Fall Playlist

Back-to-school, season-shifting music for autumn


This is the season of change: the days are shorter, the nights a bit longer. There’s a slight chill in the air. As we look back on the sunbaked days of summer, we can’t help but thrill at the thought of what’s just around the corner.

Music in our cafes reflects how we feel, and the seasons are a big part of that. So we asked our teams from New York, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and Tokyo to send us the songs that they’re listening to this month. 

This is music that hits on an autumn sensibility: energetic numbers to get you ready for class; warm melodies for easy-going dinners; mellow compositions to pair with a brisk walk; vibrant songs that, like the leafy fireworks around us, are destined to become ephemeral favorites.

So settle in and have a listen. Don’t forget the coffee


Yo La Tengo, "Autumn Sweater" – Alex Carlo (CPG Regional Sales)

Ta-Ku, "Make You Wanna" – Hana Yoshimoto (Barista, W. C. Morse)

Neko Case, "Magpie to The Morning" – Erin Ferguson (Digital Product Manager)

Young-Holt Unlimited, "Baby Your Light Is Out" – Maura Thompson (Barista, Hayes Valley Kiosk)

Flight Facilities feat. Emma Louise, "Two Bodies" – Triston Patrick-Kearse (Barista, Dean Street)

George Harrison, "My Sweet Lord" – Brandi Hart (Barista, Ferry Building)

Vince Guaraldi Trio, "The Great Pumpkin Waltz" – Mason Sager (Roaster, Arts District)

Andrew Goncalves, "Magic Show" – Belinda Hopkinson (Barista, Palo Alto)

Closer, "The Chainsmokers" – Thia Bonadies (Events & Experience Manager)

Kevin Cott, "River Bend" – Mallory Leicht (Retail Trainer, Oakland)

Gene Wilder from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, "Pure Imagination" – Darrius Price (Barista, Rockefeller Center)

Pet Shop Boys, "Always on My Mind" – Elaine Fong (Art Director)

Great Good Fine Ok & Orla Gartland, "Shapeshifting" – Jevan Soo (Chief People Officer)

Johannes Brahms, "String Sextet No. 2" – James Freeman (Founder & Chief Product Officer)

Photograph by Mallory Leicht, Bay Area Retail Trainer