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Local 123 is an independently owned and operated company committed to delicious coffee and sustainability.

Local 123 received their Green Business Certification from Alameda County. It is a long process that involves completing a lengthy checklist with requirements on reducing waste, conserving energy and water, preventing pollution, minimizing toxins and purchasing environmentally responsible products.

Local 123 serves award-winning, sustainably farmed coffees roasted by Healdsburg’s Flying Goat Coffee. They are passionate about great coffee, made to order, and they hope that every cup is an experience.

The coffee is accompanied by a simple, locally sourced café menu including pastries, homemade herbed butter, locally made jams, artisan salami, and salads composed of fresh locally farmed produce. All the dairy and produce are organic.

The award-winning roaster, Flying Goat Coffee, is dedicated to sustainability and coffee excellence. They value their direct relationship with individual growers and family farms long steeped in the tradition of biodynamic farming.

They are located at 2049 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, California. The name reflects the building’s history as the Painters’ Local union hall from 1943-1971 but also speaks to our commitment to sourcing goods locally, supporting green businesses in the area, and fostering a greater sense of awareness and appreciation for specialty coffee and foods on West Berkeley’s State Highway 123.

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When cycling through Toronto visit Sonic café

On December 8, 2009, in Cafe, by FindGreen

sonic-torontoFor those that enjoy cycling and cafés, Sonic is the first to cater specifically to cyclists. Located in downtown Toronto it will serve up coffee and come summer, Sonic will provide tools for do-it-yourself bike repair, allowing cyclists to fix up their ride while enjoying a (fair-trade, naturally) coffee out on the café’s front patio.

Anthony D’Arcy (also the owner of the Dundas West bar Magpie) bought the Kensington Market-neighbouring Cecil Street space long before he knew what to do with it. D’arcy, who himself has spent many years in the DIY bike circuit, came up with the concept when he realized how central and accessible the location is.

The space itself is a bit unusual. Once home to an old coach house (and it shows), the café contains just a few seats on its first floor, a small window where the baristas whip up the joe, and a colourful neon piano.  There are a few more tables upstairs and a prime second-floor patio, but Sonic is much more conspicuous from the outside. Eschewing a traditional sign, Sonic’s exterior itself is painted and bannered by East Coast artist Christian Toth.

It may be located east of Spadina, but Sonic has more of an “old Kensington” feel than most of the Market’s current inhabitants. And why not? It’s just a short bike ride away.

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