During my time as a student at Pitt, campus coffee options were Starbucks, Starbucks, Starbucks… and more Starbucks. At the time it got the job done, but over the years I've found a new appreciation for locally-owned cafes and coffee shops, so I was pretty stoked to hear that Red Hawk Coffee laid roots in Oakland.
This mobile coffee truck turned brick and mortar cafe is conveniently located right next to Peace, Love, and Little Donuts right off of Meyran Ave. Good coffee as a neighbor to good donuts. I can’t imagine a more perfect duo.
Red Hawk's space is small, but offers a welcoming environment with some retro touches. The coffee and espresso menu is simple, but offers just enough options. They also offer a variety of bottled beverages such as kombucha, tea, and juice.
Being a small space in a highly trafficked area, it’s probably going to be tough to lock down a table. There’s only a handful of tables available and I know firsthand that Pitt students do not mess around when it comes to study spots. I would recommend getting there early if you’re in the race for some table space.