
United States


Education > Tours

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No