Bartlett’s Coffee closes its doors

Many students studied at Bartlett's on Kittredge

Bartlett’s Coffee, a small café in the Library Gardens on Kittredge near Milvia, has shut its doors.

The café, which served as a social hub for many Berkeley High students, is not going completely out of business, however, according to Benjamin Bartlett, who owned the place with his family. It is looking to move to a new location.

“Yes, we had to close the café,” Bartlett wrote in an email. “We thought long and hard about it, but an opportunity presented itself to relocate to a place with more traffic.”

Bartlett’s father, Dale Bartlett, who was an aide to City Councilwoman Maudelle Shirek, will continue to roast and sell bulk coffee under the Bartlett name. The coffee, contained in a bright red bag, can be found at Berkeley Bowl and other stores.

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