We all know San Francisco for the Golden Gate Bridge and its open minded people. After reading this article, you will also know about the best coffee shops in this magnificent city.
I will make this an ongoing article that I will keep updating after every visit to San Francisco. Why? Because this city is swamped with amazing coffee shops. So here is the list of best coffee shops in San Francisco. Lets start with Mazarine Coffee.
Mazarine Coffee is right on Market Street and is well known in the city. The shop is welcoming and you will find a lot of people working while sipping on a cup of quality coffee. The Baristas know exactly what they are selling and will explain it to you patiently. Even if you go in blind, rest assured that the coffee they serve is top notch. Try out their Nitro Coffee; sweet, guiness-like and brewed using amazing beans.
Next up in this best coffee shops list is Equator Coffees and Teas.
The first thing you will notice when entering Equator Coffees and Teas are the beautiful mural that adorns the wall behind the counter and the art that is hanging on the walls. But you don’t go there to watch art, you go there for the great coffee. Don’t be shy and ask the Baristas about their menu. Single origins, blends and even the occasional Geisha will be available. When it is sunny you can even take your coffee outside and bask in the sun while watching people pass by.
Third on the list of best coffee shops in San Francisco is Sightglass Coffee.
Welcome to Sightglass Coffee! Step inside and take a minute of two to take in the sights. An enormous roaster, big bags of green coffee, classy interior, great Baristas; this place was a sure thing when I was compiling this list. The single origin coffees are amazing and the cold brews are balanced and more than welcome during the summer. Talking to the Baristas is a little troublesome since this place is always bustling with caffeine starving customers. But nevertheless this is a true gem!
The best coffee shops list continues with Paramo on 9th street.
Paramo Coffee is one of those places you would walk by if you didn’t know what you were looking for. Thankfully you do know what you are looking for: great coffee. You will not find pour over coffee’s here, but the espresso’s and filter coffee is just amazing. Since the crowds come and go, this is a place where occasionally you can sit down and enjoy your coffee in peace.
From Paramo Coffee I take you down to Coffee Cultures on Mission Street.
When you step inside Coffee Cultures you will notice three things: the music, the open space and the stuff they have for sale. Do you want to buy a Chemex or an Aeropress? A coffee scale or maybe some other coffee utilities? Just take a look around. The place has sufficient spots to sit down with some friends and enjoy the coffee. Take a look at the wall art or just watch the Baristas do their thing. Coffee Cultures has two blends on Espresso and several Single Origins on Filter or pour over. I had my first Kobuta coffee from Papua New Guinea here, and it was lovely. If you are in the area you should definitely stop by.
The next shop on the list is Blue Bottle Coffee. Most of you will probably have heard about Blue Bottle and the quality of their coffee earned them a place in this list of best coffee shops.
Blue Bottle Coffee has several shops in San Francisco and is world famous for the quality of coffee they serve. I went to a small shop at Market Street but wasn’t disappointed about the quality of coffee. Cold brew, pour over, espresso, they have it all. My Barista had some trouble explaining to me what beans went into the blends they serve, but that is the only ‘con’ I can think of. This specific spot is mostly for take out but the other Blue Bottle Coffee shops have plenty of space to sit down and enjoy a nice cup of coffee.
As I mentioned above, this list is far from completed. I will visit some more spots in the future but for know I will just write down the names of those shops. All of them are recommended by Baristas from the local coffee scene.
- Four Barrel Coffee – 375 Valencia Street
- Ritual Coffee – 1050 Howard Street
- Andytown Coffee Roasters – 3655 Lawton Street
- Snowbird Coffee – 1352 9th Ave A
- Pentacle Coffee – 64 Sixth Street