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By Elena Kadvany

Coffee shop opens in Palo Alto's Barron Park neighborhood

Uploaded: Jan 26, 2018

Baron Barista, a new cafe serving third-wave coffee from local roasters, is soft opening Friday, Jan. 26, in Palo Alto's Barron Park neighborhood.

The coffee shop has replaced Jamba Juice at 3990 El Camino Real. Owner June Kwon, who also owns Immersion Spa next door, said she wanted to bring quality coffee to the area. It's the San Francisco resident's first foray into the coffee world.

Employees prepare for the soft opening of Baron Barista. Photo by Elena Kadvany.

Baron Barista is serving coffee from Sightglass Coffee in San Francisco, Cat and Cloud Coffee in Santa Cruz and Andante Coffee from Los Angeles. Kwon is considering adding Ritual Coffee or Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, both in San Francisco.

"What I wanted to create is not only good, artisan coffee — the coffee that you make for real, not the way that Starbucks makes (it) — and then people get to choose different types of coffee roasters," she said.

Baron Barista also serves tea from Art of Tea, an importer and wholesale company based in Los Angeles.

There's a small food menu, with baked goods delivered daily from Palo Alto's Mayfield Bakery as well as paninis and toast. (Yes, there is avocado toast.) See the menu below.

Baron Barista's soft-opening hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.