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Local coffee business moves in to Almaden Plaza


The bustling Almaden Plaza shopping center at the corner of Almaden Expressway and Blossom Hill Road has a new, home-grown source for refreshment and community – Spectra Coffee is now open, where a Starbucks used to be.

“We are excited to welcome a family-owned and operated coffee shop where once a national chain was our only choice,” said Councilmember Pam Foley at the ribbon-cutting for Spectra Coffee.

Reflecting the owners’ passion for coffee and community, the revamped interior is warm and welcoming, and natural wood and the amazing coffee fragrance are immediately inviting.

Spectra is the brainchild of Rebecca Pham and Eric Tran, both from families of immigrants to San Jose, most of whom showed up for the ribbon-cutting. Rebecca and Eric developed a neighborhood-friendly café that salutes all parts of the “coffee spectrum.” Examples of their innovative offerings: the All-Nighter – a specialty drink that really might keep you up all night; Dir-Tea – an intriguing mix of tea and coffee; and a special treat for non-coffee drinkers —Feelin’ Lucky.

Spectra is open 7 am to 7 pm daily, and is located at 5353 Almaden Expressway, Suite H52, San Jose, Calif., 95118.