We first met coffee-roasting enthusiasts Danielle Connor and Casey Lanski at a farm market, where they were hawking both fair trade pour-overs and homemade chicory syrups. Now they’ve grown their microroastery business into a full-fledged brick and mortar in downtown Sebastopol.
Though coffee is certainly the star here, we love their turmeric latte, a comforting mix of turmeric and cinnamon paste served with steamed milk and their unique chai latte with turmeric and fresh ginger. Simple panini get the star treatment, filled with cheese and mushrooms, and homemade soups are just the ticket for a light lunch. Breakfasty? Grab a pastry from Red Bird Bakery — one of our favorite bakeries in the North Bay.
Doing their part for other entrepreneurs, Retrograde also sells locally made tea from Tea and Trumpets and floral bouquets from B-Side Farms, and it occasionally hosts pop-up dinners showcasing local chefs.
-Food Critic, Heather Irwin