What is Inklings Coffee & Tea?

Inklings Coffee & Tea is a specialty coffee shop located in the heart of downtown Pleasanton, California. We’re proudly serving Stumptown Coffee and Compassion Tea to quench your thirst, and delicious cottage-baked goods and artisan toast to satisfy your appetite. We have plenty of space for you to sit and meet with a friend over coffee, or, if you’re looking for something a little more formal, we have a variety of rooms that you can rent out. We’re open 7am-7pm on Sundays, 7am-3pm on Mondays, and 7am-10pm Tuesdays-Saturdays. We love coffee and we love people. But there’s more to Inklings than just good food and drink.

Why Does Inklings Exist?

Our mission is to seek the good of the city. Since a lousy cup of coffee never did anything good for anyone, we certainly keep this mission in mind as we’re preparing our products. Our coffees, teas, and baked goods are all gathered from top notch shops and suppliers who have become masters in the fine art of deliciousness. But for us, seeking the good of the city goes beyond the quality of our products. We wanted to create a place that gave people back their sense of wonder. You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and think, “Is this all there is to life?” Well we think that feeling is the worst and we think the answer to that question is no. You’ll notice the moment you walk into our shop that we really love a good story. We found ourselves drawn into the adventure stories of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and J.K. Rowling to name a few. We were intoxicated by the allure of enchanted forests & greedy dragons, talking lions & deep magic, brave heroes & He Who Must Not Be Named. We loved immersing ourselves in grand adventure stories of mystery and wonder. And here’s the thing, we believe that same kind of mystery and wonder is alive and well in our world today, we just have a hard time seeing it. We created Inklings Coffee & Tea to help open the eyes of our city to the wonder surrounding us every day. How do we plan to do that? Come by and see for yourself.

What is Inklings Coffee & Tea?

Inklings Coffee & Tea is a specialty coffee shop located in the heart of downtown Pleasanton, California. We’re proudly serving Stumptown Coffee and Compassion Tea to quench your thirst, and delicious cottage-baked goods and artisan toast to satisfy your appetite. We have plenty of space for you to sit and meet with a friend over coffee, or, if you’re looking for something a little more formal, we have a variety of rooms that you can rent out. We’re open 7am-7pm on Sundays, 7am-3pm on Mondays, and 7am-10pm Tuesdays-Saturdays. We love coffee and we love people. But there’s more to Inklings than just good food and drink.

Why Does Inklings Exist?

Our mission is to seek the good of the city. Since a lousy cup of coffee never did anything good for anyone, we certainly keep this mission in mind as we’re preparing our products. Our coffees, teas, and baked goods are all gathered from top notch shops and suppliers who have become masters in the fine art of deliciousness. But for us, seeking the good of the city goes beyond the quality of our products. We wanted to create a place that gave people back their sense of wonder. You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and think, “Is this all there is to life?” Well we think that feeling is the worst and we think the answer to that question is no. You’ll notice the moment you walk into our shop that we really love a good story. We found ourselves drawn into the adventure stories of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and J.K. Rowling to name a few. We were intoxicated by the allure of enchanted forests & greedy dragons, talking lions & deep magic, brave heroes & He Who Must Not Be Named. We loved immersing ourselves in grand adventure stories of mystery and wonder. And here’s the thing, we believe that same kind of mystery and wonder is alive and well in our world today, we just have a hard time seeing it. We created Inklings Coffee & Tea to help open the eyes of our city to the wonder surrounding us every day. How do we plan to do that? Come by and see for yourself.

“Have you forgotten the Deep Magic?” asked the Witch.

“Let us say I have forgotten it,” answered Aslan gravely. “Tell us of this Deep Magic.”

“Tell you?” said the Witch, her voice growing suddenly shriller. “Tell you what is written on that very Table of Stone which stands beside us? Tell you what is written in letters deep as a spear is long on the fire-stones on the Secret Hill? Tell you what is engraved on the scepter of the Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea? You at least know the Magic which the Emperor put into Narnia at the very beginning. You know that every traitor belongs to me as my lawful prey and that for every treachery I have a right to kill…. And so that human creature is mine. His life is forfeit to me. His blood is my property… unless I have blood as the Law says all Narnia will be overturned and perish in fire and water.”

“It is very true,” said Aslan, “I do not deny it.”…

…At that moment they heard from behind them a loud noise—a great cracking, deafening noise as if a giant had broken a giant’s plate…. The Stone Table was broken into two pieces by a great crack that ran down it from end to end; and there was no Aslan.

“Who’s done it?” cried Susan. “What does it mean? Is it more magic?”

“Yes!” said a great voice from behind their backs. “It is more magic.” They looked round. There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.

“Oh, Aslan!” cried both the children, staring up at him, almost as much frightened as they were glad….

“But what does it all mean?” asked Susan when they were somewhat calmer.

“It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.”

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe